Meet the organising committee

Arnaud Diemer is the founder and scientific coordinator of ERASME. He is an Associate Professor at Université Clermont Auvergne, in the Centre for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI). Arnaud’s research focuses on Economic Modelling, History of Ideas and Economic Facts, Agricultural Innovations and Education for Sustainable Development. He is also engaged in the Post-Growth Institute’s activities. Arnaud is a core member of ERASME’s management team.

Marie Schellens is the president of ERASME. She holds a PhD in Physical Geography from Stockholm University and a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland. Currently, Marie works as an Environmental Security Analyst at UNEP’s Crisis Management Branch. In ERASME, Marie is contributing with research on the role of natural resources in conflict risk, by using qualitative and quantitative tools from the field of complex systems. She is a core member of ERASME’s management team.

Therese Bennich holds a PhD in Physical Geography from Stockholm University and a PhD in Economics from Université Clermont Auvergne. She has a background in economics, physical geography and system dynamics modelling. Therese carries out research on the integrated analysis of transition pathways to a bio-based economy. Currently, she also works in the EU funded research project BuildERS, which aims to enhance the resilience of EU communities and citizens in the face of natural and man-made hazards. Her work in ERASME focuses on complexity sciences and she has been in the organising committee for several events.

Maartje Oostdijk is finalising her PhD in fisheries modelling, a double degree between University of Iceland and Stockholm University. She is using tools such as network analysis and ecological modelling to understand marine social-ecological systems. In her work for ERASME she uses systems thinking to evaluate Green deal implementation in Europe for third countries. She has been on the organising committee for a number of past ERASME summer schools and conferences.

Manuel Morales holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Université Clermont Auvergne and is a Postdoc at the Industrial Bioeconomy Chair in NEOMA Business School. His profile combines industrial economy, ecosystem theory, complex and systems analysis to study innovation and economic behaviour in a variety of industrial and public settings. He applies multi-layer modelling, network analysis and system dynamics as a methodology to simulate future desirable scenarios.

Timothy Marcroft is ERASME’s Treasurer. He has completed a Master’s degree in the Social and Solidarity Economy at the Université Lyon 2 Lumière. Now, he plans to begin a doctoral thesis in collaboration with MondArverne Communauté, HVL University in Norway, and the Université Clermont-Auvergne studying citizen participation in the ecological transition. His research interests include: participatory and democratic organizational structures, local development, political economy, systems dynamics, network socio-economics, and anything else that can help to build a just and sustainable world where everyone is free.