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USSEE President Valerie Luzadis on the Earth Economy

USSEE President Valerie Luzadis on the Earth Economy

What does the Earth ask of us? USSEE President Valerie Luzadis writes that the Earth “asks us to know ourselves and to act as citizens of Earth rather than as consumers in an economy that does not fully recognize Earth or its nonhuman components”. The article is entitled “An Earth Economy: Citizenship before Consumerism,” and it appears on the website of the Center for Humans and Nature, as part of their Questions for a Resilient Future project. Dr. Luzadis is Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

Ecological economics position at University of Oklahoma

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma seeks nominations and applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in ecological economics. Initial appointment to this position will begin August 2014.  Salary and remunerations are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Over the past three years, the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability has doubled the number of undergraduate majors to over 150.  The Department has 46 graduate students, including 26 Ph.Ds, and 20 M.As.  The Department seeks to fill four new positions this year, bringing to 19 the number of permanent, tenured or tenure-track faculty members, an increase of over 70% since 2010.  An additional search for an endowed professorship in water and sustainability will be announced shortly.  Recently added faculty members have expertise in remote sensing, environmental sustainability, science policy, and applied climatology, complementing our existing strengths in human and physical geography.  The department now offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography, GIS, and Environmental Sustainability.

Candidates interested in collaborative research will find many exciting opportunities within the Department, College, and University.  The Department is home to the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, Land Use Land Cover Institute, Working Group on the Geographies of Race and Representation of the Americas, and Environmental Verification and Analysis Center.  The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences hosts the National Weather Center, South Central Climate Science Center, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, and the Center for Spatial Analysis.  The University hosts the Center for Applied Social Research and Earth Observation and Modeling Facility as well as the Archeological, Biological, Climatological, Geological, and Water Surveys.

Application Process:  Candidates are invited to submit a statement of interest and qualifications, a full curriculum vita, up to five scholarly publications, and a list of three references.  Screening will begin November 1, 2013.  Candidates are requested to submit their applications electronically in one PDF file to the chair of the search committee.

About this Position: Recently, the University of Oklahoma and sister institutions in the state were awarded a $24 million EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to improve infrastructure to advance understanding about how socio-ecological systems can adapt to climate variability.  A major program of study also has been initiated in the social, human, behavioral, and economic aspects of weather and climate within the University’s Center for Applied Social Research.  It is within this rapidly expanding environment that the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability invites applications from highly qualified candidates for this position.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ecological Economics

We seek highly qualified candidates with research and teaching focus in ecological economics.  The successful candidate must have expertise in ecosystem service valuation, including a focus on one or more of the following areas: cost-benefit analysis, hedonic pricing, contingent valuation, risk assessment, market-based policy instruments, and input-output modeling.  Candidates are expected to have attained a doctoral degree in economics or closely related field by the start date.

The successful candidate will work in a team environment with collaborations that include research activities within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and the newly established Department of the Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center, the Department of Economics, the Center for Risk, Crisis and Analysis, as well as collaborators at Oklahoma State University, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and the University of Tulsa.  Persons from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit application materials to Dr. Darren Purcell, Chair, Ecological Economics Search Committee (Email: Please copy Ms. Deborah Marsh (

About the University of Oklahoma.  Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive public research university offering a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and extensive continuing education and public service programs.  Its 2,000 acre Norman Campus houses 15 colleges with approximately 1,300 faculty serving more than 26,000 students. The new 277-acre Research Campus provides more than 750,000 square feet of space constructed since 2003 and includes the National Weather Center, the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, and several Partners Place buildings that co-locate University offices with more than 350 private sector employees across more than a dozen companies.  Two additional Partners Place buildings are underway.

The City of Norman.  Norman is a pleasant college town of around 113,000 inhabitants located just 17 miles from Oklahoma City. Consequently, residents enjoy both a college town feel and the advantages of a major metropolitan area.  Oklahoma City is always a pleasant surprise to those who discover it (  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ( currently ranks Norman as the third least expensive city to live in and notes “Norman enjoys a unique combination of low unemployment, low living expenses and high incomes”.

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution

Gund Institute Research Faculty Position in Behavioral Economics

POSITION: The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Research Assistant Professor in Behavioral Economics beginning Fall 2014. We will hire a creative individual with expertise in connecting behavioral economics to issues of environment and global change. The institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. The Research Professor will complement our strengths in ecosystem services; ecological economics; food systems; and sustainable landscapes and seascapes. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek a scientist interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

The position is a nine-month faculty appointment with full salary support for an expected three-year term. It is one of six non-tenure track Research Faculty positions within the Gund Institute, offering early-career scientists an opportunity to develop a research program in productive collaboration with faculty and students at UVM and elsewhere. Extending the appointment is possible based on external funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES: We expect the successful candidate to develop a widely recognized research program and to forge productive collaborations with faculty and students associated with the Institute.  Responsibilities also include teaching one course per year, and engaging actively with the Gund Institute community.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in economics, psychology, or related fields. Prior post-doctoral experience is preferred.  Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills, experience in analyzing behavior and decisions in field settings, a growing record of publications and scholarly activities, and a commitment to connecting research to policy.

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a two-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to UVM’s jobs site (posting #0040992).  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013 and we anticipate a start date of September 2014. Inquiries may be made to Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, at The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research and teaching.  Applicants must describe in their cover letter how they will further this goal.

