2016 ISEE Board Candidates

The term for the next cycle of board members is January 2016 for two years.

President-Elect Candidates

There are three candidates for President-Elect. You will need to choose one candidate on the ballot.

David-BarkinDavid Barkin

Profesor de Economía
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco

Ecological Economics is at an important crossroads. With the recent agreement at the COP21 in Paris, we have a greater responsibility than ever to honor the motivations of the people who provided the impetus for creating our Society.

Kenneth Boulding evoked our dual heritage at the first conference:

We need to make no apology
For thinking about world ecology,
For mere economics
Is stuff for the comics
Unless we can live with biology.

Together, we must confront the triple crisis – economic, social, and planetary– that threatens humanity’s very existence, defining alternatives that are ecologically and economically robust as well as humane, for science without humanity is simply not worth the trouble. There is an urgent need to join with other professional societies and intellectual currents to boldly define the nature of this crisis and strengthen our members’ abilities to collaborate with local groups and national organizations engaged in the very difficult tasks required for changing our societies and our economies, better equipping us to limit humanity’s harmful impacts on the planet. Some of these alternatives are already guiding millions of peoples in their search to live more balanced lives while also caring for their ecosystems, building global commons, paths to food sovereignty and ecologically viable production and consumption structures. Ecological Economics implies a commitment not simply to understand these challenges but to work with peoples throughout the world to forge urgently needed alternatives to the status-quo.

There is an urgent need to join with other professional societies and intellectual currents to boldly define the nature of this crisis and strengthen our members’ abilities to collaborate with local groups and national organizations engaged in the very difficult tasks required for changing our societies and our economies, better equipping us to limit humanity’s harmful impacts on the planet. Some of these alternatives are already guiding millions of peoples in their search to live more balanced lives while also caring for their ecosystems, building global commons, paths to food sovereignty and ecologically viable production and consumption structures. Ecological Economics implies a commitment not simply to understand these challenges but to work with peoples throughout the world to forge urgently needed alternatives to the status-quo.

As President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, in addition to the very important tasks involved in strengthening our institutional structure, I would work with the regional societies to establish a set of internationally networked working groups that would bring together existing knowledge about these alternatives and critically examine the obstacles to their implementation. In the coming period, it is crucial that we work together to learn about these alternatives and make them more effective as well as to introduce this knowledge into the ecological economics discourse and our academic communities.

David Barkin is Distinguished Professor at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico and Emeritus member of the National Research Council of Mexico. He was named the Georg Forster Fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin for the period 2015-2017. He was a founding member of the Ecodevelopment Center in Mexico in 1974 and is serving his second term as Vice-President of the Mesoamerican Society for Ecological Economics. His work has consistently involved the interface of economics, society, and nature; his teaching and research involve direct collaboration with peoples in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America who are engaged in constructing “post-capitalist societies” in which they are trying to assure themselves a better quality of life and the conservation of their ecosystems while enriching and protecting the global commons.

Clovis CavalcantiClóvis Cavalcanti

My approach of ecological economics began in July 1964, when I heard Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen speaking at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (in Rio). I was doing there a graduate program in economics. Georgescu explained the role of the laws of thermodynamics (and obviously, entropy) in the economic process. Between January and March 1970, I was a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Vanderbilt, where Georgescu taught. My office was beside his. I saw him daily. We talked on those occasions. One day, at his invitation, I went to dinner at his house.

What most impressed me during this period, however, was reading his book Analytical Economics. Issues and Problems (Cambridge, USA: Harvard University Press, 1967), in whose preface Paul Samuelson, Georgescu’s colleague at Harvard, classifies him as an “economist’s economist.” Nature was not being taken into account in the work of the conventional economist. To realize this and read Georgescu-Roegen only whetted my curiosity about examining the economy from the viewpoint of ecology. It coincided that in my months of Vanderbilt, I read a very good book by Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1956). The reading led me to think about the content of the reflection of Fromm, that is, if love is an art, which requires knowledge and effort, or a pleasant sensation, whose experience is a fluke, something that falls to fortune help. The book shows that love is an art. To love nature is thus an art, therefore, imposing the study of nature itself.

In the 1970s and 1980s, as a regular contributor I wrote articles in the Jornal do Brasil newspaper, of Rio, then the most important in the country. They offered a critical view of economic theory and development. In one of them I spoke about the Entropy Law in relation to economic growth. Herman Daly read it. He then wrote to me and sent some of his works. We stayed in touch ever since (I met Herman for the first time in March 1970, at Yale, where he was a visiting fellow). In 1983, I organized a course at the annual meeting of SBPC (the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science) in Belém (state of Pará), called, for lack of a better title, ‘The Economics of the 80s”. To teach it with me, I invited as lecturers, Herman, and two dissident economists: my former student Cristovam Buarque (a Brazilian senator at present, and former minister of education and rector of the University of Brasília) and Dirceu Pessoa (1937-1987), with whom I wrote a book in the 1960s. It was a success, attended by about 50 students, including Amélia Rodrigues Henríquez, who then studied economics and later turned into an ecological economist, even becoming president of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics (ECOECO) in 2010-2013.

