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7th Annual Conference of U.S. Society for Ecological Economics
Speakers | 7th Annual Conference of U.S. Society for Ecological Economics


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robin broad photo Dr. Robin Broad, American University
Dr. Robin Broad is a leading scholar and participant in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. Her work on this, spanning more than three decades, centers on the political economy of development, and in particular the public and private structures of global economic governance (such as the World Bank, World Trade Organization, free trade agreements, transnational corporations); the impact of these structures of governance on economies, people, and their environments; and the social movements challenging the current structures of global economic governance. Her recent books include Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy and Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match. Broad was one of the first academics to research the World Bank and the impacts of its lending, starting with her 1983 PhD dissertation at Princeton University. Her current research project looks at local, national, and global linkages to focus on the tension between what she calls local "rootedness" versus global "vulnerability." Among her specific field research and writing on this are case-studies of (1.)"food sovereignty" (versus "food security") in poorer countries, with special expertise on organic, local agriculture vs. exports of food crops; and (2.)mining issues (also known as "extractive industries"), with special expertise on current initiatives to advance ethical, just, and sustainable mining of metals such as gold. She is currently a professor at American University.


cchatre photoAshwini Chhatre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ashwini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with research interests broadly centered on the dynamic cross-scale interactions between democratization, economic development, and environmental governance. Ashwini has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. In between, he spent 11 years working with local communities and social movements on democratic governance of natural resources in India. During 2006-07, Ashwini was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science, Harvard University. Ashwini has co-authored one book and published articles in Science, PNAS, Global Environmental Change, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Conservation Biology, Journal of Peasant Studies, World Development, and other journals. Ashwini serves as the Senior Editor for the journal Conservation Letters!.


eisler photoCutler J. Cleveland, Boston University
Cutler J. Cleveland is Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University, where he also is on the faculty of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. He also is a Senior Fellow at theNational Council for Science and the Environment in Washington D.C., where he serves on the Executive Board of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL). Dr. Cleveland is author and editor of acclaimed reference works on energy that include the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier, 2005), the Concise Encyclopedia of the History of Energy, and the Handbook of Energy (Elsevier, 2013). He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth, named the Best Geoscience Website by the Geoscience Information Society. Dr. Cleveland is the recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award from the United States Association of Energy Economics for “unique and innovative contributions to the field of energy economics.” Dr. Cleveland has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, Charles River Associates, the Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


eisler photoRiane Eisler, Center for Partnership Studies
Riane is the co-founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, an organization working to develop social wealth indicators—through its Caring Economy Campaign—that show the economic value of investing in people and nature. Riane was born in Vienna, fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and now teaches in the Transformative Leadership Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Riane is internationally known for her groundbreaking contributions as a systems scientist and attorney working for human rights. She is a founding member of the General Evolution Research Group (GERG), a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and World Business Academy, a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Sp! irituality, along with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including the internationally-acclaimed The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future and the award-winning Tomorrow's Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century. She has received many honors, including honorary Ph.D. degrees and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and is in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

folbre photoNancy Folbre, University of Massachesetts Amherst
Nancy is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2008), Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint (Routledge, 1994) and co-editor, with Michael Bittman, of Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004). Books she has written for a wider audience include Saving State U (New Press, 2010); The Field Guide to the U.S. Economy (with James Heintz and Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, New Press, 2006 and earlier editions), The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001), and The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual (with Randy Albelda, New Press, 1996). She currently coordinates a working group on care work sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation. You can read her regular contribution to the New York Times Economix Blog at


hagans photoNate Hagens, Institute for Integrated Economic Research
Nate is a well-known authority on global resource depletion. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and respected websites discussing global energy supplies and energy decline. He is an active Board Member of both the Institute for Integrated Economic Research and the Post Carbon Institute. Nate's research addresses the opportunities and constraints we face in transitioning away from fossil fuels. On the supply side, Nate focuses on biophysical economics (net energy) and the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources. On the demand side, Nate addresses the evolution-derived underpinnings to conspicuous consumption, valuation of the present over the future, and habituation to resource overconsumption. He offers suggestions on how individuals and society can better adapt for the future. Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Previously, Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.


hal hamilton photoHal Hamilton, Sustainable Food Lab
Hal is the co-director of the global Sustainable Food Lab. From 2001 through 2006 Hal was the Executive Director of Sustainability Institute, succeeding Donella Meadows. Hal's background also includes commercial farming, farm organization leadership, creation of rural development and leadership initiatives, and speaker and advisor to many foundations and agricultural development organizations. Hal's education was at Stanford University and the State University of New York, Buffalo. He has written numerous columns and journal articles and three chapters in books on agricultural policy and change. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and other business schools as well as food industry fora. He is also proud father and grandfather, and lives with his wife in an eco-village on a working farm in Vermont. 


cylvia hayes photoCylvia Hayes, 3EStrategies and Clean Economy Development Center
Cylvia has 23 years experience in clean energy and sustainable economic development. She is founder and CEO of 3EStrategies, a clean economy consulting firm and a Senior Fellow of the Clean Economy Development Center. She is a Senior Fellow of and on the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum Oregon. Currently the First Lady of Oregon, she is a policy advisor to the Governor on the issues of clean energy and economic development. Cylvia served as member and co-chair of the Oregon Renewable Energy Working Group which developed the state Renewable Energy Standard, Renewable Fuels Standard and other clean energy policies. She has considerable training and expertise in collaborative leadership skills and is a fellow and Board Member of the American Leadership Forum. Cylvia has authored several critical studies, including An Analysis of Clean Energy Workforce Needs and Programs in Oregon, which has been named a national best practice by the U.S. EPA.


