2018 ISEE Board Candidates

The term for the next cycle of board members is January 2018 for two years.

The BALLOT is now closed. 

2018 Election Results


  • Joshua Farley

Board Members:

  • Bernardo Aguilar
  • David Barkin
  • Eva Cudlinova
  • Jasper Kenter
  • Tatiana Kluvankova
  • Volker Mauerhofer
  • Peter May
  • Madhavi Venkatesan

President-Elect Candidates

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

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 President to promote their views and vision.

Joshua Farley

Joshua Farley

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

In my view, the most important principles of ecological economics can be summarized in terms of the core paradigm and central goals.It

The ecological economic paradigm recognizes that the economy is embedded in society. There is no such thing as ‘economics’ divorced from political and social processes and institutions.  Society, in turn, is embedded in a finite global ecosystem, constrained by the laws of physics and ecology.  The global ecosystem, including the socio-economic sub-system, is highly complex, influenced by innumerable feedback loops, both positive and negative, and continuously co-evolving.  Important future events are characterized by uncertainty (known possibilities, unknown probabilities) and ignorance (even possibilities are unknown, e.g. novel technologies and ecological transitions).   Humans are persons-in-community, not atomistic individuals, and are capable of altruism and cooperation as well as selfishness and competition.  How humans behave is heavily influenced by institutions, e.g. markets, social norms, and so on.  The goals emerging from this paradigm include sustainable scale (informed primarily by science, but also by ethical attitudes towards other species), just distribution (informed primarily by ethics), and a satisfactory quality of life for humans and other species, present, and future. Efficiency is a means to these ends: we should strive to achieve a satisfactory QOL for all at the lowest ecological cost—what Peter Brown has dubbed the principle of entropic thrift.

Ecological economics is a transdisciplinary field open to methodological pluralism, but only if the methods are compatible with these core paradigms and goals.  A particularly contentious issue is the extent to which we should apply methods and theories from mainstream market economics.  In my view, examples of incompatible methods include any that assume the economy can be driven to equilibrium by the sole feedback loop of prices, since no complex systems achieve homeostasis through a single feedback loop; pricing or monetary valuation methods based on preferences weighted by purchasing power, which conflicts with the goal of just distribution; and the Pareto efficiency criterion, since virtually all economic production in our fossil-fueled economy degrades global ecosystems and therefore affects the well-being of others.  However, prices and markets remain important feedback loops (among many, many others) that can be carefully harnessed under certain circumstances to help achieve our goals.  For example, I believe it is ethically inappropriate to ration access to essential resources via the price mechanism in an unequal economy, but I nonetheless support carbon pricing (at least as a stop-gap measure) as long as we have other policies that help address the equity impacts.

While ecological economics should be scientifically rigorous and ethically coherent, it must also be applied.  Economic activities have already pushed us past critical ecological boundaries, and we must reverse the damage before changes become unacceptable and irreversible.  Changing the system demands that we influence decision-makers and the broader public.  Good science has shown that science alone is rarely the most effective way to influence policy and popular opinion.  None of us know for sure the best way to change the system.  I worry that ecological economists spend too much time squabbling with each other and with potential allies over distinctions that are far more important in theory than in practice.  Ecological economists should collaborate and cooperate with other disciplines and organizations wherever we find common ground, even if they fail to internalize all our paradigms and goals.  For example, I strongly approve of the efforts of Clóvis Cavalcanti, Stuart Scott and others to collaborate with the Vatican on issues of the environment and social justice, even if many of us strongly disagree with the Vatican’s views on reproductive rights.

These views would drive my actions as ISEE President.  I am the first to admit I have a lot to learn about being an effective President, and only reluctantly accepted the nomination after suggesting numerous candidates I consider better qualified.  Fortunately, I would have two years as President-elect to learn from Clóvis and Sabine.  In more concrete terms, I would like to see ISEE expand beyond a mere academic society to include more practitioners and policymakers.

