Dr. Roldan Muradian was elected as the 2020/2021 President-Elect.
There are two important issues to consider when voting for the President of ISEE.
First, the President is inevitably seen by outsiders as a representative of the ecological economics movement, but the movement itself is quite diverse, with conflicting views of its definition and future path. Candidates should, therefore, clarify their own views and their vision for the future.
Second, candidates should describe how they will use the role of the President to promote their views and vision.
There are two candidates for President-Elect. You will need to choose one candidate on the ballot.
Dr. Roldan Muradian
I have been involved in the Ecological Economics community for about 20 years. During this period, I have been a board member of the International, European and Brazilian Societies. I have also participated both as a member of the editorial board and editor of the Journal.
Furthermore, I have contributed to the founding of the Iberoamerican Journal of Ecological Economics (running already for 14 years). I currently work at the faculty of economics of the Universidade Federal Fluminense, in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, we are experiencing in Brazil a radical backlash against environmentalism and civil rights, a phenomenon that is taking place in several parts of the world. These new trends call for a responsive agenda from the academic community. Not only better science is needed, but also, and probably above all, better communication between academia and the rest of society.
As President of the ISEE I would like to focus on three areas of action:
- Jointly with the Journal and social media, to encourage a debate about salient contemporary issues, including, among others, how to address science skepticism and climate change denial;
- To re-design the way the conference of the Society is organized. Our meeting needs urgently to take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies, but also to expand its reach to the rest of society; and
- Probably the most urgent issue for the whole academic community is to figure out new ways to publish. Basically, most scholars would like the knowledge they generate to become a public good. However, the privatization of academic publications not only creates unfair access barriers but also heavy costs for universities and governments.
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Dr. Volker Mauerhofer
Professor Dr. Volker Mauerhofer, Chair in Environmental Science (Specialization in Social Science) at Mid Sweden University (Sweden)
- MA Ecological Economics (2002-03), University of Leeds/UK
- Diploma (equivalent to MSc and BA) in Natural Sciences (1992-99), University of Vienna/Austria
- Doctorate (equivalent to PhD) and Diploma (equivalent to LLM and LLB) in Law (1989-98), University of Graz/Austria
Besides being an ISEE board member since 2018 and active in several of ISEE’s Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, I am currently also one of the Editors of Ecological Economics/Elsevier.
In 2019, I also finished a Special Issue as managing guest editor for this Journal, while having already extensively published there and in like-minded journals on EE-related issues, with over 120 co-/authored and peer-reviewed publications yet. I was inter alia 2016-17 a Coordinating Lead Author of the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
My nomination for president-elect through the Nominating Committee was explicitly endorsed within ISEE by the current president, the current president-elect, three further board members and the chairpersons of three regional societies from the Global North and South.
Since 2005, I have been a member of ISEE, participated with presentations almost every year in ISEE and Regional Society conferences besides similar active participation in five international degrowth conferences. In total, I have held more than 170 presentations worldwide, currently also as an adjunct scholar at several universities in the Global South.
Besides that, I have been teaching EE and conservation economics courses/classes since 2009 at the University of Vienna, at the United Nations University in Japan and now at Mid Sweden University.
My university fosters my international activities with time and travel support.
Based on my ongoing ISEE board work and similar international executive experience within another society’s board, some of my main management goals for the years to come are:
- Stronger external and internal integration & continuity, particular in terms of gender equity, early-stage researchers, the Regional Societies and like-minded organizations.
- Increase of membership & outreach
- Improvement of financial independency & stability