Rebecca Hollender is a fifth year doctoral student in Public and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City. She is currently concluding dissertation field work in Ecuador as a Fulbright Scholar. Her research explores an emerging set of Alternatives to Development theories, proposals, and practices which offer locally appropriate strategies for meeting human development goals without environmental or social destruction. By analyzing the experiences and insights of the environmental, afro-indigenous, and women’s groups at the forefront of Alternatives to Development initiatives, her research seeks to understand the factors which have enabled the achievements made towards advancing their goals, as well as the obstacles and opportunities that influence future outcomes. Rebecca lived in Bolivia for six years, working simultaneously at grassroots and political levels. At the grassroots, she facilitated the Working Group on Climate Change and Justice, a social collective comprised of 50 Bolivian NGOs who engage with climate change from a perspective of ecological and ethical justice. She also worked as a member of the official Bolivian Delegation at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), Durban, South Africa (Nov-Dec 2011) and U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Rio, Brazil, (June 2012). She is the author of numerous publications on bioprospecting, climate change, environmental politics, lithium, and neoextractivism in South America.