John Gowdy and Lisi Krall
Professors of Economics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & SUNY Cortland
Evolution and Resource Governance: What Economics Can Bring to the Debate
Monday, September 9, 2013
Academic Building A G008, 5:00 PM
Cosponsored with the Department of Economics, Binghamton Econ Club, and the Economics GSO
The inability to alter the course of human economy in the face of the problematic if not dire economic and environmental consequences of that development is enigmatic for those who believe in the power of human agency to bring about change. Historically, economic and evolutionary theory were closely connected, but that connection was lost for most of the twentieth century. Yet understanding economic order and its development as a complex and central aspect of human evolution provides insight and guidance into our present situation and in particular, allows us to think more constructively about the kinds of changes that are needed to change the collision course between the global economy and the ecological and social health of the planet.
John Gowdy’s current research is in the broad transdisciplinary field of ecological economics. His specific areas of research include behavioral economics and environmental policy, economic valuation of biodiversity, environmental theory and policy, and evolutionary models of economic change. He has working on the EU project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and he has been chair of the Steering Committee for a project with the Garrison Institute on Neuroeconomics, Behavioral Economics and Climate Change Policy. He also worked with David Sloan Wilson on a project funded by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center consisting of a number of workshops on the theme “Behavioral Economics and Evolutionary Theory.” An outcome of this project was a special issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization on evolution and economics.
He has worked on several environment and development projects in recent years including a study of the effects of climate change on the coastal village of Keti Bunder, Pakistan, the response to globalization in the village of Umuluwe, Nigeria, and the economic, ecological and cultural values of the Sudd Marsh in Southern Sudan.
He is past President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. He has published over 180 academic papers in the areas of sustainability and cultural evolution, environmental valuation, welfare economics and the environment, behavioral economics, and climate change and energy use. His latest book is Economic Theory Old and New: A Student’s Guide published by Stanford University Press, 2010.
Lisi Krall is a Professor of Economics at the State University of New York, Cortland, with expertise in political economy and environmental and ecological economics. She is the author of Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History, which explores the interconnections of economy, culture, and land in U. S. history. Her present work uses evolutionary biology and radical and institutional economics to understanding market society as an integrated whole, and its incompatibility with biophysical limits.
She has published in numerous journals including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Issues, Conservation Biology , Journal of Bioeconomics and Ecological Economics. A Fulbright scholar she serves on the boards of the Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy and the United States Society of Ecological Economics. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies. Krall received her B.S. in anthropology from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. in economics, also from the University of Utah. She resides in Central New York and Wyoming.
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