Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics

Josh Farley is an ecological economist and Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration and a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment. He has previously served as program director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies; Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics; adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill; and Fulbright Fellow at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. He is past President of the International Society for Ecological Economics and the point person for the Ecological Economics Network Strategy Center, part of the Leadership for the Ecozoic Initiative with McGill University. 

His 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. His current research focuses on the economics of essential resources (e.g. food, energy, water, information, and ecosystem services), social dilemmas, the democratization of monetary and financial systems, ecosystem services (defined as nature’s benefits to the biotic system of which humans are a part), the evolution of cooperation, agroecology, and ecology rehabilitation in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the economics of information, and The Commons. He works on these projects with an exceptional group of PhD and MS students.

He is co-author with Herman Daly of Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, 2nd ed. Island Press (2010).


Journal Articles (Since 2020)

  • Neher, D. A., J. M. Harris, C. E. Horner, M. J. Scarborough, A. R. Badireddy, J. W. Faulkner, A. C. White, H. Darby, J. C. Farley and E. J. Bishop-von Wettberg (2022). "Resilient Soils for Resilient Farms: An Integrative Approach to Assess, Promote and Value Soil Health for Small- and Medium-Size Farms." Phytobiomes Journal.
  • Brasileiro-Assing, A. C., J. Kades, P. A. de Almeida Sinisgalli, J. Farley and A. Schmitt-Filho (2022). "Performance Analysis of Dairy Farms Transitioning to Environmentally Friendly Grazing Practices: The Case Study of Santa Catarina, Brazil." Land 11(2).
  • Simioni, G. F., A. L. Schmitt Filho, F. Joner, J. Farley, A. C. Fantini and A. P. T. Moreira (2022). "Response of birds to high biodiversity silvopastoral systems: Integrating food production and biodiversity conservation through applied nucleation in southern Brazil." Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 324: 107709.
  • Farley, J. and K. Kish (2021). "Ecological economics: The next 30 years." Ecological Economics 190: 107211.
  • Amazonas, I. T., et al. (2021). "A participatory modeling experience with young farmers: assessing the sustainability of family farmers in Brazil." Research, Society and Development 10(1): e50610111928.
  • Castelo Branco Brasileiro-Assing, A., M. Wironen, A. Adams, J. Farley, P. A. De Almeida Sinisgalli and A. Schmitt-Filho (2021). "Sustainable intensification of livestock as a means to achieve forest conservation and food production in the Brazilian Southern Atlantic forest." Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 45(6): 817-842.
  • Kish, K. and J. Farley (2021). "A Research Agenda for the Future of Ecological Economics by Emerging Scholars." Sustainability 13(3).
  • Diwekar, U., A. Amekudzi-Kennedy, B. Bakshi, R. Baumgartner, R. Boumans, P. Burger, H. Cabezas, M. Egler, J. Farley, B. Fath, T. Gleason, Y. Huang, A. Karunanithi, V. Khanna, A. Mangan, A. L. Mayer, R. Mukherjee, G. Mullally, V. Rico-Ramirez, D. Shonnard, M. Svanström and T. Theis (2021). "A perspective on the role of uncertainty in sustainability science and engineering." Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164: 105140.
  • Hensher, M., Kish, K., Farley, J., Quilley, S., Zywert, K., 2020. Open knowledge commons versus privatized gain in a fractured information ecology: lessons from COVID-19 for the future of sustainability. Global Sustainability 3, e26.
  • Battisti, L. F.Z., A. L. Schmitt Filho, A. Loss and J. Farley (2020). "Atributos Físicos Do Solo Em Um Sistema Silvipastoril Com Núcleos Arbóreos No Estado De Santa Catarina." Holos; v. 6 (2020)
  • Macedo, R. d. C., A. L. Schmitt Filho, J. Farley and P. A. d. A. Sinisgalli (2020). "Delimitation of permanent preservation areas in riparian zones: a case study in Santa Rosa de Lima southern Brazil." Research, Society and Development 9(11): e3899119850
  • Silva, A. d. A., A. L. Schmitt Filho, D. C. d. S. Kazama, A. Loss, M. Souza, M. d. C. Piccolo, J. Farley and P. A. d. A. Sinisgalli (2020). "Carbon and nitrogen stocks in the High Biodiversity Silvopastoral System: applied nucleation enabling low carbon livestock production." Research, Society and Development 9(10): e2799108589.
  • Brasileiro, A. C. B., P. A. d. A. Sinisgalli, J. Farley and P. R. Cunha ( 2020). "Pagamentos Por Serviços Ecossistêmicos: O Caso Brasileiro." Revista de Ciências Sociais e Jurídicas 2(1).
  • Andrade, N. G., A. L. Schmitt Filho, A. C. Fantini, J. Farley, R. Macedo, G. P. Bento and A. C. Heck (2020). "Entre a Agroecologia e a “Eucaliptização” da paisagem rural." Anais do XI Congresso Brasileiro de Agroecologia, São Cristóvão, Sergipe 15(2 ):
  • Farley, Joshua (2020).  Green Growth: Restorative Economics for a Post-carbon Planet. The Ecological Citizen 3(Suppl B):23-35

Recent Books

  • Costanza, R., Erickson, J., Farley, J., Kubiszewski, I., 2020. Sustainable wellbeing futures: a research and action agenda for ecological economics. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Farley, J. and D. Malghan (eds.) (2017) Beyond Uneconomic Growth, Vol. 2: A Festschrift in honor of Herman Daly.
  • Farley, J. and D. Malghan (eds.) (2016) Beyond Uneconomic Growth: Ecological Economics and the Future of the Planet.

Recent Book Chapters (Since 2020)

  • Farley, J. and M. Egler (2022). Panarchy and the Economy. Applied Panarchy. L. Gunderson, C. Allen and A. Garmestani. Washington, DC, Island Press: 202-226.
  • Costanza, R., Erickson, J., Farley, J., Kubiszewski, I., 2020. What is Ecological Economics and Why do We Need it Now More than Ever?, 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.
  • 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.
  • Svartzman, R., Ament, J., Barmes, D., Erickson, J., Farley, J., Guay-Boutet, C., Kosoy, N., 2020. Money, interest rates and accumulation on a finite planet – Revisiting the ‘monetary growth imperative’ through institutionalist approaches, 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
  • Farley, J. (2020). Human-centred development must focus on protecting and restoring nature’s systems. Conversations on Rethinking Human Development. International Science Council. Paris, International Science Council: 147-152.
  • Farley, J. (2020). The Future of Ecological Economics. In H. Washington, ed. Solutions for the Future. On line at
  • 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.
Joshua Farley

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecological economics, ecological macroeconomics, social dilemmas, evolution of cooperation, policies for promoting regenerative agriculture


  • PhD 1999 Cornell University
  • Masters in International Affairs 1990 Columbia University
  • BS 1985 Grinnel College


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Office Location:

205 Morrill Hall