Marco Paulo Vianna Franco
I have a background in engineering and worked in aviation for several years. In 2015, I finally grasped the urgency of our social and environmental challenges, quit my job, and started a PhD in economics (UFMG/Brazil), as it seemed to be a very relevant field for tackling these issues and in desperate need of reform. Soon I knew ecological economics was a perfect fit for me. I joined ISEE in the following year and became a Regional Director of the Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics shortly thereafter. During my PhD I also worked as a researcher and professor in topics such as environmental input-output analysis, urban political ecology, and sustainable development at the regional level. However, my main expertise lies in the history and philosophy of ecological economics, subject of my dissertation and forthcoming book. I am above all interested in interdisciplinary approaches to human-nature relations from the perspectives of political economy, intellectual history, and philosophy of science.
My goal as ISEE board member would be to foster a more open and transparent dialogue on what brings us ecological economists together and where we stand in the face of immediate challenges. Along the same line, I would also strive for more exchange and synergy between the regional societies. Understanding the history and sociology of our field might be of assistance in this regard, and possibly help ecological economics thrive as a policy-relevant discipline when we need it most.
Affiliation: Postdoctoral fellow at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg, Austria