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Alois Clemens

Consultant, researcher, and leader in Xalapa, Mexico

Life has treated me well and given me a lot of experience and knowledge to help build a lasting development model in theory and practice. My passion is to continue learning and sharing. The sharing part I try to do in my private life and through teaching and writing. My strength is bringing theory and practice together.

This means the challenge to line up technological and social systems with special attention for the production and trade of natural resources, small-scale and large-scale and the co-production of knowledge and experience.

This line of thought requires early identification of social and technological opportunities and creating shared values based on multi-scale analysis. Good multidisciplinary networking and programming lead to sustained results characterized by strong feedback mechanisms and flexibility. Key words are emerging initiatives, collaborative leadership and co-production and I have worked in many different countries on different continents.

Currently I am living in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico and I am looking for new opportunities for sharing through teaching and consultancies. Before working at the Universidad Iberoamericana I worked on the ground for about 10 years in Mexico, and before that, another 10 years globally at WWF (forests and agriculture; market transition and nature protection), followed by over a year of research and consultancy (CE Delft, international biofeedstocks). This brought me to start a PhD at Wageningen University (which I stopped after a year of research out of lack of funding). Topic: Inclusive technological innovation with a case study on algea production as an example of a multi-purpose technology (energy, protein and water purification) that can be differently designed according to its technological and / or social objectives. The implications of the scale of production and network functioning are the key elements of research, closely linked to leadership styles.

  • Work
    • Lecturer
  • Education
    • MSc. Geography of developing countries, economy of development