Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Registration open for ISEE 2016!

Registration for the 2016 Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) is now openTransforming the Economy: Sustaining Food, Water, Energy and Justice. As the Science of Sustainability, Ecological Economics must advance the transformation of the economy to support rather than debilitate the processes that sustain our living planet. Most fundamental to such an economy is its support of basic live support systems like food, water and energy, and its support of social justice and a quality life for all. Register now!

Held June 26-29, 2016, ISEE will focus on these critical themes, and will facilitate dialogue between practitioners and researchers to advance such an economic transformation. The transformation agenda must include tangible solutions that support an economy that is in sync with the biological and physical systems of our planet, and that builds capacity for human well-being and justice.  Particular attention will be given to urban communities that are home to almost 60 percent of the world’s population and that are characterized by cultural diversity and social disparity. Keynote speakers for the conference: Frances Moore Lappé, founder of the Small Planet Institute Dr. Renato Maluf, associate professor of Agriculture, Development and Society (CPDA) at Brazil's Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Minister Jairam Ramesh, Indian economist and politician, and Mokgadi Monamati, senior natural resource officer of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Industry, Botswana. Additional biographical information for the keynoters can be found below.

Frances Moore Lappé is the author and co-author of 18 books including the best selling Diet for a Small Planet.  Gourmet Magazine named Frances one of the twenty-five most influential people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child) whose work has changed the way America eats. Her most recent work World Hunger: 10 Myths, which she co-authored with Joseph Collins, was published in October 2015. Frances is the cofounder of three organizations, including the Oakland based think tank Food First and the Small Planet Institute which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which supports democratic and social movements around the world.

Dr. Renato Maluf is Associate Professor of Agriculture, Development and Society (CPDA) at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the author of several books and scientific articles on economic development, rural and agricultural issues, food systems, food security, the multi-functionality of agriculture, food and nutrition policy, and the role of family farms. Dr. Maluf is a member of the national board of the Brazilian Network on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security (FBSSAN), the most important coalition of NGOs, social movements and academics of its kind. He is a member and the former president of the National Council of Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA) that serves as a key advisory body to the President of the Republic of Brazil. He also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security. Maluf received his PhD in Political Economy from the State University of Campinas, Brazil, and held visiting appointments at Oxford University and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France.

Jairam Ramesh is an economist and politician who held several prestigious ministerial posts including as Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Indian Minister of State of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Ramesh is the author of several books and articles and participated in India’s economic reforms in the 1990s. Early in his career he joined the World Bank but returned to India after a short assignment to serve in various public sector appointments in the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Industry and other economic departments of the Central Government of India. Ramesh received a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon, conducted doctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a founding member of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, a member of the International Council of the Asia Society, and a Visiting Fellow and Affiliated Researcher of the Institute of Chinese Studies, in New Delhi.
Mokgadi Monamati is the Senior Natural Resource Officer of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Industry of Botswana. She is well known for her work on water resources and especially on the valuation of water in economic development and participated as lead researcher several influential studies on water. Prior to her current appointment he served as Principal Natural Resources Officer of the Department of Environmental Affairs. Mokgadi is a member of the Environmental Economics Capacity Building Initiative (CEEPA) a network of researchers and collaborating regional and international resource persons dedicated to capacity building in environmental economics and policy. The overall objective of CEEPA is to increase capacity for research and policy analysis in environmental and resource economics in Africa through a program of research grants and related support services. Mokgadi received a Master’s of Science from Purdue University in Indiana.

The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) sponsors the conference. ISEE assists its members and ecological economists, regional societies of ecological economics, related societies, and other organizations in such matters of common concern as can be dealt with more effectively by united action. The conference will be hosted by CAUSES.

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