In May 1990, invited by the organizers, I participated as a speaker in the First Meeting of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) in Washington, DC (USA). Following the Washington meeting, a workshop took place at Wye Island (Maryland), bringing together around 25 people (Kenneth Boulding, Herman Daly, Joan Martínez Alier, Richard Norgaard, John Proops, Garrett Hardin, Bob Costanza, Enzo Tiezzi, Silvio Funtowicz, among them). I was honored to attend the seminar, which resulted in the book by Costanza and Joyce Bartholomew (eds.) Ecological Economics: the Science and Management of Sustainability, of which I am a co-author. In the 90s, I collaborated in the establishment of ECOECO and ANPPAS (Brazil’s National Association for Research and Graduate Studies on the Environment and Society). I organized two seminars that were basic in this process. The first one, in August 1994, at Engenho Massangana (state of Pernambuco), entitled “The Economics of Sustainability”. It was attended by Peter May, Darrell Posey (1947-2001), Frank Jöst (from Reiner Manstetten’s group), Steve Viederman, Ronaldo Serôa da Motta, Eduardo Viola, Paulo Freire Vieira (a student of Ignacy Sachs), and other people. The other meeting occurred in Olinda (Pernambuco) in April 1996, with Daly, Martínez Alier, Norgaard, Cutler Cleveland, Robert Goodland, Salah El Serafy, Peter May, Posey, Karl-Erik Eriksson and more people. Two books, which I edited, resulted from these events. The second one was translated into English: The Environment, Sustainable Development and Public Policy: Building Sustainability in Brazil (Cheltenham: Elgar, 1997).

I attended all the biennial meetings of ISEE, except those of Montreal (2004) and Nairobi (2008). Of all ECOECO congresses, I missed the third one, of Belém (Pará) in 1997. As to ANPPAS’s conferences, I attended all of them. Also I got involved in the Ibero-American Network of Ecological Economics (Redibec). My desire has always been to challenge the conventional economics I learned at the university, with teachers that include the Nobel laureate James Tobin at Yale. In this, I follow what Georgescu indicates. I understand that Ecological Economics is the ecological view of the economy; it is therefore not a branch of economics. Economics means the economic view of the economy. And environmental economics is the economic vision of the environment. By the way, the first course of environmental economics in Brazil was given by me in the second half of 1975 at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Economics of the Federal University of Pernambuco, as an elective discipline. At that time I was in the transition from being an economist to becoming an ecological economist.

What I would like to do as President Elect of ISEE is to contribute in the best possible way for ISEE to effectively represent a force to introduce a new way of seeing the world within the scientific field with respect to the relations between the economy and nature. My perspective is exactly the same of Herman Daly, Joan Martínez Alier, Nicholas Georgescu Roegen. I think we should promote a science committed to human well-being, to the pursuit of happiness – the enjoyment of life, in Georgescu’s words. ISEE has everything to fulfill that role, in line with what Daly proposes with respect to the steady-state economy; in line also with Pope Francis’s recent encyclical Laudato Si’. And the forty-year experience of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness philosophy.

Steve-Hatfield-DoddsSteve Hatfield-Dodds

Ecological economics is deeply integrative, pluralist, and problem-focused. Ecological economists are passionate about both sustainability, and our science. We make important contributions to understanding how different systems interact and evolve, shaping the world and earth we inhabit. We diagnose problems, and help craft solutions and potential pathways to more resilient and sustainable economies, communities, and ecosystems.

Ideas can change the world: particularly when they are expressed with clarity and rigour, and connect to things we value and hold dear. But this is not easy.

My vision for ISEE is to build on our strengths, and support society members to be more effective in helping each other to promote sustainability and deliver outstanding science. Each of us has a distinctive contribution. And each of us can learn from others. We can be more savvy in our policy engagement. We can be more effective in how we work with communities and stakeholders. We can collaborate and be creative to achieve new insights and science breakthroughs. Working together, we can achieve more.