During my current sabbatical, I have committed to building an open access, website with peer-reviewed modules for teaching and learning ecological economics that would reduce the effort involved in developing new courses in ecological economics, or integrating elements of ecological economics into other courses across the disciplines.  As President of ISEE, I would continue to improve and promote the site.  I would try to make our conferences more ecologically friendly and accessible, by maximizing the use of interactive video networking technologies and seeking affordable venues.

In conclusion, I strongly believe that our current economic system is suicidal, and we must as a society adopt the principles of ecological economics, or accept that human civilization will have a very short life-span.  If elected, I will do what I can to help make this happen.

Ashish Kothari
Ashish Kothari

Ashish Kothari

Founder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh. Taught at Indian Institute of Public Administration, and guest faculty in several universities including as Mellon Fellow at Bowdoin College, USA.

Coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, served on boards of Greenpeace International and India, Indian Society of Ecological Economics, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN Commission on Social, Economic and Environmental Policy, and Bombay Natural History Society. Helped establish the IUCN Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, Communities, and Livelihoods (TILCEPA) and the ICCA Consortium. Also, a founding member of Global Sustainability University.

Active in several peoples’ movements, and member of Indian government committees on National Wildlife Action Plan, Biological Diversity Act, Environmental Appraisal of River Valley Projects, and Implementation of Forest Rights Act. Initiated the Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence), process and website to network development alternatives in India, and global dialogue process on Radical Ecological Democracy.

Co-coordinator of ACKNOWL-EJ project on transformative knowledge. Has (co)authored or (co)edited over 30 books, including Sharing Power, and Churning the Earth and two children’s books, and over 300 articles.

I believe that ecological economics as praxis has the potential to bridge various disciplinary divides, especially as it moves further away from the orthodoxies of both economics and ecology. The interface with various social sciences is already strong and can be made stronger. The interface with various forms of knowledge including the knowledges and epistemologies of indigenous and other ‘traditional’ peoples, has a much longer way to go. As a ‘discipline’, ecological economics needs also to embrace much more of the perspectives of the global south, even as it has moved somewhat in this direction already in the last few years, without of course abandoning its strong base in European and North American work. Finally, perhaps most importantly, it needs to facilitate the urgent search for solutions to the multiple global crises we face, in particular, solutions that help transform fundamentally iniquitous, unjust, and unsustainable structures and systems.

In my role as President, should I be chosen, I would like to facilitate the above processes to the extent it is possible, with the full involvement of the membership. In particular, I would like to encourage in ISEE the co-production of knowledge, and its use in praxis, with partnerships between the social and natural sciences, modern and traditional knowledges, and academics, activists, and community members. I would also like to encourage ISEE to explore the wide field of development alternatives, aiding the global search for fundamental transformations towards equity, justice, and sustainability. Ultimately ecological economics needs to be relevant to the struggle to save life on earth, and the quest for justice within humans and between humans and the planet, and ISEE has the potential to contribute greatly towards this.

Board Member Candidates

There are 8 slots available.

Bernardo Aguilar
Bernardo Aguilar

Bernardo Aguilar

Executive Director, Fundación Neotrópica, Costa Rica
Adjunct Faculty, Northern Arizona University, USA

Bernardo Aguilar-González is a Costa Rican ecological economist. He is the Executive Director of Fundacion Neotrópica, one of Central America´s most well-established environmental NGOs and a strong advocate of the application and the adoption of policies based on Ecological Economics and Political Ecology concepts. He has served as president of the Mesoamerican and Caribbean Society for Ecological Economics for the last 7 years. He has more than 25 years of university-level field education and applied research experience throughout Latin America. His published work focuses on Spanish language applications of concepts such as environmental justice, community-based conservation, languages of valuation and ecological debt. A Fulbright Scholar (1989-1991), the United States Society for Ecological Economics created, since 2007, a student selected award in his name to recognize the work of faculty that has inspired their students to study Ecological Economics.

