University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Joshua Farley

Joshua Farley Fellow

PhD, Ag/Resource/Managerial Economics, Cornell University

MIA, Economic & Political Development, Columbia University

BA, Biology, Grinnell College


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Joshua Farley focuses on mechanisms for allocating resources under local control and national sovereignty that generate global public goods, developing transdisciplinary case study approaches to environmental problem solving as an educational tool, ecological restoration of rainforest ecosystems, economic globalization, and the valuation and finance of restoring natural capital. Josh is an ecological economist who holds degrees in biology, international affairs and economics. At the Gund, Josh is researching and writing on monetary and fiscal policy for a steady state economy; working on a UTC funded project on the relationship between bicycles, transportation sustainability, and quality of life; and researching interconnections between agroecology, ecosystem services, economic institutions and human welfare in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Past projects include Vermont's common asset trust, integrating agroecology and┬ápayments for ecosystem services in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and Gund Ateliers in Ecological Economics.He has previously served as Program Director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies, as the Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics, and as adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. Josh served as a visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Bahia (UFBA) on a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil. Josh is co-author with Herman Daly of Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, 2 ed. Island Press (2010).

AT UVM: Josh Farley is a Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


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Josh's broad research interests focus on the design of an economy capable of balancing what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable.

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