Core Members


Prof. Heinz Dieterich

Coordinator of the World Advanced Research Project (WARP), Director of the Center for Transition Sciences (CTS), Mexico City-Berlin.

Heinz Dieterich Steffan is a German sociologist and a political analyst residing in Mexico. He is credited with pioneering the idea of 21st Century socialism, which was championed and put into application in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez. Heinz Dieterich, a former advisor to the Venezuelan government and a professor at Mexico City's Metropolitan Autonomous University, is the author of the book "The Socialism of the 21st Century", which Hugo Chavez mentioned during a January 2005 speech at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In his book, Dieterich states that he believes that the Venezuelan government under Hugo Chavez has been the most successful at adopting the principles of basic principles of modern socialism, such as majority democracy, in which plebiscites are used to make decisions.

Degree in Sociology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt, 1973. Doctor in Social and Economic Sciences, University of Bremen, RFA, 1976. Since 1976 he is a full professor of Sociology at the UAM, Mexico, D.F. President of the Forum for the Emancipation and Identity of Latin America. Since 1992 he is a member of the national system of researchers (SIN) Mexico. He is the author / co-author of over 30 books. He recently published: End of Global Capitalism. The New Historical Project, (1998); Hugo Chávez: With Bolívar and the people. A new Latin American project is born (1999); National Identity and Globalization. The crisis in the Social Sciences. Essays (1999); The Fourth Way to Power (2000). He is a visiting professor in Germany, Spain, the United States, Brazil, Nicaragua and Canada. 




Prof. Victor Barkhatov

Doctor of Economics, Professor, Director of Institute of Economics of Industries and Markets, Chelyabinsk State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia

Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor, head of the Department of Economics of Industries and Markets of Chelyabinsk State University. A metallurgist by education, in 1980 was carried away by economic science. Apprentice L.I. Abalkina and G.P. Zhuravleva, he devoted more than 40 years to science and higher education.

He actively investigates in the priority areas of economic science in Russia and conducts scientific and practical research about enterprises, banks, insurance, investment companies, government agencies. He regularly leads projects that received financial support from scientific foundations. He wrote more than 300 scientific papers, monographs and educational publications. V. Barhatov analyses problems connected with political economy, state capitalism, digital economy, industrial regions, small and medium-sized businesses, modernization of the Russian economy, taxation of enterprises.

More than 65 scientists became candidate of economic science thanks to the supervision of V. Barhatov; actually, he is supervising 18 PhD students and researchers and 12 Post Doc Students. His students for outstanding achievements in scientific activity have repeatedly been awarded scholarships of the President of the Russian Federation, the Government of Russia, the Governor and the Legislative Assembly of the Chelyabinsk region, all-Russian charitable foundations.

Professional achievements of VI. Barkhatov of this period are marked with the Order "For Merits before the Fatherland", Zhukov medals, medal in honour of V.I Vernadsky for his success in the development of Russian science, "For valiant work", "For the development of virgin lands," "The ascetic of education" in memory of the 300th anniversary of MV. Lomonosov, badges of honour the Governor of the Chelyabinsk region "For services to the Chelyabinsk region", the Governor of the Kurgan region "For a good cause", etc.


Prof. Paul Cockshott

Glasgow University (ret.), Ph.D. in Computer Sciences, Mathematician, Economist

William Paul Cockshott is a Scottish computer scientist, economist and a reader at the University of Glasgow. He has made contributions in the fields of image compression, 3D television, parallel compilers and medical imaging, but became known to a wider audience for his proposals in the multi-disciplinary area of economic computability, most notably as co-author of the book Towards a New Socialism, advocating for more efficient and democratic planning of a complex economy:



Prof. Konstantin Sivkov

Vice President, The Russian Academy of Rocket and Artillery Sciences, Doctor of Military Sciences, Moscow

Russian military and public figure, military and political analyst, doctor of military sciences, specialist in military political science, captain of the first rank. He is one of the founders of the Academy. Geopolitical problems are an independent scientific research organization specializing in military analytics. Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences.One of the main military reviewers of the newspaper Military-Industrial Courier, the publication received the Golden Press Fund prize in the framework of a contest of federal and federal agencies for the press and mass communications of the Russian Federation.


Assoc. Prof. Gernot Ernst

Vestre Viken hospital trust and Psychological Institute, University of Oslo, Norway

Born 18.9.1964 in Tübingen, Germany, he wrote 7 books, 8 book chapters, 11 reviews, 9 articles, 36 abstracts. In the last years, he is focusing on social and political neuroscience. He is interested in the effect of different substances and other parameters on social and political behavior.



