An interdisciplinary panel discussed the “characteristics of an ecologically sound and socially just socioeconomic framework” on June 11 at the USSEE 2013 conference in Burlington, Vermont. Julie Nelson (University of Massachusetts-Boston) provided her thoughts on such characteristics in a lecture entitled, “Economics for Humans (and the World)”. Fred Magdoff (University of Vermont) provided remarks in a lecture entitled, “Characteristics of an Ecological Civilization”. The panel was moderated by Professor Lisi Krall, of SUNY-Cortland.
Julie A. Nelson is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. She is most known for her application of feminist theory to questions of the definition of the discipline of economics, and its models and methodology. She is author of Economics for Humans and Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics.
Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. His area of speciality is soil fertility and management. His academic research focused on the significance of soil organic matter and soil testing to reduce unneeded fertilizer application. He is co-author of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism, Agriculture, and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal.