2020/2021 ISEE Board Candidates

Election Results are In

The elections for officers and board of ISEE for 2020/2021 are now completed, and we are deeply grateful to all candidates.

We thank outgoing board members for their invaluable help and welcome the newly elected and re-elected members.

President: Joshua Farley
Past-President: Clovis Cavalcanti
President-Elect: Roldan Muradian

Eva Cudlínová
Tatiana Kluvankova
Lisi Krall
Peter May
Inge Røpke
Madhu Verma


(in alphabetical order)

Bernardo Aguilar-González

Bernardo Aguilar-González

Bernardo is the Executive Director of Fundación Neotrópica, one of the strongest promoters among environmental NGOs in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean of Ecological Economics. In this capacity, he has led abundant applied research and technical work in the areas of environmental damage and ecosystem service valuation, ecological conflict analysis, narco related environmental degradation, environmental space, and ecological debt.

He is currently a member of the board of RECOPE, the Costa Rican public company in charge of the importation and distribution of fossil fuels. He joined this board in order to support its transformation into a promoter of renewable resource-based fuels in tune with Costa Rica’s National Decarbonization Plan. This public policy was a major factor for the country to receive the honor of a “Champions of the Earth” award, granted by the United Nations in 2019.

He is a current environmental advisor to the Mesoamerican Ecological Ecclesiastical Network (REMAM), a network created to support the regional application of the Integral Ecology perspective proposed by Pope Francis.

Bernardo’s academic affiliations include the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at the Jefford ́s Center in the University of Vermont and the School of Earth and Sustainability at Northern Arizona University.

He was the President of the board of the Mesoamerican and Caribbean Society for Ecological Economics (2010-2018) and has been a board member of the ISEE since 2018. The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics created in 2003 the Bernardo Aguilar award to honor the faculty that inspire students to undertake our field of study.

David Barkin

David BarkinDavid Barkin is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. He is an Emeritus Researcher at the Nation Research Council. He received his doctorate from Yale University.

In Mexico, he was awarded the National Prize in Political Economy, and other distinctions relative to his research on the relationship between society and nature. His most recent work in ecological economics is “Ecological Economics from Below” which is an extension of an earlier article on the “Significance of a Radical Ecological Economics” published in Spanish in the Iberoamerican Review of EE.

He was Vice- President of the Mesoamerican Society for EE, and the Coordinator or the XV International Congress of Ecological Economics, held in Puebla in August 2018.


Peter G. Brown

Peter G BrownPeter G. Brown is a Professor at McGill University where he is appointed in the School of Environment, and the Departments of Geography and Natural Resource Sciences.

His career has concentrated on the practical uses of philosophy to think critically about the goals of society. Since the 1980s this work has centered on the deterioration of Earth’s life support capacity and the thought systems that facilitate and legitimate this decline. His books include Restoring the Public Trust: A Fresh Vision for Progressive Government in America, and The Commonwealth of Life: Economics for a Flourishing Earth.

He is a co-author of a book on macro-economics and global governance entitled Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. He is the Principal Investigator of Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the human/Earth relationship, a partnership between McGill, the University of Vermont (UVM), and York University.

He is involved in tree farming and conservation efforts in Maryland, Maine, and Quebec.

In 2017 he received the Herman Daly Award for advancing the discipline of ecological economics.

Eva Cudlínová

Eva CudlínováDepartment of Management of Regional Development
Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia
Czech Republic

I was educated at the University of Economics in Prague, as an economist. For 15 years I have been employed at the Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology, Ceske Budejovice, the Czech Academy of Sciences working in the interdisciplinary team. From 2007 till now I am working at the University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Economics as a lecturer of “Ecological Economics”.

Among my main fields of interest belong sustainable development, resource management, economic methods of valuing nature and global nature problems from an economic perspective. From 2001 till now, I used to be the coordinator of the Czech part of four EU Framework projects.

At present, I am a coordinator of the Czech part of H2020 project Power4Bio, focused on regional application of bio-economy. I am the author or co-author of about 60 articles in scientific international journals and book chapters.

I am a member of ISEE since the early beginning of this society. I do believe that the application of ideas of ecological economics is an important way of solving the main challenges of the present world. I do support the transdisciplinary science approach which is practised within ISEE.

