Gund Fellow, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics

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. He is an ecological economist who holds degrees in biology, international affairs and economics.

Farley teaches in the Economics for the Anthropocene graduate training and research program, an international partnership between UVM, McGill University (Montreal) and York University (Toronto) that combines ecological economics and an emphasis on real-world environmental solutions.



  • Farley, J. and K. Kish (2021). Ecological economics: The next 30 years. Ecological Economics 190: 107211.
  • Farley, J., Gowdy, J., Marshall, S., 2020. Cultural Evolution, Multi-Level Selection and Institutions for Cooperation, in: Costanza, R., Erickson, J., Farley, J., Kubiszewski, I. (Eds.), Sustainable Well-Being Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. Schmitt-Filho, A.L., Farley, J., 2020.
  • Transdisciplinary case study approaches to the ecological restoration of rainforest ecosystems, in: Fuders, F., Donoso, P. (Eds.), Ecological economic and socio ecological strategies for forest conservation - with special focus on Chile and Brazil. Springer, Berlin. Farley, J. and D. Malghan (eds.) (2016) Beyond Uneconomic Growth: Ecological Economics and the Future of the Planet.
  • Richnau, G., P. Angelstam, S. Valasiuk, L. Zahvoyska, R. Axelsson, M. Elbakidze, J. Farley, I. Jönsson, I. Soloviy. (2013), Multifaceted Value Profiles of Forest Owner Categories in South Sweden: The River Helge å Catchment as a Case Study. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 42(2): 188-200.
  • Edward Elgar, London Farley, J. (2012) Ecosystem Services: The Economics Debate. Ecosystem Services 1:1 pp. 40-49 Daly, Herman and J. Farley (2011) Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd Edition. Island Press: Washington, DC.  Translated into Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese. Farley, J. and R. Costanza (2010) Payments for Ecosystem Services: From the Local to the Global. Ecological Economics 69:2060-206

Other Peer Reviewed Publications

  • *Farley, J. and M. Ceroni (forthcoming) Ecological Economics and Biodiversity. Teaching module prepared for NCEP (Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners). av=find_modules&action=default
  • Costanza, R., G. Alperovitz, H. Daly, J. Farley, C. Franco, T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, J. Schor, P. Victor and R. Colman (2012). Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in- Society-in-Nature. New York, United Nations Division for Sustainable Development.


  • Costanza, R., G. Alperovitz, H. Daly, J. Farley, C. Franco, T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, J. Schor, P. Victor and R. Colman (2013) Vivement 2050 ! Programme Pour Une Économie Soutenable Et Désirable (English title: Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in- Society-in-Nature). Translated by Valérie Denot. Institut Veblen pour les réformes économiques: Paris
  • Daly, Herman and J. Farley (2010) Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd Edition. Island Press: Washington, DC.
  • Farley, J., J. Erickson and H. Daly (2005). Ecological Economics: A Workbook for Problem- Based Learning. Island Press: Washington, DC.

