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Student Profile - Luigi Russi

Luigi Rossi
1. What had you been doing prior to beginning your PG course at Schumacher College?
Prior to my course at Schumacher, I was a Visiting Lecturer in one of London's universities: I was teaching politics and critical development to undergraduate students.
2. What was it that made you want to take the programme?
I had been wanting to participate in the Economics for Transition course since it started being advertised (I had been a short course participant at Schumacher before, and that’s how I learnt about the course). I was particularly intrigued at the possibilities the course would offer to fertilise my own knowledge of critical economics with insights and practice drawn from the experience of the Transition movement and beyond.
3. Describe your time at the College?
The time at the College was nothing short of transformative. It was deeply insightful, and I felt like I really came into my own as a scholar and as a person. To this day, lessons learnt at the College have afforded me with prompts to find an orientation in really challenging situations, both of an intellectual and of a personal sort. The maturation I sensed occurring in me during my time at Schumacher was both an outcome of the teaching itself, but also of the residential setup, which has certain relational abilities (taking risks, being propositive, engaging diplomatically, articulating dissent) simply ‘grow on’ course participants.

4. What have you gone on to do since leaving the College?

Since leaving the college I have gone on to write a book on the economics of the Transition movement, and I have joined a PhD programme. Most importantly, I am still working through the flurry of ideas the time as an E4T student has kicked up.