I am glad to have the experience of twice time participation on the board and I would like to promote the way of cooperation of ISEE with other similar focusing groups and societies such as Degrowth etc. A transdisciplinary approach is inevitable for seeking new ways for a sustainable way of our future.

I do believe that my membership could help for implementing a pluralistic view in the economy and to help ecological economics to be more visible and supported at a political level.

Philip Fearnside

Philip Fearnside

Philip M. Fearnside is a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Dynamics at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

He is a permanent resident in Brazil where he has lived in Amazonia for 43 years doing ecological research. In addition to Latin America, he has field experience and publications include India, Indonesia, and China.

He completed his Ph.D. in 1978 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fearnside’s research since 1974 has been directed at the estimation of the human carrying capacity of tropical agroecosystems.

His work since 1985 has been organized around the objective of converting the environmental services of Amazonian forests into a basis for sustainable development for the rural population of the region, taking the place of the current pattern of forest destruction. His 1997 paper in Ecological Economics proposed this change in development strategy (and was awarded a prize by ISEE in 1998).

The environmental and social impacts of hydroelectric dams have also been an important area of his research.  The impacts of Brazil’s Amazonian dams are serious and wide-ranging, as shown by his various multidisciplinary treatments of these developments. Before coming to Brazil he spent two years in India as an American Peace Corps volunteer working on fisheries management in reservoirs.

He took part in the founding of ISEE and has served several terms on the board of ECO-ECO (the Brazilian affiliate). He has authored over 650 professional publications and almost 500 popular and outreach publications on these and related problems of environment and development. He also spreads these messages through extensive public speaking, having delivered over 1000 speeches.

Honors include Brazil’s National Ecology Prize, the UN Global 500 award, the Conrad Wessel Prize, the Chico Mendes prize, the Scopus prize (from Elsevier & CAPES), CNPq “A1” researcher classification and membership in the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. In 2006 he was identified by Thompson-ISI as the world’s second most-cited scientist on the subject of global warming.

In 2012 he was identified as the world’s 7th most-cited scientist in the area of sustainable development. This year he published an extensive review of sustainable development in the Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology series, in which ecological economics figures prominently.

Tatiana Kluvankova

Tatiana KluvankovaCETIP Network and SLOVAKGLOBe Slovak University of Technology and Slovak Academy of Sciences, Vazovova 5, Bratislava

I am a professor of management and a member of ISEE since 2001 (vice-president of ESEE (2009 – 2015).

My research examines institutional ecological and experimental economics and trans-disciplinary collaboration between natural and social sciences.

Currently a director of the join centre SLOVAKGLOBe for the Management of Global Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Slovak University of Technology and CETIP a non-profit collaborative research network.

Central to our research group is Laboratory of Experimental Social Sciences that emerged as a product of cooperation with Prof. Elinor Ostrom, in particular during her visit to Slovakia in 2007 and assisted with the establishment of CETIP. We address trans-disciplinary knowledge co-production for governance innovations, experimenting in collective actions under controlled conditions.

Currently, lab tests positive innovation factors for ecosystem service governance in real-world situations, effective adaptive strategies for societal challenges such as for climate change in urban and semi-urban areas, a transition to low carbon societies.

I have published my research in journals such as Science, Land Use Policy, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Ecological Economics, etc.

In the policy area I acted as a member of the IPBES expert group on “Policy support tools and methodologies”, and the national committee on MAES under the EEA.

As an ISEE board member, I would like to focus on two areas:

  1. In a longer-term to increase the visibility of the ISEE at major research platforms over the globe and in Central Europe in particular and promote the inter-generational cooperation of early-stage/experienced researchers by fostering exchange between research networks and publications,
  2. I as an immediate action to endorse cooperation with the Earth System Governance at the next annual conference hosted by us in Bratislava September 2020.

Ashish Kothari

Ashish KothariFounder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh, taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan process, served on Greenpeace International and India Boards, helped initiate the global ICCA Consortium.

Participated in people’s movements including Narmada Bachao Andolan; helps coordinate the Vikalp Sangam and Global Tapestry of Alternatives processes and Radical Ecological Democracy network.

Has (co)authored or (co)edited many books, including Churning the Earth: Making of Global India (with Aseem Shrivastava), Alternative Futures: India Unshackled (ed., with KJ Joy), and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary (ed., with Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, Alberto Acosta).