The challenges for the International Society for Ecological Economics in the immediate future years require an adequate balance between intellectual work and action. We have a very well ranked journal in topics related to economics and the environment. Yet, at a time when many of our ideas are being used to pose some of the most significant challenges to mainstream concepts on development, science, and others, our global society´s membership is dwindling. Based on the collective experience of strengthening our regional society in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, with a contemporary reality of increasing environmental conflicts due to an unfair and disproportionate appropriation of environmental space, I believe in the effectiveness of building bridges between academic efforts and grassroots organizations as a means to enter the public policy arena. This process is already being promoted by several of our society´s most influential intellectual leaders as building Ecological Economics “from the bottom-up”. It may help to strengthen our community through harnessing the energy of social movements and by enhancing our society´s capacity to be a window for the voice of those who are less visible. I believe that In its roles of establishing policy for the Society and fulfillment of its stated purposes, the board of directors should play a key role in promoting and guiding this effort through joint work with the regional societies.

David Barkin

David 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 a Board Member of the International Society for Ecological Economics, I would work with the rest of the executive committee to strengthen our institutional structure, I would like to encourage better coordination among 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.

Eva Cudlínová

Eva 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 the 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 the 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

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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 the economy and the concept of ecological economics, encourage students and civic society to be more active and involved in process of changing the 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 the 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.  I am convinced that the work for ISEE is more important than before as regards the young people interest in the alternative way of economy in general.

During my last position on a Board, I have gained some useful experiences that I used in my teaching both in Czech and international courses. My idea is to exchange these experiences with the broad auditorium of ISEE members to gain more supporters for ecological economics.

Dr Zhu Dajian
Dr. Zhu Dajian

Dr. Zhu Daijian

Dr. Zhu Dajian is the 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 involvement 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.


Jasper Kenter
Jasper Kenter

Jasper Kenter

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and University of Edinburgh, UK

I am currently appointed as Principal Investigator in Ecological Economics at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh. I was awarded my PhD in Ecological Economics (University of Aberdeen, 2014) on novel methodologies for integrating shared values of nature into decision-making.

I have published >30 peer-reviewed publications with >1250 citations and have played leading roles in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, Valuing Nature and Marine Ecosystems Research Programmes, and EU and Norwegian Research Council funded projects on marine energy and coastal management. My main research interests are in ‘democratising nature’, shared, social and cultural values of nature, and deliberative monetary and non-monetary valuation methodologies. I recently authored chapters on these topics for the Routledge Handbooks on Ecological Economics and Ecosystem Services.

I have been a board member of the European Society for Ecological Economics for almost six years, three as student representative and three thereafter as a regular board member. For the past two years, I have chaired the ESEE publications and publicity committee. As co-organiser of the 2015 ESEE Leeds conference, I initiated an environmental plan that involved successfully reducing environmental impacts in terms of food, waste, and transport.

Before entering academia, I worked as a social and environmental activist in the Netherlands, UK, India, and Iceland on issues such as large dams and other inappropriate infrastructure, deforestation and climate change, always trying to seek out more fundamental and systemic issues underlying practical struggles and conflicts.

Tatiana Kluvankova

Tatiana Kluvankova

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, the Slovak University of Technology and Faculty of Management, Comenius University.

Tatiana entered EE community as PhD student during her 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 became the member of Ecological Economics Society in 2000 later acted in three terms at ESEE board and as vice-president (2009 – 2015).

Tatiana is the chair of the CETIP collaborative network and the Laboratory of Experimental Social Sciences (VEEL) ( that emerged as the product of cooperation with Prof. Elinor Ostrom in 2007 and Arizona State University introducing innovations from institutional ecological and behavioural economics into interdisciplinary research and education, public debate and policy making. Her current research interests include social and governance innovations in particular how commons and ecosystem service governance can trigger behavioural change for sustainability in biodiversity, as well as climate change applied to urban areas and marginalised regions. At the University Prof. Kluvankova lead courses on collaborative multi-method approach that encompasses ecological economics, commons and global change. 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 and acted as member of several international Science and Policy Committees (IHDP, Future Earth etc.).  CETIP recently became Research Centre of the  Earth System Governance.

Primary aims to continue in ISEE board is to expand 10 years’ experience at the ESEE educational committee to 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 training.

