May East

May East

May East

May East is a sustainability educator, spatial planner, and social innovator. Her work spans the fields of ‘artivism’, urban ecology, and women’s studies. Designated one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row, she leads a whole generation of regenerative educators and practitioners in 49 countries working with community-based organisations and intergovernmental agencies in the development of policy guidance and projects strengthening climate resilience, food security, and livelihood action. A UNITAR Fellow she has an MSc in Spatial Planning with specialisation in the rehabilitation of abandoned villages.  Her passion is to co-develop Project-Based Learning trajectories supporting indigenous and migrant communities and their traditions to survive in rapidly changing environments while enhancing their opportunities to become the designers of their desired future.

Knowledge Cloud

Country: UK, Brazil

Academic Titles: MSc Spatial Planning


Teaching language: English, Portuguese

EDEs Facilitated:
Findhorn, Scotland x 11
UMAPAZ, São Paulo x 6
Gaia Rio, Brazil x 5
Gaia Sul- Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Insituto Caminho do Meio, Brazil x 3
Gaia Curitiba, Brazil x 3
Ecobairro Salvador, Brazil x 2
Gaia Brasília, Brazil
Amagaia, Céu do Mapiá, Amazon, Brazil
Universidade Estadual do Ceará, Brazil
Gaia Transition Brasilândia, Brazil
Middle East Technical University, Turkey x 2
Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey
Espacio E.C.O., Argentina
Wongsanit, Thailand
Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Siddarth Village Orissa, India
Son Rul-lan, Mallorca, Spain
Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development, Bangladesh
Podor Region, Senegal

Press articles:

How one Brazilian slum is blurring the boundary between forest and city
The Guardian, 31 October 2014