Arturo Escobar is a professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of the influential book Encountering Development-The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. His recent research has focused on the intersection among development, capital, and social movements in the Colombian Pacific region. Specifically, he is concerned with looking in the context of the transnational debates on rainforest political ecology and biodiversity conservation.
Wendy Harcourt is a program adviser at the Society for International Development, an international development NGO and Editor of Development, the SID quarterly journal, and the current Chair of Women in Development, Europe. She writes extensively in the field of gender and development and has led several research and policy programs for SID, the UN, and European NGOs on globalization, alternative economics and gender, reproductive rights and health, culture and communications.