Nnimmo Bassey is a Nigerian architect, environment activist, and poet. He co-founded Environmental Rights Action (ERA), a Nigerian NGO, as well as a chapter of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI). He is currently Chairman of both ERA and FOEI. He started his advocacy work in the 1990s, denouncing multinationals and governments for environmental and economic mismanagement, as well as human rights abuse, in the Niger Delta oil exploitation area. He has a strong stance against carbon fuels and the carbon credits market both in Nigeria and elsewhere. He criticizes false alternatives, such as agrofuels. He is author of the book To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa, published in 2012. In that year, he was also awarded the Right Livelihood Award (often called an Alternative Nobel Prize, especially for environmental protection and human rights).
Cristovam Buarque is a Brazilian politician and university professor of Universidade de Brasilia - UnB, and also currently Senator for the Federal Capital District. He has served as Minister of Education and Governor of the Federal District. Cristovam received a doctorate in Economics at the Sorbonne and was a Rector of the University of Brasilia. He is author of several books in Economics, History, Sociology and Education. His main interest is in education. He states that the whole educational system of Brazil is flawed and that the transformation of education is the only way Brazil can reduce wealth inequality and reduce underdevelopment. He created the NGO "Missão Criança" (Mission Child) to advance subsidized education for children across many nations. He now presides the "Subcomissão Permanente de Acompanhamento da "RIO+20" (Permanent Subcomission of Rio+20 Monitoring) and the Regime Internacional Sobre Mudanças Climáticas no Senado Federal - CRER+20-SF (International Regime on Climate Change in the Senate)
Glenn-Marie Lange is the Team Leader for Policy & Economics in the Environment Department where she leads the Department's work on environment and development. She is the principle author of "The Changing Wealth of Nations" and leads the new Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES). Dr. Lange joined the World Bank in 2009, coming from the Earth Institute at Columbia University (2004-2008) where her work focused broadly on ecosystems services valuation, environmental accounting and development, particularly in Africa and Asia. Prior to that she worked at New York University's Institute for Economic Analysis founded in the late 1970's by Wassily Leontief, where, in addition to environmental accounting, her work included environmental economic modeling with IO models and SAMS. She received a PhD in economics from New York University (1990).
Sunita Narain is an environmentalist and Director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a leading NGO which published India's first State of the Environment Report. CSE has played a major role in shaping in environmental policy and practice in India through analysis, public campaigns and publications, including its forthnighly journal Down to Earth. Her interests range from the relationship between environment and development to the relationship between local and global democracy. She began her environmental journey in the 1980s, travelling across India to understand natural resource management. Narain has been associated with CSE since 1982. She worked closely with the late Dr. Anil Agrawal who founded CSE and coauthored with him the widely cited 1991 publication Global Warming in an Unequal World: A case of environmental colonialism. Under her Directorship CSE has continued to provide cutting edge critiques on environmental questions and shape India's environmental policy on many fronts. In 2005 she was awarded the Padma Shri award by the President of India.
Ignacy Sachs is a Polish born French eco-socio-economist, based at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales EHESS in Paris, where he created the Centre International de Recherches sur l'Environnement et le Developpement and, later on, the Centre de Recherches sur le Bresil Contemporain. He holds a Degree from the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences of Rio de Janeiro, and a Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics (India). He has been concerned with environmental questions since the 1960s and helped formulate the concept of "ecodevelopment", later transformed into "sustainable development". He took part in the United Nations Conference on Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972, and in the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Sachs believes that a fair world should bring together economic growth, egalitarian sharing of wealth and respect for the environment, as the only way to truly respect both human rights and our planet.
Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Brazil, received his degree in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science-LSE. He also served in the executive secretariat of the Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Budgeting and Management, as well as Advisor to the UN Resident Representative and Ambassador to Brazil. He was General Coordinator of the UNDP program in Brazil. In the academic arena, he was active as Director of the Government School of Minas Gerais (João Pinheiro Foundation) and Director of Undergraduate Studies of the National School of Public Administration (ENAP).
Yolanda Kakabadse is the President of WWF International, the World Wide Fund for Nature and Natural Resources. She served as Minister of Environment in Ecuador, where she founded Fundacion Natura in 1979, one of the most important Latin American environmental NGOs. In 1992 she worked as the NGO liaison in the Rio Earth Summit to coordinate civil society participation in this event. Kakabadse is especially concerned with environmental education and development policies. She serves as a trustee of the Ford Foundation and an as an environmental advisor to companies such as Coca-Cola and Holcim. She has been awarded the Golden Ark by Prince Bernard of the Netherlands, among others prizes.