Prof. Stefan Rehfus

Environmental Engineer, CEO of EKO-Plant Enterprize, Germany

Stefan Rehfus, born in April 1969 in Western-Germany.
Study of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) between 1990 and 1997. Main Aspects of his studies: drinking water treatment, microbiological sanitation of polluted soils, waste water treatment and computer-based simulation of water flows and qualities.
Since the mid-80s, Stefan Rehfus was participant of progressive political Movements in West-Germany, e.g. the antifascist Movement and international solidarity groups. 
He is co-founder of the Website “”, which stands for “Politic and Culture”. Puk was one of the first leftist internet-projects in Germany since the early 90s.
Since 1997, Stefan Rehfus works for a small-medium enterprise in Mid-Germany, the “EKO-PLANT” Company. EKO-PLANT developed fast and is now one of the leading specialists for natural-based systems for waste water and sewage sludge treatment in reed beds. Stefan Rehfus is responsible for leading several research projects of EKO-PLANT in cooperation with different german universities, also he is developer of some major natural based techniques and inventor of 4 patents. 
Stefan Rehfus was speaker on several international conferences, e.g. in Berlin, Mexico City, Toluca, Gdansk. His main topics are sustainable development and environmental engineering, but he held also lectures on labour-time based value exchange. In one of the first case studies worldwide, he calculated different exchange methods for products, based on environmental impact, labour value and prices. 
Since 2015, Stefan Rehfus is CEO of EKO-PLANT.

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Prof. Pham Van Duc

Vice-President of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and President of Graduate Academy of Social Sciences, VASS: Full-professor, Vice-President of World Association of Political Economy

Pham Van Duc is founding member (2006) and Vice-President (2014) of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE), an international academic organization founded by Marxian economists and related groups around the world, member of Steering Committee of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), full-professor (2016). He was also granted the Distinguished Achievement Award of World Political Economy of the 21st Century at the Eighth WAPE Forum in Brazil in 2013.

Pham Van Duc is also an active member of the intercultural philosophy network founded by Raúl Fornet-Betancourt. Over decades Pham Van Duc has also served as the RVP regional coordinator of Asia.

Pham Van Duc has published widely. He is co-authored of 13 books, edited or co-edited 24 books in English and Vietnamese, including: On the Development of Today’s Vietnamese Society, (1991); Social Progress: Some Pressing Theoretical Issues (2000); Man-Nature Relationship and Social Development (2000); Global Problems in the Two First Decades of the 21th Century (2006); State’s Management on Natural Resources and Environment towards Sustainable Development: From a Perspective of Human Sciences (2006); Historical Fate of Socialism (2009). Globalization in AsiaPacific Context: Some Philosophical Reflections (2007); Social Responsibility of Confusim in History of Vietnam and Korea. (2015); Some Issues on Social Philosophy in Vietnam Today. (2016) (in English); Democracy in the Context of One-Party System and Internation Integration of Vietnam (2017).

Pham Van Duc has published more than 100 papers in different scientific journals and reviews.

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Prof. Toshihiro Wada

Prof. of Ehime-University, Japan



Assist.Prof. Mandana Tishehyar

Allameh Tabataba’I University, Teheran, Iran



Juan Carlos Olguin

Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Center for Transition Sciences, Mexico City (Artificial Intelligence models in Agriculture)



Alfredo Jalife-Rahme




Prof. Dmitri Pletnev

PhD in Economics, Deputy Vice-Rector, Chelyabinsk State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia



Prof. Liu Zixu

Liu Zixu, PhD in communication and media studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, Assistant Researcher at the Academy of Marxism of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Deputy Editorial Director of the English language quarterly International Critical Thought (launched in 2011, published by Routledge). His research mainly focuses on the political economy of communication, media studies, and culture and ideology. His publications include I Watch Therefore I Am: The Political Economy of Chinese Television Advertising (Canut International Publishing, 2018),Fanaticism: Uses of an Idea (by Alberto Toscano, Translation into Chinese), “The Historical Contribution of the October Revolution to the Economic and Social Development of the Soviet Union—Analysis of the Soviet Economic Model and the Causes of Its Dramatic End” (with Cheng Enfu, International Critical Thought, 2017, vol. 7, no. 3), “Once upon a Time in China— Nationalism, Modernity, and Cinematic Representation” (Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2014, no. 4), etc.

Email:;Tel: 86-13910874972

Address: No. 5 Jianguomen Nei Ave., Academy of Marxism, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100732, P. R. China