I am excited this year to be co-teaching the upcoming Globalization and Development module (that is part of Masters Programme) with Prof Gaël Giraud, former Chief Economist of Agence Française de Développement (French Development Bank); Professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC)/LISIS; Senior researcher at CNRS; Professor of Energy and Prosperity; and member of the Steering Committee of Campus de la Transition. Besides holding a Phd in Mathematics and practicing as an economist, he is also an ordained Jesuit Priest and lives in a Jesuit community in Paris. He has just completed his Phd in Theology on the potential of a transition to a commons-based economy. He will deliver a Soil, Soul and Society seminar on Thursday 25th July at 17.30 at the Sustainability Institute. The provisional topic is: Towards a New Commons-based Economy: Concepts, Applications and Potential. Gael arrives this week, and we plan to spend the rest of the month together talking and teaching, with a view to fusing together our respective knowledge fields into what hopefully could be a really meaningful journal article that could firmly link together what currently remains very disconnected, namely solutions to the global economic crisis, new theories of governance, sustainability transitions and the new literature on commons-based economies.