Carey KingCarey King, Jackson School of Geosciences
Carey is a Research Associate at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the Jackson School of Geosciences. He researches energy systems and how they work together with and within the environment and economy. His specific interests include (i) relating models and metrics of engineering, biophysical economics, and broader macroeconomic indicators; (ii) understanding how technology and policy interact within the nexus between energy and the environment (e.g. water, land, food); (iii) integration and transition to increased renewable energy production; and (iv) the economics and life cycle of system-wide/integrated carbon capture and storage infrastructure. Carey holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He received the Rosenfeld Plaque for a 2010 paper comparing prices and net energy metrics and has published technical articles in the academic journals Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Research Letters, Nature Geoscience, Energy Policy, Sustainability, Natural Resources Journal, and Ecology and Society. Carey resides on the advisory board of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas and blogs for Environmental Research Letters at


magdoff photoFred Magdoff, University of Vermont
Fred Magdoff is Emeritus Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. His area of specialty is soil fertility and management. His academic research focused on the significance of soil organic matter and soil testing to reduce unneeded fertilizer application. Magdoff developed the first usable nitrogen test for corn in humid regions that is now used throughout the Northeast and parts of the Midwest corn belt, as well as in Canada and a number of other countries. He has oriented his outreach activities to explaining how to apply ecological principles to agricultural production. He is most recently the co-author of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal; The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences, The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know, and the third edition of Building Soils For Better Crops: Sustainable Soil Management an ecologically-based approach that explains how to work with and enhance the inherent built-in strengths of plant/soil systems.


nelson photoJulie A. Nelson, University of Massachusetts Boston
Julie A. Nelson is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. She is the author of Economics for Humans (2006), Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics (1996), and many other books and articles which examine the relationship of economics to feminism, ecology, and ethics. Her articles have appeared in journals ranging from Econometrica and the Journal of Political Economy to Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy and Ecological Economics. Dr. Nelson received her PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 and later worked at several institutions including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the University of California Davis, and Harvard University. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Feminist Economics, and a member of the E3 Network (Economics for Equity and the Environment). A recent publication is "Ethics and the Economist: What Climate Change Demands of Us," Ecological Economics (January 2013).


pahl photoGreg Pahl, Freelance author and journalist
Greg has been involved in environmental issues for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of numerous books on energy, including his most recent Power From The People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects. He has written for Mother Earth News and various other publications on alternative energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and a wide range of other topics related to living in a post-carbon world. In the 1980s he lived off the grid in a home in Vermont with a wind turbine atop an 80-foot tower that provided for his electrical needs. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association as well as the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op. Pahl graduated from the University of Vermont and was a military intelligence officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He currenlty lives in Weybridge, Vermont. His articles can be seen at


rees photoWilliam Rees, University of British Columbia
William is a human ecologist, ecological economist, and Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada. His research focuses on the biophysical prerequisites for sustainability in an era of accelerating ecological change. Within this "envelope", he has a special interest in ecologically-relevant metrics of sustainability and their interpretation in terms of complexity theory and behavioural ecology. William is perhaps best known in ecological economics as the originator and co-developer of "ecological footprint analysis." His most recent writing focuses on neuro-biological, cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including human's well-developed capacity for self-delusion. Active across disciplines, William is a long-term member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative. The influence of William's work is widely recognized and awarded. He has lectured by invitation throughout North America and 25 other countries around the world; the Vancouver Sun named Prof. Rees one of British Columbia's top public intellectuals in 2000; in 2006 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in 2007 he was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Foundation Fellowship. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Laval University in Quebec and is the winner of both the 2012 Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a 2012 Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr. Wackernagel).


darcy winslow photoDarcy Winslow, Founder of Designs for a Sustainable World Collective
Darcy is a pioneer and active practitioner of sustainability frameworks and principles with deep experience in the application of these to all aspects of business. She worked at Nike for over 20 years, holding several senior management positions. DSW Collective, LLC focuses on the development of practical yet aggressive strategies for organizations to create and adopt more sustainable, regenerative business practices across all sectors. The Collective consists of experienced practitioners in sustainability, business strategy and leadership, facilitation, organizational management and development, change management, system dynamics, supply chain expertise, marketing and communication. Winslow is also a Senior Sustainability Strategist with Brightworks, Inc., Executive-in-Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Program Director for Willamette University's Sustainable Enterprise Program and an active member of the Society for Organizational Learning.

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