Ashish Kothari: Wikipedia

Lisi Krall

Lisi KrallI am a Professor of Economics at the State University of New York, Cortland.

My present research areas include political economy, human ecology and the evolution of economic systems. I use an interdisciplinary synthesis to explore the agricultural revolution and its significance in framing the structure and dynamic of our present global economic system and the profound duality between humans and the other-than-human world that now exists.

My numerous essays and articles appear in diverse journals from the Cambridge Journal of Economics to Behavioral and Brain Sciences. My book Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History (2010, SUNY Press), explored the interconnections of the economy, culture, and land in U.S. history.

I have been a Fulbright Scholar, a SUNY Senior Scholar, and a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research.

I have collaborated on book projects, seminars, and workshops with The Evolution Institute, The Foundation for Deep Ecology, The Post Carbon Institute, The Population Institute, The International Forum on Globalization and The Land Institute and am presently involved in The Land Institute’s Ecosphere Studies and New Perennials Project initiatives.

In the past, I have been a board member of the USSEE.

Volker Mauerhofer

Volker MauerhoferProfessor Dr. Volker Mauerhofer, Chair in Environmental Science (Specialization in Social Science) at Mid Sweden University (Sweden)

Academic credentials include; (1) MA Ecological Economics (2002-03), University of Leeds/UK, (2) Diploma (equivalent to MSc and BA) in Natural Sciences (1992-99), University of Vienna/Austria, (3) 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.

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, 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, I would be pleased to continue to serve on the board for example regarding the following goals:

  1. Stronger external and internal integration & continuity, particular in terms of gender, early-stage researchers, the Regional Societies and like-minded organizations.
  2. Increase of membership and outreach
  3. Improve financial independency and stability

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Peter May

Peter May

Peter H. May received his Ph.D. in Resource Economics and Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Full Professor of the Department of Development, Agriculture and Society of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1991-2019), he is author and editor of a number of books and articles 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, currently in its 3rd Edition).

Peter is a former President of the International Society for Ecological Economics-ISEE and founder and former President of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics-ECOECO.

He previously served as Program Officer (Rural Poverty and Resources) at the Ford Foundation’s Brazil office and as Forestry Officer (Non-Wood Forest Products) at the FAO in Rome, as well as having directed several Brazilian NGOs.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California-Berkeley, and at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, Center for Sustainable Development, and a member of the TEEB Advisory Board, as well as a contributor to the TEEBAgriFood Foundations report and both global and regional IPBES assessments.

Besides having served on the Board of ISEE over the past two years, he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Ibero-American Journal of Ecological Economics (REVIBEC). He is the current Chairman of the Boulding Award Committee of ISEE.

He would like to see the future of ISEE encompass the following essential points going forward:

  1. Continued efforts to make allies among other organizations with similar goals, to share ideas, learn from each other and build broader networks, as we are doing for Degrowth/ISEE 2020 in Manchester;
  2. Strengthen links with China and Africa where we have active members but where regional societies are still weak or nonexistent;
  3. Develop a marketing strategy and membership drive, as well as activities beyond the biannual meetings, particularly for student members.

Jouni Paavola

Jouni PaavolaJouni Paavola is Professor of Environmental Social Science and Director of Research & Innovation at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. Since 2008 he has also been Co-Director and Deputy Director of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), a joint research centre of the University of Leeds and London School of Economics and Political Science funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and chaired by Sir Nicholas Stern.

Jouni’s research examines environmental governance institutions and their environmental, economic and social justice implications, particularly with regard to climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA) representing the ecological economics expertise area in 2008-2016. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles published in journals such as Science, Nature Climate Change, Philosophical Transactions A, Global Environmental Change, Ecological Economics, and Ecology & Society.

He obtained his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Resource Development (Environmental & Development Studies) at Michigan State University in 2000.

Jouni joined the Ecological Economics community in 2001 at the ESEE Frontiers 1 Conference in Cambridge. He became a member of the ESEE Board in 2005 and served two terms. He was Chair of the ESEE Membership and Fundraising Committee and during his term established the European Country Contact Network for Ecological Economics.