Herman Daly is an American economist, often regarded as the father of Ecological Economics. He is currently professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland. Herman was a Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank from 1988 to 1994, where he helped to advance the policy concepts related to sustainable development. During this period he was engaged in environmental operations in Latin America. He has always been regarded as an alternative or unorthodox economist. He coined the concept of uneconomic growth, which states that growth of the GDP can hide a welfare downturn, by for instance damaging the environment, and proposed the use of an Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare. He is also the first major proponent of a Steady State Economy. Among other prizes, he has received the Right Livelihood Award.
Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics, and head of the India Observatory and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He held previous posts at universities in the UK and abroad, as well as at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, where he was Chief Economist at both institutions. Lord Stern was Head of the UK Government Economic Service 2003-7, and produced the landmark Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007. His most recent book is "A Blueprint for a Safer Planet".
Peter A. Victor
Dr. Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. By extending input-output analysis, he was the first economist to apply the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy. Dr. Victor was the first President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. His most recent book is Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster (Edward Elgar, 2008).
Mr. Nitin Desai has played a key role in the international politics of sustainable development for over two decades. From 1985-1987 he was Senior Economic Adviser to the Brundtland Commission, and drafted key chapters of Our Common Future. In 1990-1993, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and coordinated the work of the UN Secretariat for Agenda 21. In 1993, he was appointed head of the UN’s newly created department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development. He was involved in the organization of the Copenhagen Summit on Social Development in 1995 and the Monterrey Summit on Finance and Development in 2002. He acted as the Secretary-General of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. Mr. Desai is also Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi), an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics, and advises the Indian Government on its national climate change action plan.
James Gustave Speth (Not Coming)
James Gustave Speth is an American environmental lawyer. He has been involved with environmental issues since the 1970's, working with academia, think tanks and Governmental agencies. He co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1970 and founded the World Resources Institute in 1982. He was a key adviser for Jimmy Carter's Administration concerning environmental policies, and was head of the United Nations Development Programme in the 1990s. His most recent publication is the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability.
Jigmi Y. Thinley
The Honourable Jigmi Y.Thinley is the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan. As the founding President of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), he led his party to a landslide victory in Bhutan’s first ever national elections held in March 2008, winning 45 out of a total of 47 seats. Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley is a strong advocate of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, which is an alternative development model to the GDP led economic growth conceived by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan. He is also committed to conservation of environment. He is presently the Chairman of the National Environment Commission, as also the Chairman of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Environment (UWICE). He is also an International Counsellor for the Asia Society, New York; Member of the SNV International Advisory Board, and the President of Maha Bodhi Society of India.
Ph.D. is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and President of Global Footprint Network. He has promoted sustainability on six continents and lectured at more than 100 universities. Mathis is also a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, and was honored by the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment, an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, the 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics.
William E. Rees
William Rees is an ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada. His research focuses on the biophysical prerequisites for sustainability and on behavioral and cognitive barriers to progress. He is the originator and co-developer (with Dr Mathis Wackernagel) of 'ecological footprint analysis'. Prof Rees has lectured widely across North America and in 25 other countries. He is a member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group; a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute; a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; and founding Director of the One Earth Initiative. The Vancouver Sun has named Prof Rees one of British Columbia's top public intellectuals. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada In 2006, awarded a prestigious Trudeau Foundation Fellowship in 2007 and recently received an Honorary Doctorate from Laval University.
Bina Agarwal is President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and Director and Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She has held distinguished positions at Harvard, Princeton, Minnesota, Michigan and the NYU School of Law. She has served as Vice-President of the International Economic Association, President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, and as a member of the Stiglitz Commission for the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. Agarwal has written extensively on environment and development; land, livelihoods and property rights; the political economy of gender; poverty and inequality; law; and agriculture and food security. Among her best known works is the multiple award-winning book, A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994) and the more recent Gender and Green Governance (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010). In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India, and in 2010 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, “for broadening the frontiers of economic thought”. (www.binaagarwal.com).
(1) Greening the Economy
- Measuring green growth
- The energy question
- Sustainable consumption
- (Un)sustainable cities?
(2) The Political Economy of Green Development
- Food security: who sows? who reaps?
- The economics and politics of climate change
- Pollution and politics
- Challenges of community resource governance
(3) Environmental Justice, Ethics and Values
- Global agreements: is convergence possible?
- Balancing nature: people, biodiversity and resilience
- Governing environmental behaviour
- Mores and morals: toward an environmental ethic
- Political ecology and ecological conflicts
(4) Methodological Challenges
- Feminist economics and ecological economics: can the twain meet?
- Behavioural economics and economic behaviour: beyond homo economicus?
- Economics and Ecology: transdisciplinary conversations