Scholars discuss development and poverty in a plenary panel session at USSEE 2013 conference

A panel of scholars discussed issues of development and poverty in a plenary panel session on June 12 at the USSEE 2013 conference in Burlington, Vermont. The session was entitled, “Redefining Development: Poverty in a No-Growth Economy,” and the panel included Robin Broad, Ashwini Chhatre, and William Rees. The panel was moderated by Laura Schmitt Olabisi of Michigan State University.

Dr. Robin Broad is Professor of International Development at American University. She is a leading scholar and participant in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. She is editor of Global Backlash: Citizens Initiatives for a Just World Economy and co-author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match.

Dr. Ashwini Chhatre is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests address dynamic cross-scale interactions between democratization, economic development, and environmental governance.

Dr. William Rees is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and former Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning. Professor Rees founded the Ecological and Resources Planning component of the School’s academic program and, as Director, consolidated its teaching and research mission on the theme of long-term sustainability. He is best known in ecological economics as the originator and co-developer of ecological footprint analysis.