USSEE March/April Newsletter

Upcoming Conferences and Webinars:

USSEE Webinar: Transitioning to Just and Sustainable Food Systems: Lessons from Ecological Economics. Friday April 2nd, 3pm EDT

A round table discussion with Liz Carlisle, Kamuela Enos, and Albie Miles; moderated by Phil Warsaw

The 2nd Event in the United States Society for Ecological Economics’ 2021 Webinar Series: The Post-Covid Economy: Centering Justice, Sustaining Ecosystems
The COVID-19 pandemic has put into stark relief the everyday inequities within the food system faced by working-class communities, particularly BIPOC populations, as well as the broader unsustainability of industrial agriculture globally. The challenges span the entire supply chain: consolidation among producers has resulted in unsafe working conditions among farmworkers while encouraging farming practices that deplete natural resources and reduce biodiversity. Retail workers, facing similarly consolidated markets, have been forced into underpaid (yet “essential”) employment. All the while, these same households face inadequate access and control of their local food environments, contributing to poor public health outcomes reflected in disparate COVID-19 mortality rates among BIPOC in the U.S. This round table discussion will explore the existing dynamics within the food system, local perspectives on resisting these trends, and the potential for ecological economics as a base for envisioning a new and more just food system in the post-COVID economy.

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USSEE 2021 Virtual Poster Conference: Building Resilient Economies in a Time of Uncertainty. Friday, April 16th, 3-5 pm EDT

In this first virtual poster session hosted by The United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE), undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs will present their research focused on “Building Resilient Economies in a Time of Uncertainty”. The conference aims to highlight the multiple uncertainties of our time, including the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental and racial injustice, unprecedented wildfires, an extraordinary Atlantic hurricane season, and ongoing impacts of climate change. The objective of the conference is to provide students with an opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from members of the ecological economics community. Posters will be presented in three concurrent sessions, held in separate Zoom breakout rooms after an introduction and welcoming remarks by USSEE president Robert Richardson.

To register to attend and view the poster presentations, visit:

For a full agenda and list of speakers and abstracts, visit:

Additionally, if you would be willing to volunteer to serve as a judge to help determine the awardee for best poster presentation, please email Erin at

Call for Papers and Resources:

The USSEE is continuing to collect resources for the Online Teaching Resources section of our website. If you are teaching remotely this semester and are creating recorded lectures or materials relevant to ecological economics that you are willing to share, please email We are also always searching for potential webinar speakers. If you are interested in giving a talk, email with a short description of your proposed topic.

Job and Fellowship Opportunities:

Open Tenure Track Professorship in Environmental and Resource Economics at University of Leipzig, Germany

The department of economics, University of Leipzig, Germany, is seeking to fill a Junior Professorship in Environmental and Resource Economics (tenure track) funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States, from 1 April 2022. The new professor will represent the topic Nature’s Values in research and teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science. They will contribute to economic sustainability research, one research focus of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science, and to Leipzig University’s Sustainable Global Change research field. This research field combines excellent economics, natural and life sciences to study questions of sustainability under climate change and biodiversity change. The new professorship in Nature’s Values, together with three others in climate and biodiversity sciences, will significantly contribute to advancing this emerging field at Leipzig University. The professorship’s core research topic is the social and economic values of nature. The research quantifies values that humans attach to nature and its services and explores the actual and potential roles of these values in society and the economy.

Assistant Professor Position in Env and Resource Economics Salisbury University

The Department of Economics and Finance in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and the Department of Environmental Studies in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University are accepting applications for a joint position (tenured in the Department of Economics and Finance) in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the level of assistant professor, to begin in the fall of 2021. For more information:

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) Ecosystem Services Valuation Position

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is hiring full-time research economists. In particular, the Conservation and Environment Branch is looking to hire a PhD researcher with interests in ecosystem service valuation. With the USDA spending over $5 billion per year on farming and ranching conservation programs, there is an ongoing interest in measuring the outcomes of these programs. ERS has a high need for researchers with expertise in estimating the value of ecosystem services and an interest in applying those techniques to the agricultural sector. ERS is a principal federal statistical agency whose mission is to anticipate trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural American through conducting high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision-making.  It is a collegial environment with offices in Washington, DC, and Kansas City, MO. This job posting is only available to U.S. citizens. The application portal is located here: USAJOBS – Job Announcement.  Individuals with other interests and expertise are also encouraged to apply through this announcement, which is open through 9/30/2021. For additional information about the ecosystem services valuation position please contact Daniel Hellerstein at

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