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CSF’s Economic Tools for Conservation Course

Recruitment for Conservation Strategy Fund’s annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course is in full swing. This year’s course will be held July 25th – August 5th, 2016 at the University of California Berkeley as part of our new partnership with the College of Natural Resources’ International and Executive programs (IEP). CSF’s Economic Tools courses are regarded as the premier training event in applied economics for environmental professionals from around the world. During the two-week session, participants learn to use economics to be more successful in their work, and experience a transformational shift in how they view environmental issues. 98% of course graduates say the course changed the way they approach conservation issues, and 100% say they would recommend it to a colleague.

Please contact Niki Gribi at niki@conservation-strategy.org with any questions.

Announcing a new publishing venue on ethics and economics

The Journal of Business Ethics, a journal in on the Financial Times (FT 45) list for the ranking of research in business schools, has invited Julie Nelson to be the inaugural editor of a new Section on “Business Ethics and Economics.”  
 
This section invites discussions of the relationship between economics and business ethics. Conventional economic theories about firms and the people involved in them encourage a very narrow focus on profit and monetary incentives. Yet the reality of business is far more complex, and the consequences of ethical or unethical economic behaviour are far-reaching. How can the discipline of economics—and the teaching of economics within business schools–more adequately address issues of business ethics? Are there concerns of economists, either conventional or critical, that business ethicists should take more seriously? Authors submitting to this section are welcome to explore these questions from philosophical or historical perspectives, offer conceptual insights, and/or use quantitative or qualitative methods of empirical analysis.
 
Please consider sending your relevant work to this new section. Submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of environmental and ecological issues, as they overlap with economics and business, would certainly be within the sections’ scope. Please also pass the news to others who might be interested! 
 
For more information and on-line submission see:
 
For information about the scope of the section, or to volunteer to review submissions, contact:

 

Announcing 2016 Board of Directors Nominees

The USSEE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016 Board Elections. The following nominees are for 3 available positions: President-Elect (1 nominee) and 2 At-Large Member Positions (6 nominees). Nominees are presented by position in alphabetical order. Elections will open Friday May 20 and run through May 31st. Please note, your ISEE/USSEE membership must be up-to-date to vote!

President Elect (Term June 2016- June 2017)

KahnJim75_092508_015Jim Kahn is an environmental and ecological economist, and a founding member of USSEE. He received his PhD in environmental economics from the University of Maryland in 1981, studying under one of the leaders of the original ecological economics movement, John Cumberland. He is a past Secretary/Treasurer of USSEE and is currently the John Hendon Professor of Economics and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Washington and Lee University. He has been a faculty member at the Center for Environmental Science and the Graduate Program in Tropical Fishery Science at the Federal University of Amazonas (Brazil) since 1992. Past positions include SUNY-Binghamton (now Binghamton University) from 1980-1991 and a joint appointment at the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1991-2000. He has over 150 publications (including 9 in Ecological Economics). Kahn has co-authors from diverse fields including ecology, chemistry, engineering, political science, hydrology, and fishery science. He held a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil in 2001. Kahn has received numerous teaching awards including a SUNY-system-wide award for teaching excellence, and an Outstanding Faculty award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education. Research interests focus on global climate change policy, sustainable development in remote regions, Amazonian issues, fishery management, causes of deforestation, economic incentives for preservation, and environmental valuation. Kahn has received research funding from NOAA, USEPA, US Department of Education, NYDEC, Mellon Foundation, CNPq (the Brazilian National Science Foundation) and the State of Amazonas, among other agencies.

Candidacy Statement: I think that the USSEE and ecological economics in general is stuck in a rut. Too much energy is wasted arguing about whether heterodox approaches are better than conventional approaches, and which heterodox approach is best. At times, this debate has become antagonistic and has led many members, especially environmental economists, to end their affiliation with USSEE. I must admit that there have been times that I have been so discouraged by this rancor, that I stopped attending USSEE and ISEE meetings. However, I have always come back. Using the analogy of religion, people choose the religious approach with which they are most comfortable, but all approaches have their own beauty and important insights that should be respected. As ecological economists, we should have this tolerance and respect for diverse approaches. I think we need to be more embracing of alternative viewpoints and methods. Each approach adds important knowledge that can contribute to informing policy positions. I think if we think about how we need to approach policy (both in terms of actual policy steps and the knowledge necessary to support decision-making) we can make a greater contributions to maintaining a planet with healthy ecosystems, thriving human societies, and a future which is bright rather than bleak.

