University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Brian Kelly MS and Certificate of Ecological Economics Candidate

BS University of Pennsylvania, Economics

Areas of Interest:

ecological economics, dynamic systems change, poverty eradication
social entrepreneurship

Contact Information
Office:004 Morrill Hall
Email: email Brian












Brian - a self-described privileged white male with Irish and Polish heritage - received his BS in Economics from UPenn, with a concentration in Local Development in a Globalized Society. He then spent 1 year in Guatemala as a human rights accompanier. In rural Guatemala, Brian was inspired by community-driven action led by returned refugees to govern their community. In the mountains of Huehuetenango, the question arose: What does economic development look like when there is limited infrastructure, limited state involvement, and a limited cash economy? Upon returning to Philadelphia, he began work on the community planning and organizing project known as Shared Prosperity, which takes an asset-based community development approach to ensure just and equitable development that is simultaneously people- and place-based. Passions: swimming, cards, oats, Sinead O'Connor.

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