David Barkin holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University and is currently Distinguished Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco Campus, in Mexico City. He collaborated in the founding of the Ecodevelopment Center in 1974. He received the National Prize for Political Economy in 1979.
He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and is an Emeritus member of the National Research Council. He collaborates with indigenous and peasant communities to promote the sustainable management of regional resources. With his colleagues, he promotes capacities for community autonomy and management of ecosystems, as well as the self-sufficiency of their basic needs, in a context where productive diversification generates complementary income to improve their quality of life. Many of these communities are engaged in activities building networks to reinforce their societies, developing new institutions to advance towards the construction of post-capitalist societies by fostering new forms of coexistence and alternatives to development to move towards a world of ‘good living’.
He is recognized for his theory of Radical Ecological Economics, developed during the past 15 years. In 2016, he received an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany). His latest books are: ‘From Protest to Proposal: 50 years imagining and building the future’ (Siglo XXI, 2018) and ‘The Environmental Tragedy in Latin America and the Caribbean’ (ECLAC, 2020, with 20 Latin American colleagues).