I joined ISEE as a founding member of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE), just before I began my PhD. I have been active in ANZSEE ever since, including serving as the regional President, and have served on the ISEE Board since 2014. I often work at the intersection of research and policy development. Around half my career has involved senior policy roles in various government agencies (Treasury, Finance, Environment, and Climate Change), and half as a researcher (at ANU and CSIRO). My research interests include integrated modelling [1,2]; policy design and assessment – including particularly climate [3,4], natural resource management [5,6], and sustainability [7]; integrated approaches to complex plural values [8,9]; and the social dimensions of adaptive governance for wicked problems [10,11].

As the President of ISEE I would bring my track record of leadership, organizational ability, and collaborative practice to ensure ISEE serves the needs of its members. My approach is to work with others to identify a clear set of strategic priorities, and to develop and implement practical arrangements that achieve an ambitious program of work, including by attracting new resources.

I am honoured by my nomination for this role, and full of enthusiasm for the opportunities it offers to contribute to and serve the ISEE scientific community.

More Information:  CSIRO staff page / Researchgate

Selected publications

[1] Hatfield-Dodds, S., et al (2015), Australia is ‘free to choose’ economic growth and reduced environmental pressures, Nature 527 49-53 DOI:10.1038/nature16065.

[2] Hatfield-Dodds, S., et al (2015), Australian National Outlook 2015: Economic activity, resource use, environmental performance and living standards, 1970-2050, CSIRO, Canberra.

[3] Hatfield-Dodds, S. (2013) Climate Change: All in the timing, Nature 493, 35-36 DOI:10.1038/493035a

[4] Jotzo, F., A. Skarbek, A. Denis, S. Hatfield-Dodds, et al (2014) ‘Australia’, in E. Guérin et al (eds) (2014) Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation: 2014 Report, SDSN and IDRRI, New York, pp.43-58

[5] Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists (2003) A New Model for Landscape Conservation in NSW: The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists report to Premier Carr, World Wide Fund for Nature, February 2003

[6] Hatfield Dodds, S. (2006) The Catchment Care Principle:  A new equity principle for environmental policy, with advantages for efficiency and adaptive governance, Ecological Economics 56 (3), 373-385

[7] O’Connell, D., Raison, J., Hatfield-Dodds, S., et al (2013) Designing for Action: Principles of Effective Sustainability Measurement.  Summary Report Prepared by the CSIRO for the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability, WEF, Geneva

[8] Dodds, S., 1997, Towards a ‘science of sustainability’: Improving the way ecological economics understands human well-being, Ecological Economics 23, 95-111, 1997

[9] Hatfield-Dodds, S., 2005, Decision support for highly contested choices:  The role of monetised values and metrics in the pursuit of sustainability, ANZSEE Conference paper, Palmerston North, New Zealand, December 2005

[10] Lebel, L, Anderies, J. M., Campbell, B., Folke, C., Hatfield Dodds, S., Hughes, T.P. and Wilson, J., (2006) Governance and the capacity to manage resilience in regional social-ecological systems, Ecology and Society 11(1) 19-

[11] Hatfield-Dodds, S. et al (2007) Adaptive Governance: An introduction, and implications for public policy.  ANZSEE Conference paper, Noosa Australia, July 2007

Board Member Candidates

There are 16 candidates for Board Member. You will need to choose seven on the election ballot.

Eva-CudlinovaEva Cudlínová

Eva Cudlínová, Associated Professor was educated at the University of Economics in Prague, as an economist.  She was employed at the Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology, České Budejovice, The Czech Academy of Sciences.  Now she is working at the University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Economics, Ceske Budejovice.  She is a lecturer of “Ecological and Environmental Economics”.  Among her main fields of interest are problems of sustainable development, resource management, economic methods of valuing nature and global nature problems from an economic perspective.

From 2001 till now, she used to be coordinator of the Czech part of the EU Framework projects. The last was the EU project within the Seventh Framework with the acronym GILDED “focused” on Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyles Dynamics and Energy Demand: European Post-Carbon Society. She is author or co author of about 60 articles in scientific international journals   and book chapters including last book titled  “Towards an Environmental Society? Concepts, Policies, Outcomes”, 2012, editors Lapka, Cudlínová, In Prague: Karolinum, 218 s. ISBN 978-80-246-2092-3

Motivation to serve as ISEE board member

I feel to be a part of the ecological economics community since the beginning of my career. I am a member of ISEE from the conference in Stockholm 1993 and I also served as a reviewer of Ecological Economics journal.

I would like to join the ISEE Board in order to promote the ideas of pluralism within economy and the concept of ecological economics, encourage students and civic society to be more active and involved in process of changing view of our world. As a teacher of ecological economics and environmental management I have the opportunity to discuss with students from different branches- economy, agriculture and biology. I do believe that dialogue among disciplines and heterodox economy is a pathway to our future development. I am also a co-organizer of five year lasting annual conference Our Common Present that gives a platform to new economic perspectives of our present and future.

