People

Nick Hedlund-de Witt

Executive Director

Nick Hedlund-de Witt, M.A., is a scholar specializing in the intersection of metatheory and the cultural and psychological dimensions of global sustainability. As a Ph.D. researcher studying under Roy Bhaskar at the University of London Institute of Education, he is synthesizing Critical Realism and Integral Theory into a new metatheoretical framework for integrative knowledge production and emancipatory social research, while applying it to address global climate change. Nick has served as adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University, associate director of the Integral Ecology Center, associate organizer of the biennial Integral Theory Conference, and co-organizer of the International Critical Realism & Integral Theory Symposium. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, where he was guest editor of a special issue on Integral Research. He is currently editing a book with Roy Bhaskar and Sean Esbjörn-Hargens entitled Metatheory for the 21st-Century: Critical Realism and Integral Theory in Dialogue (Routledge). Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Culture, Ecology, and Consciousness from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and a (second) Master’s in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Through the course of his studies, he has received several academic honors including the Jacob Van Ek Scholar Award and the Honors Graduating Senior Scholarship Award for his undergraduate thesis. He currently lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with his wife and research collaborator Annick Hedlund-de Witt. Nick can be reached at: nickhedlunddewitt@metaintegral.org.

Karen De Looze

Associate Researcher

Karen De Looze, Ph.D.(c) is a researcher associated with the Interdisciplinary Center Leo Apostel at Brussels Free University. She serves as an editorial board member of the International Journal of Technoethics. Karen has obtained a bachelor's degree in educational science, a master's degree in social and cultural anthropology, and a second master in cultures and development studies. Research projects have allowed her to undertake fieldwork in various contexts in North America, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Currently, Karen is at the final stages of finishing an interdisciplinary PhD, wherein she studies the assumptions of consciousness and self-understanding that are implicit in the concept of brain death and the practice of cadaver organ donation. In preparation for her PhD, Karen spent 20 months in India, investigating how the concept of brain death and the practice of cadaver organ donation are inscribed in diverse clinical settings and justified beyond. Through this work, Karen offers an integral perspective to better understand the different dynamics that are at play in the field of bioethics. Karen published numerous articles in both books and journals, among others in Worldviews, Science and Us, the National Medical Journal of IndiaJournal of Integral Theory and Practice, and her work will also soon appear in Contemporary South Asia. Karen has moreover aimed at a vast distribution of her work by publishing a large amount of opinion pieces in popularizing media, as well as by presenting her work at conferences in locations ranging from Tübingen, over Calcutta, to Hawaii. Karen is also a student at Integral Coaching Canada® and interested in putting her coaching skills to work in support of a project she calls ‘culture coaching.’

Zachary Stein

Senior Researcher

Zachary Stein, Ed. M., is currently a doctoral candidate at Harvard in the Mind, Brain, and Education department. He has published on topics in the philosophy of education, neuroscience, interdisciplinarity, developmental psychology, and psychometrics. He is an editor for the journal Mind, Brain, and Education, and has had papers in journals such as, American Psychologist, New Ideas in Psychology, and Journal of Philosophy of Education. He has also published widely on topics in Integral Theory—from meta-theory to developmental ethics—writing for outlets such as Integral Review and the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. While at Harvard he has received several honors including an Intellectual Contribution Award and a Faculty Tribute Fellowship. Zak is an award-winning participant in international academic conferences—including the first biannual international Integral Theory Conference, where he received the award for best overall research contribution. He is a sought after lecturer and workshop facilitator. Zak is also the Co-Founder, Deputy Director, and Senior Analyst at Lectica, Inc., a non-profit research and development organization focusing on basic issues in psychometrics, test design, and human development. Lectica is currently working with numerous coaches and consultants in the private sector, with Harvard University and John F. Kennedy University among others in the academy, and is engaged with broad standardized testing reform initiatives in Dallas and Boston. Zak lives with his wife, Meghan, an illustrator and artist, on a pond in Goshen, MA.

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