To pursue these general goals, I would work to implement the following actions:

  • Broadly recruit academics, students and practitioners who are interested in the relationship between the environment and the economy, including, but not limited to the fields of ecological economics, biophysical economics, environmental economics, regional science, peace (conflict resolution) science, management, political science, environmental ethics, sociology, ecology, physics, indigenous studies, geology and geography. (please excuse me if a left out your field).
  • Create a blog where we can discuss potential policy actions to address our most pressing problems.
  • Seek funding for training programs to increase scientific capacity and capability in developing countries.
  • Develop better connections and joint activities with the ecological economics societies in the Americas.
  • Develop specialized workshops for undergrads and grad students to present their research in front of established researchers.

At-Large Member, 2 Positions (Term June 2016 – June 2018)

TaniaBricenoPicTania Briceno received her Ph.D. from Université de Montréal where she specialized in ecosystem service valuation and the integration of ecological epistemology. She was mentored by Dr. Sigrid Stagl in the field of Ecological Economics at University of Leeds where she received her Master’s Degree and worked extensively on the topic of sustainable consumption systems. Her undergraduate degree is in Economics and International Development from McGill University. Tania currently works as lead team economist for a Washington-based non-profit, Earth Economics, leading the organization’s Louisiana projects on coastal restoration and community resilience. She also leads work on the economics of outdoor recreation and the valuation of ecosystem services for international court cases. Prior to joining Earth Economics, she worked with the Canadian federal government on climate change adaptation in the Northern Territories and with the City of Montreal on ecosystem service based land-use planning. She also worked with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on the use of life-cycle assessment tools and input-output modeling for sustainable transport policy.

Candidacy statement: Having been devoted to the field of Ecological Economics since the day I first heard about it, more than 15 years ago, it is my intention to share all the insights and visions that have motivated me so far and to continue searching for ways to make our economies more sustainable and harmonized with biological realities. Although I am always absorbed and engaged by the academic advancement of knowledge, findings, and unifying theories in Ecological Economics, I am especially interested in translating this information into action on the ground. I believe the U.S. (as well as other regional) societies of Ecological Economics are well positioned to bring together actors, ideas, and the latest scientific research to form a valuable hub for all those working in the field. I would be excited to have the opportunity to contribute to this effort.

Christa D. Court, Ph.D., Staff Scientist at MRIGlobal and a B&E alumna was selected for the class of 2014 for The State Journal’s Generation Next: 40 under 40 award. February 4, 2015.  (J. Alex Wilson - WVU College of Business and Economics)Dr. Christa Court is currently a Staff Scientist at MRIGlobal and an Industry Liaison with the Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University (WVU). Her research focuses on energy and environmental issues related to economic structure and economic impact assessments. As a Staff Scientist, she primarily performs economic impact analyses for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory but has also worked on contracts involving the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Her work appears in various peer-reviewed journals, including Ecological Economics, Environment and Planning A, and Papers in Regional Science, among others. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from WVU and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University.  She also spent time as a Visiting Scholar at both the University of Strathclyde and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and has served as a subject matter expert for the European Commission and the European Materials Modeling Council. Christa will begin a new position as Assistant Scientist and Assistant Director of the program in Economic Impact Analysis within the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida this summer.

Candidacy Statement: I am interested in joining the Board of Directors of the USSEE because I would like to become a more active member of the USSEE as I move back into academia.  My personal interests are in the areas of ecological economics, industrial ecology, and integrated modeling of human and physical environment systems. I believe that it is important to integrate otherwise compartmentalized models of individual systems to synthesize and expand research in economics and environmental science simultaneously and to enhance the information available to policymakers as they tackle societal issues including natural resource depletion, climate change, and sustainable development. The USSEE is making strides in all of these areas through its transdisciplinary approach to sustainability science and I would very much like to play a larger role in this group. I believe that my research experience in academia, industry, and government will help the USSEE bridge the gap that often exists between academia and the policy arena and will aid in putting the concepts of ecological economics into action.

