Prof. Edgardo Lander
Professor of Social Sciences at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas
Edgardo Lander actively participates in TNI's New Politics project, writing critical analyses of the Venezuelan political situation that have been translated and widely circulated in Spanish, English, French and German.
Within Venezuela, he is part of the Citizens Platform in Defense of Democracy, a political collective trying to defend the Bolivarian Constitution of 1999, which is under severe attacks both by an increasingly authoritarian government and the right wing opposition. The group aims at building alternatives to interventionist policies.
Edgardo has actively fought against the expansion of extractivism, particularly in the struggle against the Orinoco Mining Arch, a government project to open up 122,000 square kilometers of richly biodiverse territories- an area the size of Cuba- to transnational corporations for large scale open pit mining. This is in violation of the constitution and the main environmental, labor and indigenous peoples rights' laws.
His recent work focused on the shift to the right wing in the region, particularly in Brazil and Argentina, which has led to a sense of defeat and feeling of loss for progressive movements.
He writes and speaks on the economic and political crisis in Venezuela, where almost 10% of the population has emigrated in the last 3 years. In particular, he spent time working on a chapter on Venezuela for the book Alternatives in a world of crisis, to be published by the Rosa Luxemburg foundation in 2018.
He continues to be active in the Latin American Permanent Working Group on Alternatives to Development for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and is also a Member of the Political Ecology Working Group for the Latin American Social Science Council (CLASCO).