Volker Mauerhofer
Volker Mauerhofer

Volker Mauerhofer

I have been a member of ISEE since 2005 and have participated in almost every year in its conferences with – competitively selected – about 20 oral presentations and several organized sessions, besides similar active participation in five international degrowth conferences since their start in Paris.

Besides that, I have been teaching EE and conservation economics from the perspective of EE for the last ten years at the United Nations University and the University of Vienna, and I am currently also managing guest editor of the Journal EE for a Special Issue, besides having already extensively published there and in like-minded journals on EE-related issues.

Thus, how else could I contribute to EE and particularly serve at the board of ISEE best? I assume mostly through my unique interdisciplinary combination between law, natural sciences, and EE covering all main dimensions of sustainable development, in particular by adding to the legal, governance and institutional competences of the ISEE board.

Secondly,  through my more than 20 years of professional experience in and outside of academia in strong sustainable decision making at the international, regional, national and local level in more than 55 countries on six continents, by supporting the further increase of the practical impact of the ISEE & its board.

Thirdly, through my experience for already five years as a board member of a similar society (the International Society for Sustainable Development Research) having particularly served in auditing, communicating, early career research-promoting and conference-organizing bodies there, especially by contributing to similar tasks of the ISEE-board.

I would like to thank those who addressed and nominated me to run for this position.

For more information visit LinkedIn and my HomePage.

Peter May
Peter H. May

Peter H. May

Peter H. May, received his PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University. Professor of the Department of Development, Agriculture and Society of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1991-today), he is author and editor of a number of books in the areas of ecological economics, agroforestry, payment for ecosystem services and environmental policy, including The Subsidy from Nature, Pricing the Planet and Natural Resource Valuation and Policy in Brazil (Columbia University Press) and Economia do Meio Ambiente: Teoria e Prática (Elsevier), Peter May is Past President of the International Society for Ecological Economics-ISEE and founder and current President of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics-ECOECO. He previously served as program officer at the Ford Foundation’s Brazil office and as Forestry Officer (Non-wood forest products) at the FAO in Rome. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, Center for Sustainable Development.

PLATFORM: I am committed to work in a transparent and responsive way to make ISEE an influential and active member among the panoply of scientific societies, engaged with the science-policy interface on our global commons and concerned to support the efforts of our regional societies to make a positive contribution to local and regional sustainability and capacity in ecological economics through educational, publishing and communication programs. I am also committed to working with international and regional officers to seek means to make ISEE and its affiliates more viable financially, as well as to project the society’s objectives in efforts underway to nominate a slate on sustainable development for the Nobel Peace Prize.

CREDENTIALS WITH ISEE AND REGIONAL SOCIETIES: Having helped to found the Brazilian regional society (ECOECO) 1994 and served as its first President, having been elected to the ISEE Board in 1998, and finally to the Presidency (2008-09), I am intimate with the history, personalities, range of perspectives and administrative issues involved with the Society. My current 4-year term as President of ECOECO expires on December 31, 2017, from which point I hope to be able to dedicate myself once again to the ISEE cause.

Stuart Scott
Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott

Executive Director
United Planet Faith & Science Initiative

I have worked on raising awareness and action on the looming climate crisis since 2008.  I realized early on that a dysfunctional economic system lay at the root of climate change.  In 2009, colleagues introduced me to the writings of Herman Daly, since his take on our situation matched mine so well.  Since then I have been promoting ecological economics in all of my climate change work.  Mainstream growth economics, what I refer to as the ‘operating system of global civilization’, is fatally flawed denying the relevance of planetary limits to the human economy.  I make this point at every opportunity, and create opportunities all the time.

I produce short Climate Matters video programs at the UN climate negotiations, frequently mentioning Herman Daly and discussing ecological economics and its principles.  For several years I have promoted a Nobel Peace Prize proposal ( that includes Herman as one of three nominees for a joint prize to significant figures in the field of sustainable development. The other nominees are the Club of Rome, for its sponsorship of the seminal Limits to Growth study, and Pope Francis as only world statesman who understands and makes the case that to be truly sustainable, development must respect the limits of the planet, as is clearly argued in the 2015 Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’.