"August 29, 2014 - Michael Carbajales-Dale, Assistant professor at Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (EEES)."Mik Carbajales-Dale joined Clemson University in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences department. Before joining Clemson, Mik was an Energy Systems Analyst with Stanford’s Environmental Assessment & Optimization Lab and with the Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP). His research focuses on the long-term, large-scale evolution and dynamics of the energy-economy system, especially how development of energy resources affects social development and the effects of a future transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Prior to this Mik undertook his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with the Advanced Energy and Material Systems (AEMS) Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His doctoral thesis was Global Energy Modelling – A Biophysical Approach (GEMBA), which married net energy analysis with systems dynamic modelling to study the interaction of the global economy with the energy sector. Mik also carried out a number of community-based energy-related projects whilst in New Zealand, being especially involved with Transition initiatives: local groups seeking innovative ways to address the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

Candidacy Statement: Mik heads the Energy-Environmental-Economic (E3) Systems Analysis Group, which sits within the Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (EEES) at Clemson. The group’s research focuses on building tools to reduce the environmental impacts of energy systems. The current group focus is on understanding energy and material requirements for renewable energy systems.  Our approach includes building engineering-based bottom-up life cycle assessment (LCA) models to generate rigorous estimates of environmental impacts from energy extraction and conversion technologies.  Also, developing techno-economic modeling tools to improve the energetic, environmental and economic performance of energy systems. Our methods are applied primarily to energy systems, in an effort to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of conventional thermoelectric generation and substitutes for conventional technologies (e.g., wind, photovoltaics).  We are also currently developing optimization capabilities for combinations of electricity generation and storage technologies.  A third area of interest is in the mathematical modeling of material and energy flows and accumulations at the economic sector level using input-output techniques.

Maria_2Maria Claudia Lopez is Assistant Professor in the department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She is an economist specializing in natural resources management, environmental economics, experimental economics and collective action. Her research uses multiple methods – including field experiments from behavioral economics, institutional analysis, econometrics, ethnography and participatory research – to understand how rural communities can collaborate successfully in the management of commonly held natural resources and to implement agriculture practices that will benefit a group of farmers. She has done research in Colombia, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Uganda and Rwanda. Her work in progress includes studying how payments for environmental services may change the users intrinsic motivations to conserve their natural resources. In addition, she is also is studying the coffee sector in Rwanda and the incentives and disincentives in managing the crop. She is starting work on a project in Brazil looking at the effects of hydroelectric dams on fisher’s communities.

Candidacy statement: Ecological economics is a vibrant transdisciplinary field that can serve to overcome the silos that separate much of academic and applied sciences. It bridges natural and social sciences, basic and applied science, theory and practice together. As a member of the board I hope to contribute to continuing to advance this field for the benefit of society by improving our ability to communicate with more publics, engage more stakeholders, and increase support from society for the goals of the community.

bod-kirsten-olesonDr. Kirsten L.L. Oleson is an Assistant Professor of Ecological Economics with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. Her current research program focuses on natural resource accounting as a tool to measure sustainable development, ecological-economic modeling to inform resource management and climate adaptation, developing methods to value ecosystem services, and community-based management institutions. She has academic publications pertaining to wealth accounting, ecosystem service valuation, fisheries bioeconomics, environmental and social impact assessment, input-output modeling, and climate change policy analysis. Prior to joining the University of Hawaiʻi Manoa, Dr. Oleson was an environmental engineer at the World Bank from 1998-2003, a teaching fellow with Stanford’s Public Policy Program from 2007-2009, and an NSF post-doctoral fellow in Madagascar 2009-2011. She received her PhD in 2007 from Stanford University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from University of London, an MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and a BSc in Civil Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her website is: http://olesonlab.org/

Candidacy statement: I have served for the past two years as a member-at-large, and would very much like to serve another term. The Board has started many initiatives, based on recent feedback from the USSEE conference and recent member survey. I would like to continue the momentum we have built, for instance, in developing curriculum material available to members, fundraising for scholarships and other USSEE needs, and building our partnerships and membership.

