Academic Qualifications

PhD in Sociology, 2011 – Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Master in Sociology, 2006 – Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Master in European Studies, 1998 –  London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Bachelor in International Relations, 1997 –  Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

Biographical Information

Ana Margarida Esteves is a scholar-activist, researcher and educator, born in Portugal in 1975. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University’s Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies (New Orleans, LA, USA). She does research and teaches on Social and Solidarity Economy, popular education, community-based finance, participatory action research, alternative food systems, local development and direct and participatory democracy, as well as on how to integrate “specialist” and “lay” knowledge in academic and activist research. She is the author of several articles and edited book chapters on these topics. She is also a co-founder and member of the international spokescouncil of Interface: A journal for and about social movements ( ). Ana Margarida is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled ” The Democratic potential of integrative public spaces: Institutional innovation, participation and the promotion of a reciprocity-based economy by the Solidarity Economy Forums in Brazil”. She is also a co-founder of Associação Academia Cidadã/The Citizenship Academy, a popular education collective and think-tank, modeled after The Highlander Center (New Market, TN, USA), which is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal.


Esteves, A.M. (2016) "Radical Environmentalism and “Commoning”: Synergies Between Ecosystem Regeneration and Social Governance at Tamera Ecovillage, Portugal", Antipode

Esteves, A.M. (2016) "Embodied Knowledge, Networks of Trust: Methodological challenges and political innovations of the “Healing Biotope Model”, as implemented by the intentional community of Tamera, southern Portugal", In Cristina Haguenauer Redes e Comunidades: Uma visão transdisciplinar

Esteves, A.M. (2014) "New Social Movements and Cooperative Federations as Promoters of Effective Worker Ownership: Lessons from Argentina and Brazil", Revista de Economia Solidária, 6, pp. 73-131.

Esteves, A.M. (2014) "Decolonizing Livelihoods, Decolonizing the Will: Solidarity Economy as a social justice paradigm in Latin America", In Michael Reisch Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice, (pp. 74-90). Routledge: Abingdon, UK.

Esteves, A.M. (2013) "Experiental and relational dimensions in the pedagogical practice of Solidarity Economy: Insights from Brazil", Sara C. Motta & Mike Cole (eds.), Education and Social Change in the Americas, Londres: Palgrave Macmillan Press. ISBN: 978-1-137-38067-8.