SETTING: The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and on the shores of Lake Champlain. The Gund Institute is administered by UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Research Faculty are appointed officially at the Rubenstein School. The institute has a new Director and substantial new resources, so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape its future. UVM also has launched several campus-wide research initiatives, including those focused on complex systems, food systems, climate change, and energy systems & behavior.

Asst. Professor in Ecological Economics, Colorado State University


Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Warner College of Natural Resources
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

POSITION: Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is an interdisciplinary social science department with a mission to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces environmental health and sustainable human benefits. Research and teaching emphases throughout the department include, park and protected area management, environmental communication, natural resource and global tourism, collaborative conservation, and ecosystem services and human dimensions of wildlife and natural resource management. In addition to graduate degrees the Department also is home for the Conservation Leadership Through Learning graduate-degree program, the Masters of Tourism Management, and the Center for Parks and Protected Area Management.

APPOINTMENT: Nine-month tenure track

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Required: 1) Ph.D. completed by start of appointment (August 2014) in a discipline related to duties described below; 2) At least one advanced degree in economics, ecology, or a closely related field with a research emphasis in the areas of ecological economics, ecosystem services, and the human dimensions of natural resources.

Highly Desirable Criteria: 1) Ability to secure funding and build a research program, both domestically and internationally. in the areas of ecological economics and ecosystem services; 2) Excellence in teaching and advising in topics related to this position; 3) Ability to develop an effective outreach program; 4) Publications in refereed, scientific periodicals on issues related to ecological economics and ecosystem services; 5) Ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to ecological economics, ecosystem services, and in the area of conservation planning and management; 2) Establish a program of domestic and international research and scholarly activities, including support for graduate students; 3) Advise undergraduate and graduate students; 4) Participate in, and actively pursue, collaboration with other faculty and contribute to interdisciplinary activities; and 5) participate in professional, university, and community service.

SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sick leave per University policy, group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send curriculum vita, pdfs of representative publications, examples of outlines from courses taught, a list of four references and their contact information (one of whom was your Ph.D. adviser). Also, include a statement of interest that includes your teaching philosophy, your goals for outreach, and your view of the most important questions in your field and how your research will contribute to these questions in the coming years.

Submit materials to the following address: References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by December 1, 2013.

Dr. Richard L. Knight, Search Committee Chair
Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
233 Forestry Building
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1480

Tel: (970) 491-6714 or (970) 491-6591

FULL CONSIDERATION DATE: December 1, 2013. Review of applications will begin December 2, 2013. Selection will continue until an appropriate candidate is found. Pending completion of the selection process, the position will begin August 2014.

Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

New book: Building a Green Economy

An edited volume of selected papers from the 6th biennial conference of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics was recently published by Michigan State University Press (September 2013). The book is entitled, Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics, and it is edited by Robert Richardson (Michigan State University). The volume includes contributions from conference plenary speakers Dave Dempsey, David Korten, Bobbi Low, and Kristen Sheeran, along with contributions from numerous other prominent ecological economists. In this timely volume, leading ecological economics scholars offer a variety of perspectives on building a green economy. A rich resource in its own right, Building a Green Economy contains the most innovative thinking in ecological economics at a critical time in the reexamination of the human relationship with the natural world.

USSEE President Valerie A. Luzadis (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) wrote that “this collection of innovative papers showcases how ecological economics, the science of sustainability, contributes to solving today’s pressing environmental and social issues.” Barry Solomon (Michigan Technological University) wrote that “this volume advances our understanding of a green economy and sustainable society by taking a constructively critical view from the perspective of ecological economics and its relationship to the failures of neoclassical economics in twenty-first century society.”


Mismeasuring Our Economy: An Interview with James Boyce

Mismeasuring Our Economy: Why the GDP is Not Useful

The GDP is the most commonly cited economic metric but it doesn’t tell us what we need to know. From, an interview with James Boyce, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts at Amherst features a discussion about why the GDP is not useful as a measure of socioeconomic well-being. James K. Boyce teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is co-founder of Econ4: Economics for People, the Planet, and the Future. His most recent book is Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth. See more at Triple Crisis.

State-led Genuine Progress Research Discussed at USSEE 2013

The latest research and policy initiatives on state-level Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI) was featured on a panel at the USSEE 2013. From today’s Burlington Free Press:

The alliance of environmental activism and alternative economic thinking was showcased recently at the University of Vermont, site of the seventh biennial conference of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. And one of the topics that came in for attention was an alternative to GDP known as the Genuine Progress Indicator — an index, billed as a measure of a state’s well-being, that soon will make its debut here with the blessing of the Vermont Legislature.

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Panelists discuss moving past rhetoric in closing plenary session at USSEE 2013 conference

The closing plenary session at the USSEE 2013 conference featured two panelists who shared their views on “Building Our Economy: Moving Past Rhetoric to a Just and Sustainable Future”. Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) presented her perspectives in a lecture entitled, “Accounting, Pink and Green: Valuing Human, Social and Environmental Capital”. Riane Eisler (Center for Partnership Studies) discussed her ideas in a lecture entitled, “Moving Past Rhetoric to a Just and Sustainable Future”. The plenary session was moderated by USSEE President Valerie A. Luzadis of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Dr. Nancy Folbre is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. She is the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas and Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family.

Dr. Riane Eisler is the co-founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies, an organization working to develop social wealth indicators through its Caring Economy Campaign. She is internationally known for her groundbreaking contributions as a systems scientist and attorney working for human rights. She is author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics and The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future.

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.