Tara Ruttenberg – University for Peace (Costa Rica)

Tara Ruttenberg is Instructor and Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, where she teaches on alternatives to development and well-being economics for ‘living well’ in harmony with nature. In addition to decolonizing sustainable surf tourism, Tara’s research focuses on the role of Andean indigenous cosmologies and critical action research in supporting post-extractivist futures in Latin America. Tara works as Teaching Assistant for the University of Georgia’s study abroad program, Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica, and she created Tarantula Surf (www.tarantulasurf.com) as an online platform for authentic story-sharing and engaging with new social paradigms for a more beautiful world – in surfing communities and beyond.