More Information: YouTube and http://bit.ly/ecudlinova

Zhu-DajianZhu Daijian

Dr. Zhu Dajian is professor of School of Economics & Management, Vice Chairman of Academic Committee of Tongji University, Head of Department of Public Policy and Management, and Director of Institute of Governance for Sustainable Development, at Tongji University in Shanghai.

His research interests include sustainable development and green economy, urban and regional development, public service and public, private partnership, corporate social responsibility etc.

He was a senior research scholar at Harvard University in 2004-2005 and a visiting research fellow at Melbourne University in 1994-1995. He is a member of Urbanization under Global Agenda Council of World Economic Forum (WEF),has involved in several policy research projects from international organizations such as UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, WB, ADB, etc. and serves on some international journals’ editorial board like Ecological Economics, International Journal of Public Management, Environmental Policy and Governance et al.

He is also a member of the Social Science Commission under the Chinese Education Ministry, a member of the Experts Commission on Sustainable Development & Resource and Environment under the Chinese Construction Ministry, a special policy advisor for Shanghai Municipal Government and some other Chinese cities, and a sustainable development advisor for Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

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Brynhildur-DavíðsdóttirBrynhildur Davíðsdóttir

Professor; Environment and Natural Resources
University of Iceland

Brynhildur got her PhD at Boston University in 2002 in Energy and Environmental Analysis.   Upon graduation, she taught for several years at Boston University, was a research associate at University of Maryland College Park and an Associate at Abt Associates, which is an environmental consulting firm in Cambridge Massachusetts.  Upon moving to Iceland in 2006, she led the development of an international and interdisciplinary graduate programme in Environment and Natural Resources at University of Iceland and recently was appointed by the rector to lead the University of Iceland Arctic Initiative.

Professor Davidsdottir is an active researcher, but also actively engaged in policy-making and analysis. The main focus of her research is on adaptation to and mitigation of climate change; analyzing and modeling transitions to low-carbon societies and for example leads Nordic research groups in modelling transitions of the Nordic energy systems to carbon neutrality; development of sustainability indicators in various contexts;  green development, and economic valuation of ecosystem services.  She has published 2 books and co-authored over 70 academic publications.

In addition to her role at the University she also participates in various government initiatives as well as is active in the private sector.  She, for example, is one of the leads on the assessment of climate mitigation options for Iceland. She is the vice chair of Reykjavik Energy, is a board member of the Climate Research Foundation and is on the advisory council for the Icelandic Innovation Center.

Steve-Hatfield-DoddsSteve Hatfield-Dodds

Ecological economics is deeply integrative, pluralist, and problem-focused. Ecological economists are passionate about both sustainability, and our science. We make important contributions to understanding how different systems interact and evolve, shaping the world and earth we inhabit. We diagnose problems, and help craft solutions and potential pathways to more resilient and sustainable economies, communities, and ecosystems.

For his complete profile, click here.

Fander Falconí

Ecological Economics is arguably the most influential discipline of the 21st century. However, as a new science, and being a transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of academic research, it still needs to be defined theoretically and positioned in practice inside Latin America. I believe I can actively support the dissemination of Ecological Economics into collegiate and decision-making environments, especially as a graduate professor and researcher at FLACSO (Latin American College of Social Sciences).

Fander Falconí Benítez (Quito, 1962) es un economista y académico comprometido con la organización social, los derechos humanos y el medio ambiente. Se identifica claramente con la izquierda y es un militante a favor de iniciativas como Yasuní ITT y el Buen Vivir.

Cuando el proyecto de la Revolución Ciudadana llegó en 2007 al Palacio de Carondelet asumió la titularidad de la Secretaría Nacional de Planificación y Desarrollo (Senplades). Desde allí emprendió la dura tarea de recuperar la capacidad planificadora del Estado, un elemento fundamental para romper con el neoliberalismo. Bajo su responsabilidad se estructuró el Plan Nacional de Desarrollo 2007-2010, el primero que conoció el país en mucho tiempo, así como el Plan Nacional para el Buen Vivir 2013-2017.

La teoría y la acción política han estado ligadas en su trayectoria. Por ello no sorprende que haya liderado la construcción del Plan de Gobierno que permitió a Alianza Pais hacerse del poder político en 2007. También ha sido el responsable del Plan que catapultó al presidente Correa hacia un nuevo período de Gobierno entre 2013-2017.

Su vinculación con el mundo académico lo perfila como uno de los mayores exponentes del pensamiento político y económico del Ecuador y Latinoamérica.