Reheem_SYP_21_0957Nejem Raheem is an Associate Professor of Economics at Emerson College, where he teaches in the Marketing Communication department and the Environmental Studies Minor. In the minor he co-teaches a course on the ecology and economics of dams and dam removal with a stream ecologist. Nejem started in his field working with environmental advocacy groups in northern New Mexico, but through academic training and greater exposure to all the different actors in the area came to see the environmentalist perspective as incomplete.

His research addresses traditional and indigenous land use and ecosystem services, looking particularly at traditional irrigation in the state of New Mexico. He has also published research on Inupiat Eskimo hunting and traditional land use practices in Labrador, Canada. He has solo and coauthored articles in the Journal of the Commons, Marine Policy, the Social Science Journal, and elsewhere. Current projects include a working group funded in part by the USGS on ecological drought; and projects on cataloging and valuing ecosystem services in northern New Mexico. Nejem received his MA and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of New Mexico and his BA in theater at Bennington College. For a link to his complete CV, click here.

Candidacy Statement: I’ve been a sporadic member for years, and I’m excited about actually doing something for the Society. I have been teaching and researching how diversity and inclusion fit with ecological economics for years. I’m very interested in working with the Society to improve our own diversity and inclusion practices; to incorporate more practitioners in our ranks; and to continue and expand our dialog with policymakers and students.

Research Coordinator at Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) is recruiting a new Research Coordinator, to help lead all aspects of our work. This is a key position, open at a time of growth for the Institute. The full position  description can be found here.

Position: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a Research Coordinator to support our interdisciplinary research and education efforts. We will hire a talented, thoughtful, and organized individual to work closely with the Director in managing all aspects of Institute. The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary research center where more than 50 faculty, visiting scholars, postdocs, and graduate students collaborate to understand and help solve complex environmental problems.

Responsibilities: The Research Coordinator will help set strategic directions, coordinate research activities among fellows and students, work with Institute fellows to develop collaborative grant proposals, and manage the Institute’s budget.  The Research Coordinator will also have opportunities to participate in Institute projects.

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a Master’s degree in ecology, economics, environmental science, or related disciplines, plus at least three years of relevant experience.  Expertise in supporting scientific collaborations and managing budgets is required, along with excellent writing, communications, and organizational skills.

Application: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references at https://www.uvmjobs.com (position #00022789).  Review of applications will begin on June 6, 2016 and we anticipate a start date of August 2016. 

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 part of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM.  The Institute is poised for significant potential growth, so the successful candidate will have an opportunity to help shape its future.

Lecturer Position at Northern Arizona University

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The School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University is seeking a full time, non-tenure track Lecturer, with an appointment beginning August 22, 2016. The nine-month position is not tenure eligible, but may be renewable based on satisfactory performance and School needs.

The successful applicant will teach one section of ENV101 (Introduction to Environmental Science), and two to three additional undergraduate classes, each semester. Additional responsibilities include serving as the Environmental Science undergraduate internship coordinator, coordinating laboratory sections in conjunction with the lab manager, and curriculum development and management.  For a full description see http://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Faculty-and-Administrator-Openings/

Fulbright Scholar opportunities in the field of Economics 2017-2018

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

The 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 130 awards in the field of Economics and nearly 500 awards overall. Exciting opportunities are available in many countries including but not limited to:

For additional awards in the field of Economics, please visit our new Opportunities in Business Administration, Economics, and Entrepreneurship webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the discipline,and scholar testimonials which highlight the outcomes and benefits associated with completing a Fulbright Scholar grant.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website.  You may also wish to register for one of our webinars or join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2016.

Please either contact Maria Gahan at 202-686-6244 / mgahan@iie.org or Eliza Collison at 202-326-6254 / ecollison@iie.org to arrange a virtual advising session.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.

