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Gary Flomenhoft, PhD
Research Fellow
Sustainable Minerals Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
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Affiliate Fellow, Gund Institute
617 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05401
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Gary Flomenhoft was an International Post-Graduate Research Scholar (IPRS) and Centennial Scholar at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), University of Queensland.  He received his PhD in political economy May, 2020.  His research area is in ownership and governance of common wealth, and investment of sovereign wealth funds.  He also remains an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute.

Prior to enrolling at the University of Queensland, Gary was a faculty member for 11 years in Community and International Development and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont (UVM), serving as a Lecturer in Applied Economics, Renewable Energy, International Development, and Public Policy. He conducted many development projects in The Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Lucia, and Belize with students and local partners. He also originated and coordinated the Green Building Design Program at UVM.

He had a secondary appointment as a Research Associate and Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics under Director Robert Constanza. His primary research was in public finance for the state of Vermont including green/environmental taxes, common wealth and common assets, subsidy reform, and public banking. His 2013 report on Vermont public banking supported the “10% for Vermont” legislation passed in 2014, which allocated $35 million of state funds to local investment. He directed the grant funded Green Tax and Common Assets project at the Gund Institute for seven years, where he originated the Vermont Common Assets Trust Fund (VCAT) bill, which was submitted to the legislature twice. His chapter on Vermont Common Assets appeared in the book “Exporting the Alaska Model”, which promotes the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend as a model for universal basic income (UBI) around the world using Sovereign Wealth Funds.  He summarized the common wealth of Australia as means for funding UBI in another recent book chapter.