Joshua-FarleyJoshua Farley

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

Josh is an ecological economist who holds degrees in biology, international affairs, and economics. At the Gund, Josh is researching and writing on monetary and fiscal policy for a steady state economy; working on a USDA funded project on local food systems compatible with 350 ppm atmospheric carbon; and in his role as CNPq Visiting Special Researcher at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina is researching interconnections between agroecology, ecosystem services, economic institutions and human welfare in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

Past projects include Vermont’s common asset trust, integrating agroecology and payments for ecosystem services in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and numerous Gund Ateliers in Ecological Economics. He has previously served as Program Director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies, as the Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics, and as adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.

Josh served as a visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Bahia (UFBA) on a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil. Josh is co-author with Herman Daly of Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications, 2 ed. Island Press (2010).

Josh has already served two terms as an ISEE board member, during which time he initiated an effort to create on open access, on-line resource for teaching and learning ecological economics based on peer-reviewed modules. His main goal during a third term would be to follow through on this project.

AT UVM: Josh Farley is a Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and is a fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

Paulo-GonzagaPaulo Gonzaga Mibielli de Carvalho

Economist, PhD in Economics, Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/Brazil). Master in Economics, Institute of Economics, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP/Brazil). Degree in Economics, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ).

Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics (ECOECO – www.ecoeco.org.br): Past President, 2010 – 2012 (member of the Program and Scientific Committee and Local Organizing Committee of ISEE 2012 Conference in Rio de Janeiro), Vice president, 2008 – 2009, Director 2013-2015; 2004-2007

Editor of  Ibero American Journal of Ecological Economics (REVIBEC); Economist and researcher of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Economics (IBGE) working in the fields of Environmental Statistics, Economic – Environmental Accounts and Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals; Professor of Economics of Estácio de Sá University (UNESA). Author of the chapter of “Measuring Sustainability” with Frederico Barcellos from the book “Environmental Economics – Theory and Practice” organized by Peter May for ECOECO-Brazil as well as several book chapters, technical and scientific articles.

Motivation to serve as ISEE board member

I intend as a board member to focus my attention on three areas: interaction of ISEE with the regional societies; the production and diffusion of educational materials about ecological economics; engagement of the ISEE in global environmental discussions, to bring an ecological economic perspective into decision-making.

Rashid HassanRashid Hassan

Professor and Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria

Rashid Hassan received his first and second degrees in agricultural economics from University of Khartoum and also holds an MSc and PhD in economics from Iowa State University (USA, 1989).

Previously worked at the CSIR, SA (1995-1997), Regional Economist at CIMMYT International (1992-1995); Rockefeller Post-Doc Fellow (1990-1992) with CIMMYT, and University of Juba. Served as member of many national and international advisory boards & committees including: The CGIAR Science Council – ISPC, Human Sciences Research Council of SA, CGIAR Climate Change Challenge Program (CCCP), the External Academic Advisory Panel for the World Development Report (WDR 2009) on climate change, Stockholm Resilience Centre Board of Directors, GEF Science and Technical Advisory Panel-STAP IV, Member of the Science Panel and Co-Chair of the Condition and Trends Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Member of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Climate Change of the UN CFS, the Steering Committee of the African Centre For Climate and Earth Stewardship Science, and He also lead the Africa-Wide GEF/World Bank Funded Project on the impacts of climate change on agriculture, water and ecosystems.

Professor Hassan is a member of the Academy of Sciences of SA and was elected Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Senior Fellow of ZEF at Bon University, Senior Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He received the University of Pretoria Chancellor Medal for Research. Founding Chief Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and associate editor and member of editorial Boards of many international journals and has published over 140 articles and chapters and 12 books.

Motivation to serve as ISEE Board Member

I will strive to contribute to the cause and goals of the ISEE in promoting constructive dialogue and colleagial scientific research inquiry and policy advice and communication endeavours between the two professional communities of ecologists and natural resource and environmental economists and social scientists towards sustainability science and policy practices that address challenges of the coupled human and natural systems for higher social well-being within the limits of the natural environment and capacity of ecosystems to support life on earth. I also aspires to play a key role in growing membership of the Association from Africa and facilitate increased active participation of members from the continent in the various ISEE activities and programs.

Jesus-Ramon-MartinJesús Ramon-Martin

Jesus Ramos-Martin was born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain. He is an Ecological Economist (Ph.D. Environmental Sciences and MSc Environmental Management at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; MA Environmental Politics and MPhil Ecological Economics at Keele University) with expertise in the fields of economic development and evolution of human systems from a biophysical point of view, by applying concepts from energy analysis, thermodynamics and complex systems theory.