USGS Post Doctoral Research Position in Ecosystem Services Modeling (Fort Collins, CO)

The USGS Fort Collins Science Center is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in ecosystem services modeling. The researcher will collaborate with a large and diverse scientific team within and beyond USGS in modeling ecosystem services in the U.S. at national and subnational scales. The postdoc will work as part of the USGS Sustaining Environmental Capital (SEC) Initiative team. The goal of the SEC Initiative is to better enable managers to account for the benefits people receive from ecosystem services and provide guidance for using ecosystem service information in management decisions by developing, integrating, and enhancing decision tools and information. The envisioned SEC Initiative will have a physical presence (policy coordination and science efforts) and virtual (on-line) presence referred to as the SEC Dashboard. Research responsibilities will be associated with: applying ecosystem services mapping, modeling, and valuation approaches and tools at the local and regional scales; 2) use of natural capital accounting in natural resource management; and 3) integrating ecosystem services data and tools into the SEC Dashboard for use in public land management decision-making.

Work will primarily be conducted at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado. Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen within 5 years of receiving a PhD. Experience in GIS and biophysical modeling is required. Experience using ecosystem services tools such as ARIES, SolVES, and InVEST is desired and programming experience using R, Python, or Java is a plus. Compensation is approximately $76,000/year and funding is for up to two years. We seek a candidate able to relocate to Ft. Collins, Colorado and begin work as soon as possible.

Please contact Rudy Schuster (schusterr@usgs.gov) or Ken Bagstad (kjbagstad@usgs.gov) for more information.

Furman University 1-Year Position in Sustainability Science

Sustainability Science:  The Department of Earth and  Environmental Sciences at Furman University, a private liberal arts undergraduate institution, invites applications for a one-year position at the Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor level in Sustainability Science beginning in August 2016.  Candidates should have a PhD or be ABD in Sustainability Science or a related field with a sustainability science focus and should be a dynamic and engaging individual with a desire to teach at the undergraduate level. Applicants should have demonstrated teaching and research expertise, ideally in the area of ecological economics or environmental health or a related field. Teaching responsibilities consist of four courses with labs, including SUS 120 Principles of Sustainability Science and EES 112 Environmental Science, and an upper level undergraduate seminar course in the candidate’s specialty. Applications should be submitted online at https://jobs.furman.edu/postings/5580 Include PDF versions of a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research interests, names of three references, and unofficial transcripts.  Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2016.  Visit http://ees.furman.edu to learn more about the department.  Furman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing faculty diversity.

Position Announcement: Assistant to the Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

POSITION: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks an Assistant to the Director. We will hire a highly organized individual with excellent communication skills and a solutions-oriented attitude. 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.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Assistant to the Director will assist in the day-to-day administrative functions of the institute. The successful candidate for this position will provide business and administrative support for the Gund Institute’s academic and research activities, which includes administrative, operational and financial tasks. They are responsible for providing administrative support to the Director of the Gund Institute and other faculty, staff and students based in the Johnson House. Duties include: scheduling, travel arrangements, financial process support, arranging and staffing meetings, coordinating recruitment processes, maintaining databases, ensuring proper functioning of the Johnson House, communication support for on-line calendars and the Gund website and associated informational venues, and other projects as assigned.  The Assistant is responsible for ensuring positive and effective relationships within and outside of UVM. For a full list of responsibilities please see the job description on UVM’s jobsite (position number 017282).
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have an associate’s degree, and a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Three years of prior administrative experience is required. Applicants should possess basic program administrative and financial support skills, effective problem solving, organizational and communication skills, and be comfortable with Microsoft Office. The position requires initiative in problem solving, excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task. Must have a positive, helpful and solutions-orientated attitude.
APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 2-3 professional references to www.uvmjobs.com. The job position number is (017282). Inquiries may be made to Deidre Zoll. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their service.  Applicants are encouraged to 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. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

 

Research fellow: James Hutton Institute and University of St. Andrews

Announcing a shared research fellow position in environmental and natural resource economics between the James Hutton Institute and the University of St Andrews. The post would suit someone who has recently completed their Ph.D. and who has already started publishing in environmental and resource economics. Applications are being accepted until February 12, 2016. The links to the position are here:

Research Fellow: Natural Resource/Environmental/Ecological Economics (JHI-04-16) at The James Hutton Institute

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