John Gowdy is Professor of Economics, and Science & Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is the 2009 recipient of the Herman Daly Award for his contributions to ecological economics, is the author of over 170 published articles and 10 books, and has 35 years of experience teaching economics.
Here John shares his insights on incorporating some core theories and concepts from ecological economics into his undergraduate environmental economics courses. You can also find the syllabus for John’s course here.
You can expect to find more blog posts like John’s in the future, as well as other teaching materials on the new curriculum page of our website. If you are interested in contributing or writing a blog post for the site, please contact Erin Lennox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont is recruiting one or more Postdoctoral Associates to pursue research at the interface of environmental, social, and economic systems. We are seeking exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to important sustainability challenges. These two-year positions are the first in a new competitive postdoctoral program, with new associates to be appointed each year.
About the position:
Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Fellow of the Gund Institute. Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged. We expect postdocs to develop additional collaborations with UVM scholars and the institute’s wide network of external colleagues, and to participate actively in seminars, workshops, and other events hosted by the institute.
We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a discretionary fund of $5,000 /year to support research costs and travel. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is summer 2017.
About the Gund Institute:
The Gund Institute mobilizes scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s critical environmental problems. More than 60 faculty, postdocs, students, and staff collaborate to study the interactions between people and nature and to build a more sustainable future.
To fulfill its mission, the institute catalyzes cross-cutting research, nurtures a global community of scholars, and connects findings to local and global decision-makers. The Gund Institute is poised to broaden its scope significantly, with substantial new resources to support this growth.
Eligibility and application:
Candidates must have completed a PhD by the start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural or social sciences, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.
If interested, first contact potential advisors to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with proposed advisors. Then, submit an application online by April 21. Applications comprise a cover letter, CV, research proposal, and letter of support from your proposed advisor (see website for further details). Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.
About the University of Vermont:
The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont’s land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually. The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live. UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.
The Harvard Environmental Fellows Program awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline. The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers—working alongside Harvard faculty hosts—to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges. Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups.
We are looking for the very best candidates with environment-related research interests across all science disciplines, social sciences and policy, and the humanities. This year we are hosting a cohort representing research areas in history, history of science, climate science, chemistry, literature, biology and economics.
The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The fellowships are among the most generous at Harvard, paying a salary of $64,000 per year with benefits eligibility, $2,500 each year for professional/research expenses, and a one-time stipend for relocation expenses. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work. Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.
Additional information on the Environmental Fellows Program and the application form are posted at www.environment.harvard.edu. The attached poster includes a summary of the information on our website. Please help us by forwarding it to your graduating students and to your colleagues at other universities.
If you have any questions about the fellowships, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Clem at email@example.com.
- Course announcement: http://
conservation-strategy.org/en/ course/economic-tools- conservation-2016- international-course
- Application Form: http://conservation-
strategy.org/en/webform/ economic-tools-conservation- 2016-application-form
Please contact Niki Gribi at niki@conservation-strategy.
The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) will recruit two exceptional PhD students for Fall 2015 as part of a newly-funded Graduate Assistantship program. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work but it should focus broadly on our research themes: Ecological Economics, Natures Benefits, Healthy Landscapes and Seascapes and Climate Change.
The Gund 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. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek students interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.
OFFER: PhD students will receive four years of funding which will cover tuition and a generous stipend. Some of the tuition for this program may be covered via teaching assistantships. Funding is guaranteed for four years.
QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred but all highly qualified candidates will be considered.
APPLICATION: Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Interested students should complete the following steps:
- Identify and contact potential faculty advisors. See the list of Gund Institute Fellows for potential advisors. Fellows expressing particular interest include: Jon Erickson, Josh Farley, Brendan Fisher, Gillian Galford, Bill Keeton, Chris Koliba, Ernesto Mendez, Taylor Ricketts, Joe Roman, Donna Rizzo, Brian Voigt, Lini Wollenberg, Asim Zia.