Jouni has also been a member of the Editorial Board of Ecological Economics since 2009 and the Editorial Board of the ESEE affiliated journal Environmental Policy & Governance since its re-launch and affiliation with ESEE in 2008.

If elected to the ISEE board, he is particularly interested in championing the recruitment of new generations of ecological economists into the community and supporting their career development, as interdisciplinary early career researchers face challenges that disciplinarians do not.

Inge Røpke

Inge RopkeI’m a Professor of Ecological Economics at Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus, Denmark.

Since I have been part of the ecological economics community since the early 1990s, I’m indebted to all the people who have run the international and regional societies, organized conferences, and edited the related journals, in particular, Ecological Economics, for the last thirty years.

I have taken on various tasks as referee, editor of special issues, etc., but my administrative contributions have been limited. This time I’ll give it a try and stand for the board.

Some of the challenges I see regard:

  • How can we keep up the activities of the ISEE at a time when flying to conferences is so problematic?
  • Currently, debates on Green New Deals and similar broader programmes of policy recommendations take place in various parts of the world. Can ISEE engage more actively in these debates? Can we contribute by emphasizing the need for taking a global perspective in the debates on national and regional programmes?
  • How can ISEE engage in cooperation with other heterodox economics communities in the development of a new economics that can challenge the dominance of neoclassical economics?

I don’t have the answers, but I would like to promote debates on these issues.

Madhavi Venkatesan – Withdrawn as a Board Nominee for 2020

Madhavi VenkatesanMadhavi Venkatesan is a current board member of the ISEE, a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts) and the executive director/founder of Cape Cod-based, Sustainable Practices, an environmental advocacy nonprofit.








Madhu Verma

Madhu VermaDr. (Mrs.) Madhu Verma is the Chief Economist at the World Resources Institute (WRI) at their India office. Prior to joining WRI in December 2019, she worked as Professor of Environment and Developmental Economics and Coordinator, Centre for Ecological Services Management at the Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal, India.

She is a Biological Science graduate and MA, M.Phil & Ph.D. in Economics from Bhopal University, Bhopal, India and a Fulbright Fellow (2012), LEAD Fellow (2007) and World Bank EMCaB program’s EEOFC Grant awardee (2001) to do research at the UCAL (Berkeley) as Visiting Scholar and at UMASS (Amherst) as Visiting Professor (2001) & an INSEE Fellow (2019).

She works intensively on Ecosystem-Economy Modelling, Economic Valuation & Green Accounting of Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Tiger & Snow Leopard Habitat Valuation, Forest- Fiscal Federalism and Payment for Ecosystem Services & Livelihood Economics. In her new role at WRI she would be providing the thread of Economics across its urban, energy, forests, adaptation and climate programs in India and will be a member of the global WRI Economics Team.

She has 35 years of enriched work experience with many national and international institutes, Ministries of Environment, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development, Human Resources, and Défense and with Forestry Commission and various Finance Commissions of India; United Nations bodies, World Bank and various other international funding agencies and academic & research institutes.

She has traveled across the globe to more than 30 countries for her work and has more than 40 publications in international and national journals, several books and Project Reports to her credit. Many of her research outcomes have greatly influenced the policies and decision-making process of the government and have led to the introduction of economic instruments in the system. She has contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report, The Economics of Ecosystem & Biodiversity (TEEB) Report and to the Global Biodiversity Assessment Report of IPBES in Expert /Coordinating/ Lead Author capacities.

She has been recognized by United Nations- REDD platform for ‘Women Working in Forests”, featured in special issue of India Today in March 2018, a leading magazine of India under the category of Trendsetters-Anchors of New Policies for her work on valuation of forest resources to inform policymakers; nominated as a “Human Star” for the “Day out with a Star” forum at based at Washington, DC on environmental careers.

In November 2019 she has been conferred as Indian Society of Ecological Economics in recognition of “her pathbreaking contributions in refining and honing ecological concepts to make them visible on the radar of policymakers. She has aptly been referred to as “a trendsetter and a change-maker” in the media, both in India and abroad. We acknowledge herewith her seminal and ongoing contributions to the cause of recognition of ecological services of forests in the financial system of the country”.

My intent to be a member of ISEE….to intensify internalisation of Ecological Economics outcomes in various policy, institutional and market-based interventions to provide sustainable solutions using my network and experience with a various set of stakeholders.



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