I have also endeavored to promote ecological economics through the cultivation of a direct relationship with the Vatican.  Toward that end, Clóvis Cavalcanti and I met briefly with Pope Francis in November 2016, and at greater length with Cardinal Turkson, who holds the ‘ecological brief’ for the Vatican.  Earlier in 2017, I returned to the Vatican with Joan Martinez Alier to meet again with Cardinal Turkson.  I met with him again this morning (December 4) to deliver an invitation from Clóvis for the Cardinal to deliver a keynote speech at ISEE 2018 in Puebla, Mexico.

As a member of the Board of the ISEE, I would continue to promote on the world stage the organization, the principles, and subject matter of ecological economics.  I regard an economic paradigm shift toward ecological economics as a prerequisite for human survival. Promoting such a paradigm shift is currently my main aim in life.

Stuart Scott is Executive Director of the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative.  He has taught mathematics, statistics and critical thinking at university, worked in software development for IBM, and was the first environmentalist stockbroker on Wall Street.  Stuart retired from conventional employment (‘quit his day job’) in 2008 to devote himself exclusively to dealing with the climate and ecological problems that humanity has created via the present uncontrolled appetite for financial wealth by a few capitalizing upon the unbridled appetites for ‘stuff’ by the many, stoked by the current economic system whose only inherent measure of success is money.  Stuart describes himself as an ‘eco-social strategist’, and sometimes as a ‘memetic engineer’, attempting to alter the catastrophic trajectory of civilization.

Madhavi Venkatesan
Madhavi Venkatesan

Madhavi Venkatesan 

Personal Statement: I appreciate your consideration to serve on the board of the ISEE for the 2018-2020 term. My interest in the position is related to my strong belief that ecological economics needs to be integrated into the mainstream discussion and teaching of economics. I have spent the past few years, writing and speaking on this topic. I have written textbooks that assist in the dissemination of this integration within the high school, junior college and university systems and I have responded to solicitation and invitations to speak on the subject.

Further, I have leveraged my marketing and communication strategy skills, which were developed during my tenure as an equity analyst and investor relations officer, to channel my communications and thereby extend the range of the message to a significantly wide audience as represented by age, education, nationality, and income among other demographic characteristics.  Specific to organizational skills, policymaking, collegiality and experience as a volunteer, I have developed, created, established and been an active participant, respectively. I have volunteered my time to numerous organizations over the past 20 years and am presently on the board of the USSEE (United States Society for Ecological Economics) and the Executive Director of my own non-profit Sustainable Practices. As an ISEE board member, I would use my skills and the experience I have gained in my own pursuits to further the goals of ISEE, including increasing the transparency and dissemination of the organization’s focus.

Additionally, I would seek to strengthen and establish relationships to promote the significance of the focus of the organization. There are many parallel organizations and further increasing sensitivities related to the focus of the ISEE, making the present time a significant opportunity for the organization. Finally and related, I would work with fellow members to promote both membership and governance functions, both of which I have experience with through past affiliations.

Bio: Madhavi Venkatesan is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Her present academic interests are specific to the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum and she is currently pursuing scholarly interests in sustainable economic development. She serves as the Executive Director of Sustainable Practices, a 501(c)3 non-profit she founded in 2016. Sustainable Practices is focused on increasing financial and economic literacy to facilitate sustainability and thereby promote environmental and social justice as well as economic equity.

Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior-level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity, she was a principal point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting.

Madhavi started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of sustainability and economics as well as the text Economic Principles: A Primer, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and forthcoming Foundations in Microeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and Foundations in Macroeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices. Madhavi was recently granted the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award to the Philippines where she will give lectures in the host country in February of 2018 on the role of economics in fostering sustainable outcomes and ultimately, a culture of sustainability.

Vote Today for the 2018 ISEE Board

Elections close on 20 December 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Only current ISEE members are eligible to vote.


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