On May 31 at 2 p.m. the United States Society for Ecological Economics will commence the 5th Bi-Annual Conference with an opening panel. The discussion will be “Ecological Economics – Then and Now”. The chair will be Karin Limburg. Karin is an associate professor on the faculty of Environmental Forest Biology SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Panelists include Robert Costanza, John Gowdy, Beth Sawin and Rashid Sumaila.
Dr. Robert Costanza is the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Dr. Costanza is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and was chief editor of the Society’s journal: Ecological Economics from its inception until September, 2002. He currently serves on the editorial board of eight other international academic journals.
Professor John M. Gowdy has been with the Economics Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 1982. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Ecological Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Environmental Ethics, Government and Policy: Environment and Planning C, International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology and the International Journal of Global Environmental Issues.
Beth Sawin is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker who brings systems analysis together with an attention to vision, values, and human purpose. She is a biologist with a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and learned much of what she knows about systems dynamics and sustainability from her mentor and SI’s founder, Donella Meadows.
Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila is Associate Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea. He has published articles in several journals including, Journal of Environmental Economicsand Management, Journal of Bioeconomics, Land Economics, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Environmental and Resource Economics and Ecological Economics. Sumaila’s work has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by, among others, the Economist, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and the Vancouver Sun.