ETOPIA is a Belgian political ecology think tank. Founded in 2004 and based in Namur, it brings together environmental activists, researchers, educators and agents of change. We have three missions: forecasting, training and documenting.

We publish numerous analyses and studies, as well as books and a journal. Actively involved in lifelong learning, we organise seminars, conferences and training sessions. We are also home to a documentation and archive centre that documents everything that political ecology and environmental movements have produced for more than 40 years.

Christophe Derenne

Christophe founded Etopia in 2004 and is the organisation’s director,
as well as a coordinator for the Political Ecology Conference

Delphine Masset

Forecasting consultant at Etopia
and a coordinator for the Political Ecology Conference

Scientific board

Members of the scientific board

The scientific board decides the call for papers.
Chloé Deligne

Chloé Deligne

Lecturer and FNRS senior research associate at Faculty of Philosophy and Social Science (Department of History, Arts and Archaeology), Université Libre de Bruxelles


Olivier De Schutter

Professor of International Law at the Centre for Philosophy of Law, UCLouvain


Charlotte Luyckx

PhD and visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters, UCLouvain


Marek Hudon

Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles


Nathalie Grandjean

PhD, researcher in Science & Technology Studies at CRIDS, University of Namur


Philippe Baret

Professor and dean at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UCLouvain


Boris Libois

PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles


Laurent Standaert

Editor-in-Chief of the Green European Journal


Delphine Masset

Forecasting consultant at Etopia and a coordinator for the Political Ecology Conference

Our partners

Imagine Demain le monde

A Belgian bimonthly French-language magazine. It tackles issues related to the environment, society and North-South relations. Part of the slow press movement, it takes an independent and non-conformist look at today’s world and tomorrow’s.

The Green European Foundation

The Green European Foundation (GEF) is a European level political foundation funded by the European Parliament. It is linked to, but independent of, other European Green actors such as the European Green Party and the Green Group in the European Parliament.

The Green European Journal

GEJ is Europe’s leading political ecology magazine. We stand for an open, sustainable, just and feminist Europe. In print and online, we publish articles which track political currents and ideas offering fresh perspectives and frontline analysis.


Oikos is a Flemish environmentalist think tank

Postindustrial Animism

Postindustrial Animism is a subjective exploration of new relationships with nature that are built on complexity and interdependence rather than binary opposition and utilitarianism.

La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

With the support of La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Political Ecology

By taking a systematic view, political ecology marries the principles of justice and solidarity with those of the living world and future generations. With its ambition to permanently deepen democracy, it allows us to imagine a viable world by taking into account all living things, and building resilience to the coming upheaval in the fairest way possible.

But political ecology is also an evolving theory that moves with the times. Although still informed by the work of pioneers such as Gorz, Carson, Bookchin, Jonas, d’Eaubonne, Morin, Illich, Castoriadis and Serres, we believe it should be constantly updated. Given the colossal challenges that we face this century, we want to do so through a process that is completely open.