University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

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Gund Institute History

Thanks to the generous support of the Gund Family, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics was established at the University of Vermont in 2002. The Gund Institute is currently housed in the historic Johnson House, and is part of UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Gund Institute represents UVM's commitment to using transdisciplinary approaches to solve real-world problems. Working together, scholars, students, and practitioners study the interactions between people and nature, develop creative, practical solutions to local and global environmental challenges, and train future leaders.

The Gund Institute is a community comprising diverse faculty, students, and collaborators across Vermont and around the world. We are researchers, educators, and practitioners collaborating in transdisciplinary scholarship.


Appointed as faculty in Colleges and Schools throughout the University of Vermont, Gund Fellows bring expertise in natural science, social science, business, law, policy, and communications.


Gund Affiliates are individuals from organizations outside of the University of Vermont who collaborate actively with the Gund Institute on current projects and initiatives. Gund Affiliates include university researchers, government scientists, consultants, and writers.

Postdoctoral Associates

Gund Postdoctoral Associates are PhD-level scientists who spend one to three years at the Gund Institute pursuing research projects in close collaboration with Gund Fellows.

Graduate Student Fellows

Gund Graduate Student Fellows are Master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate students at the University of Vermont with a strong interest in the transdisciplinary research and education mission of the Gund Institute.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars spend up to a year in residence to collaborate on research and education at the Gund Institute. Past Visiting Scholars come from countries all around the world including Brazil, Germany, China, Canada and more.


Gund Staff provide assistance and leadership to the Gund Institute, including management and coordination of a variety of projects in education, research, operations, communication, and community outreach.


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