- Apply to the appropriate college or school by February 1, 2015 (this may be earlier than their usual deadline). In your application, indicate your interest in the Gund PhD Assistantship and the faculty you have been in touch with. Faculty will nominate candidates for the Gund Assistantship from among those applying to their college or school.
Saturday October 25th (10am-10pm) and Sunday October 26th (10am-7pm)
45 Leading scholars, authors and activists will convene at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, for a public “teach-in” on the profound impacts– environmental, economic and social– of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.
Speakers at this event will include: Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Richard Heinberg, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, and many others. For a full list of speakers, visit here.
For further details and ticket information, please visit the event website: http://ifg.org/TECHNO-UTOPIA/
Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the Human-Earth Relationship
Economics for the Anthropocene offers exceptional graduate students the opportunity to collaborate in rethinking and redirecting the human/Earth relationship.
POSITION: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and York University in Toronto, Ontario seek up to nine PhD or MS students to join the international Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) research initiative, in Fall 2015. The Fall 2015 cohort will focus broadly on applying approaches based on ecological economics to issues of energy supply and use in Eastern Canada and Northeastern U.S. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work.
BACKGROUND: Humanity is degrading the Earth’s life support systems. Fresh water is too often contaminated, in short supply, and subject to competing claims. Continued reliance on non-renewable sources of energy is unsustainable and faces increasingly unacceptable trade-offs for both regional and global environments. Irreversible climate changes are raising stark questions of justice. In short, Earth has entered a human-dominated epoch: the Anthropocene. Yet, prevailing norms continue to rely on thought systems that insufficiently account for knowledge of how human society interacts with and affects Earth’s life systems.
The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project builds on the strengths of McGill, York and UVM in ecological economics. They form the core of a diverse partnership of 25 academic, government, and NGO partners designed to improve how the social sciences and humanities connect to ecological realities of the Anthropocene. E4A’s overarching goal is to articulate, teach and apply a new understanding of human-Earth relationships grounded in and informed by the insights of contemporary science. The partnership will:
- Create a vibrant international research network in ecological economics;
- Train students to become change agents capable of analyzing and managing the unique challenges of the Anthropocene;
- Actively link academic and non-academic partners in solving transnational problems that exemplify these new challenges; and
- Integrate the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities by extending the core vision of ecological economics to other normative disciplines such as finance, law, governance, ethics, and cosmology.
The partnership will train up to 60 graduate students in three cohorts over six years. Students will enroll at any of the three universities, and cohorts will take core courses together through web-enabled classrooms that link our campuses. Joint field courses will engage non-academic partners in providing hands-on experience in transdisciplinary problems and their ecological, social, and economic dimensions. E4A partners and collaborators will help guide research questions, mentor students, and provide internship opportunities. The partnership will focus on three daunting challenges: water security, energy supply and use, and climate justice.
OFFER: PhD and MS students at UVM, McGill, and York may receive a generous 12-month E4A research stipend. The majority of tuition for this program will be covered via scholarships and teaching assistantships. Travel and research funds are also available. Funding is guaranteed for three years.
QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred for PhD applicants, but all highly qualified candidates interested in all four dimensions of the program will be considered.
APPLICATION: Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Interested students should contact one of the following:
- McGill University
Peter Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicolas Kosoy: email@example.com
* Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.
- University of Vermont
Jon Erickson: Jon.Erickson@uvm.edu
Joshua Farley: Joshua.Farley@uvm.edu
Taylor Ricketts: Taylor.Ricketts@uvm.edu
Asim Zia: Asim.Zia@uvm.edu (on Sabbatical FY 14)
* Applicants must apply to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources PhD program at UVM by February 1st and meet all of the admissions requirements.
- York University
Ellie Perkins: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Victor: email@example.com
Graduate admissions: Gwen Gringhuis: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Applicants must apply to the Faculty of Environmental Studies PhD program by January 8, or the Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) program by February 5 (international applicants) or March 12 (Canadian applicants), and must meet all of the admissions requirements.
For more information, visit the E4A website at www.e4a-net.org.