Currently, he is Professor at the Centro de Prospectiva Estratégica, Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Ecuador, where he was Dean in the past. Previously he was assistant professor at the Department of Economics and Economic History, and researcher on Societal Metabolism at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His experience includes working at the National Institute for Food and Nutrition in Italy and the Institute for Social Ecology in Austria. His research has strong links with Latin America, where he has taught at FLACSO (Ecuador), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Universidad Nacional and Universidad del Valle (Colombia).

Motivation to serve as ISEE Board Member

I have been part of the Ecological Economics community since the beginning of my academic career, back in 1998 when I first attended an ESEE conference in Geneva and was enrolled in the PhD Program of Ecological Economics at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

After a period in the Board of the ESEE I participated in the institutionalization of Ecological Economics in Latin America, as member of the Organizing Committee of the series of Conferences on Environment and Development and with the set up of the Iberoamerican Network of Ecological Economics and the Iberoamerican Journal of Ecological Economics where I was co-editor of the journal for more than 8 years. Having settled in Ecuador, my strongest links are with the Andean Society for Ecological Economics.

If elected, my work will focus in representing the interests of the region, strengthening the institutionalization of ecological economics in the region and encouraging more international cooperation among research groups.

More Information: http://www.jesusramos.org

Monamati MokgadiMonamati Mokgadi

I have a genuine interest in issues linking Economic Development and Environmental/natural resource use. It is becoming very obvious nowadays that we can not ignore that link as we see the damage caused by  the unsustainable use of natural resources coupled with excessive pollution of the environment. As a Board

As a Board member I will especially argue for the developing countries especially, Africa to adopt a completely different Economic Development path – where natural resources are viewed as capital and correct measures of calculating GDP be adopted. There is

There is need for a holistic approach towards curbing the emissions caused by green house gases and the Ecological Economics network, in collaboration with the UN Environment Agencies, African Union, The World Bank and other Development partners can assist countries to map that approach. As a board member I will argue for simple strategies that countries can adopt as opposed to complicated approaches that end up being too difficult ant too technical for developing countries to adopt.

Tatiana Kluvankova-OravskaTatiana Kluvankova

Spectra – Centre of Excellence, Slovak University of Technology and Slovak Academy of Sciences, Vazovova 5, Bratislava. 

Tatiana Kluvankova is professor of management and head of the department of Strategic Environmental Analyses at the SPECTRA Centre of Excellence, Bratislava, associated with the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Slovak University of Technology.

This position strengthens the environmental, social and technological sustainability research and teaching at the interdisciplinary programme of spatial planning, focusing on a collaborative multi-method approach that encompasses ecological economics, commons and global change.

She has been involved in ecological economics since her PhD and visit at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (1996-97).  Encouraged by professor Peter Söderbaum her supervisor and participation at the ESEE conference in Geneva in 1998, Tatiana become the member of ecological economics family.  Recently Tatiana acted as vice-president of ESEE (2009 – 2015) and chair of the educational committee. She is member of the editorial board of Environmental Policy and Governance.

Tatiana is the chair of the CETIP collaborative network and the Laboratory of Experimental Social Sciences (VEEL) (www.cetip.sk)  that emerged as product of cooperation with Prof. Elinor Ostrom in 2007. Right after become partner to the Centre for the Study of Institutional Diversity (CSID) at Arizona State University introducing innovations from institutional ecological and behavioural economics into interdisciplinary research and education, public debate and policy making in Central and Eastern Europe. CETIP has recently become a Research Centre of the Earth System Governance project organized under the Future Earth initiative.  Tatiana also served as member of the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimension Program on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) (2003 – 2008), and CzechGlobe (2013 -).

Her research focuses on institutional ecological economics and transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social sciences under conditions of complexity and uncertainty. Her current research interests include earth system governance, in particular commons and ecosystem service governance to trigger behavioural change for sustainability in biodiversity, as well as climate change applied to urban areas and marginalised regions.

Tatiana has been awarded a number of research projects in particular eight EU FM projects (IDARI, RUBICODE, EUROCOOP, THEMES, GOVERNAT, RESPONDER, ECOFINDERS, REGPOL), a number of COST Actions, and two Horizon 2020 (INSPIRATION, SIMRA) projects. Her work has been published in journals including Land Use Policy, Science, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Ecological Economics, Environment and Planning C, Biodiversity and Conservation, and MIT press. In the policy area she acts as a member of the IPBES expert group on “Policy support tools and methodologies”, and the national committee on MAES under the EEA.

Motivation to serve as ISEE Board Member

If elected, my ambitious for ISEE board’s primary aims to build on the 10 years’ experience at the ESEE educational committee (chair 2011-2014), project THEMES and ESEE Training Institutes in Ecological Economics to develop ISEE curricula that promote the inter-generational cooperation of early stage/experienced researchers as well as excellence in ecological economics. Additionally to endorse cooperation with partner networks – such as Earth System Governance and the International Association for the Study of Commons – via joint conferences, collaborative projects, and PhD trainings.

