John M. Gowdy is Professor of Economics and Director of the Ph.D. program in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy , New York, USA. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Vienna, Austria, and a visiting scholar at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the University of Queensland,Australia; Tokushima University and Doshisha University, Japan; and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is the author of over 100 academic papers and eight books, including (with Carl McDaniel) Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature (University of California Press, 2000), Limited Wants, Unlimited Means: A Reader in Hunter–Gatherer Economics and the Environment (Island Press, 1998), and (with Sabine O’Hara) Economic Theory for Environmentalists (St Lucie Press, 1995) His articles have appeared in Ecological Economics, Environment and Planning, Land Economics, The Journal of Regional Science, Structural Change and Economic Development, and the Review of Income and Wealth.
He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Ecological Economics,Environmental Ethics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, and Environment and Planning. He is the current President of the US Society for Ecological Economics.
Professor Gowdy’s current research includes the following: economic valuation of biodiversity and environmental theory and policy, economic anthropology, evolutionary models of economic change, and regional sustainable economic development using social accounting matrices. His current work in regional sustainable development is funded by the Hudson River Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Center for Economic Growth of the Rockefeller Institute. The Hudson River Project is a pilot program constructing an integrated assessment model of the interactions between economic change, land use change, and ecosystem integrity in a tributary of the Hudson River. Professor Gowdy is also involved in a sustainable development project in the rural village of Umuluwe in south-eastern Nigeria, where he is investigating the inter-related issues of climate change, globalization, and poverty.