Alun Wyn Griffiths

Alun Griffiths is Welsh, British. He currently teaches at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, ENSAM Marseille & L'Instutut Supérieure Marseille Cadenelle. He has lived in Marseille since 1994, before he was Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Urban Land Economics at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K. then "fled thatcherism ». Son of a Welsh Miner, born in London, aged 11 he won a scholarship to Leeds Grammar School. After school He worked in hotels in France before a BSc (IIi) in Urban Land Economics at Trent Polytechnic. Eschewing an offer to read for a PhD in Land Economy at Cambridge University, he worked in Social Housing in Sheffield, then inthe Cabinet at Oxford City Council for the current mayor, returning to Sheffield to be operations director for the largest neighbourhood regeneration project in the U.K. In 1990 he gained a MSc in Urban Renewal and Design at Liverpool John Moores University. Moving to France in 1994 he gave conferences at the Sorbonne etc, was invited researcher in two C.N.R.S. Research Institutes, C.I.E.U. Toulouse Mirail and C.E.R. Poitiers) He has also worked in Multimedia, in Media and Knowledge Management, for the World Water Council, a Multinational company and an International N.G.O. in London and Paris, directed an E.U. funded environmental economics action research project between the U.K., Germany and Belgium. Now a freelance trainer, researcher and consultant his current research interests span Ecological Economics applied to the City, (@ imera.org) Celtic pre history/culture and other philosophical/mystical contributions to the search for « Right Livelihood. » Not a prolific publisher much but hopes to improve « tomorrow ! » He contributes to Radio ZinZine a local radio station in Aix-en-Provence, is also developing a practical « zero carbon » small holding in Piedmont, Italy, and is active in alter globalisation, ecological politics and Plaid Cymru ; Alun is a passionate follower of Welsh Rugby, loves cooking, plays Jazz trumpet is learning Moroccan Castanets. He would like to play more music and write more poetry than he currently does. Ambitions include giving his inaugural lecture In Welsh at the « Collège de France" ...He loves his Stepdaughter Gabriella very much. 1 major regret, not staying in Cuba after a visit in 1993