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Ana E. Patiño MartínezAna Patiño

Professor of the University of Panama

I consider to be ideal candidate, as an economist, I am part of the process of strengthening and impulse that occurs in Panama with the approach of ecological economics with a perspective of comprehensive approach and in conflict. At the same time, I am part of a very active group of the University of Panama recently incorporated to the efforts of the ecological economics of the SMEE. As part of this effort is between team of applicants for Panama to host the next Conference of the SMEE, proposed also entered into consideration to define the next Ibero-American Congress on Environment and Development (CISDA) headquarters in 2017

Also have master’s degrees and post degrees in economics, economic and social statistics, strategic management of social research and education. I am member of various networks professional including the network Central American of Justice Fiscal and GEMLAC (Group of gender and economy in Latin America). In addition, I am a research professor of the center of research of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Panama (CIFE) in which has made numerous technical publications in economic and environmental. On the other hand, I am Coordinator of the Observatory of gender and economy, and as part of the team of the CIFE also Director of the journal of economic research of the University of Panama.

Between the technical works on this matter I can cite the participation as part of the research team from FAO in consulting financial integrated strategy for the sustainable management of land in Panama for the Ministry of the environment in Panama. Also, from his position as Director of the journal of research of the CIFE has promoted recently of ecological economic issues in the numbers of this magazine.

Rajeswari Raina


(Ph.D. Economics –Kerala University, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India)

My candidature to the ISEE elections comes with a pledge to enable capacities for institutional learning and change within the ecological economics community. This agenda, with a focus on capacities for inclusion, anticipation and self-reflection, is now absolutely essential for ecological economics, in its efforts to generate and ensure the use of its (inter-) disciplinary knowledge within and by specific development sectors. Today, our desperation to find technological solutions for environmental problems and increasing financialisation of nature and its economic values, demands that ecological economics reassess its relationship with science/technology and with economic growth.

With a background in the natural sciences and economics, and published largely in development studies and social studies of science and technology (S&T), I am a keen student of the interface between development policy and scientific knowledge. My professional domain includes research, policy advisory services, and capacity development work on agricultural and rural development, with a focus on knowledge systems for ecologically and socially sustainable development. Theoretically, institutional economics or a fundamental questioning of the rules, norms and values that govern agricultural S&T as well as environmental knowledge systems, mark all my research and advisory work.  In my publications and engagements with agrarian and rural studies groups, I present the institutions that govern “agriculture in the environment”, and the ones that govern “agriculture vs. the environment.”

I have mobilized dialogues in institutional and ecological economics, with actors in development sectors like agriculture and rural industries, especially in the Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen learning forum (and member of the jury awarding the Georgescu-Roegen prize, instituted by TERI), and dialogues on Thorstein Veblen, William Kapp and J. C. Kumarappa. A recent symposium on growth, green growth and de-growth and a forthcoming book (co-edited with a colleague) on ‘post growth thinking in India’, have helped me express the need for capacities in ecological economics research and policy analysis in emerging economies, like India, China, and Brazil. As the current Secretary of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE), a research and knowledge promoter within the Revitalization of Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network in the diverse rainfed farming systems in India, I have articulated and ensured deeper engagements with students, activists, scientists, policy makers and economists. This sums up my attempts to increase capacities for a knowledge-based bio-economic paradigm for development, based on ecological and democratic values.

Motivation to serve as ISEE Board Member

If elected, I hope to work with the global ecological economics fraternity, through workshops and iterative institutional analyses, to enable new generations of decision-makers equipped with capacities to understand the complex interactions between socio-technological and ecological systems. This is possible only if we generate the academic evidence, social mobilization and political will to confront the prevalent science-policy interface framing our ecosystems and development decisions.

Anke SchaffarzigAnke Schaffartzik

Researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt-Wien-Graz, Vienna

PhD in Social Ecology from Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt-Wien-Graz, Topic: Socio-metabolic trade patterns: An investigation of concepts and methods.

Master of social and economic sciences (Mag.rer.soc.oec.) in Social and Human Ecology, Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt-Wien-Graz, Vienna Thesis topic: Calculation and analysis of the Ecological Footprint at the subnational level for Styria 2003

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Environmental and Resource Management, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus and Universidad de Costa Rica, San José Thesis topic: Green Genetic Engineering and Agriculture – A Proposal for the Analysis of Risk-Related Information in the Face of Controversy

My research is currently focused on the links between societal metabolism and economic and political development. As I find time and again that exploring these links is much easier said than done, I better understand that the existence and functioning of a society like the ISEE with its academic, cultural, and geographical diversity is nothing to be taken for granted.

