New Book on “Sustainable Wellbeing Futures”

We have a new edited book coming out in May 2020 entitled Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: a Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics. This work is the product of a workshop supported by the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont, and includes contributions from a broad range of scholars and practioners dedicatedContinue reading “New Book on “Sustainable Wellbeing Futures””

After the Pandemic – Designing a Just and Resilient Economy for All

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the immense brittleness and vulnerability of the world’s economy. Extended supply chains have collapsed, many staples are in short supply, and life-saving healthcare in many countries is being rationed. In plotting a course forward, should world leaders aim for a return to an economic system that was so easily andContinue reading “After the Pandemic – Designing a Just and Resilient Economy for All”

The UVM Economist Behind Bernie’s Job Numbers

By Arno Rosenfeld. Cross-posted from Gund Institute for Environment.February 6, 2020 When Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign released job numbers for its Green New Deal proposal last fall, projecting it would put 20 million people to work, it raised some eyebrows. Politico suggested the figures were “outlandish,” while The New York Times cautioned that job growth was “not soContinue reading “The UVM Economist Behind Bernie’s Job Numbers”

A Just Transition to a Right-Sized Economy

What are the elements of a just transition to a smaller economic system? For example, imagine degrowth of material-intensive activities offset by growth in leisure. Or the freeing of time from the overworked to the underemployed. In Herman Daly’s exploration of a steady-state economy, he reminds us of the writings of the social critic BertrandContinue reading “A Just Transition to a Right-Sized Economy”

University of Vermont to Host United Nations Biosphere Delegation

Cross-posted from University of Vermont Communications, October 9, 2019 On October 11, representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Program (MAB) and the U.S. National Park Service will gather at the University of Vermont for the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve’s (CABR) Annual Meeting.  The meeting will focus on howContinue reading “University of Vermont to Host United Nations Biosphere Delegation”

New research on phosphorus surplus in Vermont agriculture

New research by PhD alum Michael Wironen is out in the journal of Global Environmental Change on “Phosphorus Flows and Legacy Accumulation in an Animal-Dominated Agricultural Region from 1925 to 2012” (aka Vermont).  We found that although the overall surplus of phosphorus in agricultural in Vermont has declined since the 1950s, excess phosphorus continues toContinue reading “New research on phosphorus surplus in Vermont agriculture”

Most U.S. States Face ‘Progress Recession’

Cross-posted from University of Vermont Communications January 26, 2018 There’s an old adage in business that says, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”  This philosophy guides a growing number of economic studies in the U.S. that move beyond narrow notions of economic success, to broader and more nuanced definitions of progress. One such measureContinue reading “Most U.S. States Face ‘Progress Recession’”

Recruiting PhD Students for “Leadership for the Ecozoic” Partnership

Position: The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, seek up to ten PhD students to join the Leadership for the Ecozoic partnership in Fall 2018. The cohort will focus broadly on developing and applying systems-based approaches to ecological economics, law, ethics, andContinue reading “Recruiting PhD Students for “Leadership for the Ecozoic” Partnership”