Book Chapters

  • Keeton, W.S., P.K. Angelstam, Y. Bihun, M. Chernyavskyy, S.M. Crow, A. Deyneka, M. Elbakidze, J. Farley, V. Kovalyshyn, I. Kruhlov, B. Mahura, S. Myklush, J.S. Nunery, I. Soloviy, L. Zahvoyska. (2013) Sustainable Forest Management Alternatives for the Carpathian Mountains with a Focus on Ukraine, in: J. Kozak, et al. (Eds.) Integrating Nature and Society Towards Sustainability, Environmental Science and Engineering, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg pp. 331-352.
  • Farley, J. and S. Perkins (2013) Economics of Information in a Green Economy. In R. Robertson (ed.) Building a Green Economy. Michigan State University Press, Lansing pp.
  • Farley, J. (2013) The Economics of Sustainability in U. Diwekar and H. Cabezas (ed.) Sustainability: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Bentham Open E-books.
  • Costanza, R., G. Alperovitz, H. Daly, J. Farley, C. Franco, T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, J. Schor and P. Victor (2013). Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in- Nature. State of the World. W. W. staff. Washington, DC, Island Press pp. 126-142
  • Schmitt Filho, A., J. Farley, G. Alarcon, J. Alvez and P. Rebollar (2013). Integrating Agroecology and PES in Santa Catarina’s Atlantic Forest. R. Muradian and L. Rival (eds.) Governing the provision of environmental services. Springer Verlag pp. 333-356
  • de Freitas, N. and J. Farley (2012) Restoring Ecosystem Services in Riparian Zones by Promoting Working Forests in São Paulo, Brazil. In D. R. Gallagher (ed.) Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Farley, J. and A. Schmitt (2012) Ecosystem Services, Agriculture, and Economic Institutions. In M. Brouwer (ed.) The Ecosystem Promise. Partner in communications and sustainable development, Bunnik, the Netherlands. pp. 32-37
  • Farley, J. , R. Costanza, and G. Flomenhoft (2012) Ecosystem Services and Property Rights. In M. Brouwer (ed.) The Ecosystem Promise. Partner in communications and sustainable development, Bunnik, the Netherlands pp. 162-165
  • Costanza R., Farley J. (2011) Common Asset Trusts and the World Environmental Constitution. In Y. Tunytsya (ed.) World Environmental Constitution. Methodological basics. Lviv: Publishing House of UNFU, 2011: 224-225.
    van den Belt, M., V. Forgie and J. Farley (2011) Valuation of Ecosystem Services. In: van den Belt M. and Costanza R. (eds) Volume 12, “Ecological Economics of Estuaries and Coasts”. In Wolanski E. and McLusky D.S. (eds) Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  • Pascual, U. and R. Muradian (coordinating lead authors), L. Brander, E. Gómez-Baggethun, B. Martín-López, and M. Verma (lead authors), P. Armsworth, M. Christie, H. Cornelissen, F. Eppink, J. Farley, J. Loomis, L. Pearson, C. Perrings, S. Polasky (contributing authors) (2010) The economics of valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity. in TEEB, (2010)

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Awards and Recognition

  • Astor Visiting Lectureship, Oxford University, Spring 2012
  • Fulbright Fellow, Fall 2009, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Selected for an Honors College Faculty Seminar on Quality of Life, August, 2005 A.D. White Fellowship, Cornell University, 1990, 1991, 1993
  • S.S.R.C. International Pre-dissertation Fellowship Program, Brazil, 1991, 1992 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Portuguese, 1989-1990
  • Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship, 1988-1990
  • Dean’s Fellow, Columbia University, 1988-1989

Associations and Affiliations


Faculty standards committee, CALS, 2011-present
Faculty search committee for Director, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics, RSENR, 2010-11
Advisory Board, Institute for Global Sustainability, 2008-present
Faculty search committee for tenure track professor, CDAE 2007
Ecological Economics Certificate Committee, 2004-present
Fellows committee, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, 2004-present
Advisory Board, CUPS, 2004-07
Committee on International Programs, CDAE 2003-present
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research and Scholarship Committee, 2003-04


Board of Directors, International Society for Ecological Economics, 2012-present
Board of Directors, Natural Paths Sanctuary, 2012-present
Editorial Board, Challenges in Sustainability, 2012-present
Conselho editorial, Nucleo de Estudos de Economia Catarinense, 2012-present
Associate Editor, Ecosystem Services, 2011-present
Board of Directors, Natural Paths Sanctuary, 2011-present
Editorial Board, Sustainability Science, 2010-present
Advisory Board, Austin College Center for Environmental Studies, 2010-present
Community Advisory Board, the Story of Stuff, 2010-present
Editorial Board, Solutions Journal, 2009-present
Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, 2009-present
Board of Directors, Earth Economics, 2005-present


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecological economics, essential resources, evolution of cooperation, agroecology, commons, money and finance, steady state economy


  • PhD, Ag/Resource/Managerial Economics, Cornell University
  • MIA, Economic & Political Development, Columbia University
  • BA, Biology, Grinnell College


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