Nina L. Smolyar

L4E PhD Fellow – University of Vermont


Twitter: @NinaLSmolyar

LinkedIn: Nina L. Smolyar

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Nina is happily nerding out in L4E on her commitment to co-creating ecological and social conditions that support life, transforming human power differentials previously designed into ossifying institutions that replicate suffering.

Their current research interest is deep alliance among decolonization and degrowth towards lifeworlds of collective mutual thriving for all beings beyond justice. Hunch: aka global reparations, aka re~Indigenizing eco~community economics.

After graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science, Nina follows the white rabbit her curiosity in deep sustainability, holding various roles in social justice and environmental organizations. 


She has lived, loved, and worked at two intentional communities in Western Massachusetts, practicing sustainable living in intimate relationships with the land and all their peoples. These experiences inspired her to investigate community-building in a self-designed graduate program at Goddard College, where she completed a Master of Arts thesis on conflict transformation in intentional community.

When not all up in this funky jazz, or playing ecoartsy tetris in her home, she can usually be found dancing like a lunatic, sprinting like a wild husky, doodling poetry, listening to neighboring turkeys et al., singing to plants in the community garden, making friends, fantasizing about moonlighting as a stand-up comic, quasi-productively procrastinating on social media, and these fine Vermont summer days, roaming to lizard on the rocks and nap in the wild grass flowers by the water. Still under review: maybe curbing the run on sentencing though, because apparently she should, but is not actually really interested very much at all. Smolyar, out.




El Cambalache and Inter-Change: Co-creating decolonial, Feminist, Solidarity Economies

In Women and Environments International Magazine: Celebrating Economies of Change: Brave Visions for Inclusive Futures, 2019.


From the Anthropocene to Mutual Thriving: An Agenda for Higher Education in the Ecozoic

L4E Contributors:  Ivan Vargas Roncancio, Leah Temper, Joshua Sterlin, Nina L. Smolyar, Shaun Sellers, Maya Moore, Rigo Melgar-Melgar, Jolyon Larson, Catherine Horner, Jon D. Erickson, Megan Egler, Peter G. Brown, Emille Boulot, Tina Beigi and Michael Babcock