Of course, I would like to join the ISEE Board to contribute something to this society from which I’ve profited a lot over the years. But, to be honest, my motivation is not entirely altruistic: I would like to be part of the ongoing process of ensuring that in ISEE we can simultaneously allow for plurality of approaches and opinions while not losing sight of the basics of ecological economics thinking.

I am also curious to see what challenges the different (academic) cultures represented in ISEE pose for its Board. In return for what will undoubtedly be a great learning experience for me, I am offering my time for the substantial and the administrative duties of the Board.

More Information: http://bit.ly/aschaffartzik

Stanislav ShmeleyStanislav Shmelev

Dr Stanislav Shmelev is an ecological economist specializing in ecological-economic modelling, multidimensional assessment of progress, sustainable urban development, ecosystems in biodiversity and environmental policy in sustainable energy and waste management.

He is an author of Ecological Economics: Sustainability Analysis (Springer, 2012), co-editor and co-author Sustainability Analysis: an Interdisciplinary Approach (Palgrave, 2012), editor and co-author of Green Economy Reader: Lectures in Ecological Economics and Sustainability (Springer, 2016).

Dr Shmelev was a Senior Researcher at Oxford University, Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva, University of Paris, University of Versailles, National University of Colombia, Kazakh National University and the European University in St Petersburg. Dr Shmelev organized ten international summer and winter schools in ecological economics and sustainable cities.

Motivation to serve as ISEE Board Member

I would be glad to continue promoting ISEE at the international arena, including the policy circles, academic and business communities worldwide. My proposal as an ISEE Officer is to strengthen the on-line presence of the International Society for Ecological Economics, improving its social-media outreach via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I would also continue working to popularise the books and projects of ecological economists and assist in engaging universities worldwide in teaching ecological economics as part of the curriculum in international development, economics, management and the environmental change. I would also propose to disseminate the ecological-economic knowledge through a series of lectures and debates, which could be made available online.

More Information: http://environmenteurope.org/

Madhu VermaMadhu Verma

Professor & Area Chairperson- Faculty area of Environment & Developmental Economics, Coordinator – Centre for Ecological Services Management, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India.

PGraduate in Biological Sciences, Post Graduate, M.Phil and Ph.D in Economics from Bhopal University, Bhopal, Post Doctoral Research work at the Department of Resource Economics, UMASS(Amherst) and Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, UCAL(Berkeley) & Institute of Sustainable Solutions (ISS), Portland State University, Portland, USA and at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrieje University, Amsterdam The Netherlands.

Professional Accomplishments include World Bank EMCaB program’s EEOFC grant Awardee (2001) to do research in USA at UCAL(Berkeley) with Dr. Anthony Fisher, the pioneer of Natural Capital concept & at UMASS (Amherst) with Dr. Tom Stevens; LEAD International Fellow (India – Cohort 12); Trainer-Member, The Climate Change Project, India Chapter, Initiated by Al Gore; Recipient of Syed Zayed Prize Diploma (IInd Prize) from the Zayed Intl. Prize for the Environment, Dubai – UAE for being a contributing author in chapter of UN’S Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report (2004-06); The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) International study co-authour and Core team member (2007-09); A Fulbright Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellowship to her research in US with world renowned scientist Dr. Robert Costanza at Portland State University (2011-12) and currently Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services (IPBES) process Expert Group member (2013 till date).

She has 31 years of work experience and more than 40 publications in international and national journals to her credit; has been engaged in teaching Master’s program in Forest- Environment-Development Management, M.Phil program and many workshops, seminars, training programs for in mid-level and senior practitioners and academicians sponsored by various Ministries and Training agencies. She has conducted considerable number of projects with the support of the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), European Union (EU), Department for International Development (DFID), Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Winrock International (WII) & various ministries of Govt. of India viz.; Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Defense (MOD), National Forestry Commission and the 13th and 14th Finance Commissions of India and the national Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). She has also contributed in the Best Practices – Environmental Mainstreaming Project and Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) with LEAD International, UK.

Motivation to serve as ISEE Board Member

The undersigned has been intensively working in the area of Ecosystem services mapping, modelling, measuring, managing & monitoring and engaged in policy and action research for informed decision making for the benefit of humans and natural systems. Having worked with multidisciplinary teams and several stakeholders at national and international level for past 31 years has given me considerable understanding of the discipline of ecological economics. If selected on the board, I shall bring lots of fresh perspectives to the subject and be able enrich the discipline.

More Information: http://bit.ly/madhuverma

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