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GDAE Researchers and Staff

Co-Directors: Neva R. Goodwin, William R. Moomaw
Director, Theory and Education Program: Jonathan M. Harris
Director, Research and Policy Program: Timothy A. Wise
Researchers: Brian Roach
Staff: Erin Coutts, Casey Kennedy, Josh Uchitelle-Pierce

Associated Researchers
Senior Research Fellows:
Frank Ackerman
, Ann Helwege, Julie A. Nelson, Kenneth Shadlen, Mariano Torras, Lyuba Zarsky

Research Fellows:

Jeffrey Ashe, Jeronim Capaldo, Rachel Massey, Shaun Paul, Roberto Porzecanski, June Sekera, Liz Stanton

Visiting Research Fellows:
Anne Marie Codur, Carina Millstone, Nathan Perry

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Neva R. Goodwin, Co-Director

Neva GoodwinNeva Goodwin is active in a variety of attempts to systematize and institutionalize an economic theory – “contextual economics” – that will have more relevance to contemporary real world concerns than does the dominant economic paradigm. She has edited more than a dozen books, and is the lead author of two introductory textbooks: Microeconomics in Context and Macroeconomics in Context. The the micro text is available in Italian; a Transitional Economies Edition was translated into Russian and Vietnamese. Both texts are published by M.E. Sharpe, and are in preparation for new editions.

Over the past decade Dr. Goodwin led the creation of a “social science library” called Frontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-Being which contains nearly 10,000 full bibliographic references, representing seven social sciences, and including full text PDFs for a third of the referenced articles and book chapters. This is being distributed widely in 138 developing and transitional countries, with special efforts to reach institutions with poor or no Internet access.

In other activities, e.g. as co-chair of the board of the New Economics Institute, Dr. Goodwin seeks ways to translate an understanding of the economy in its full social and ecological contexts into action and policy. She also seeks a deeper theoretic understanding from exposure to on-the-ground experiments in alternative socio-economic institutional design, and is involved with efforts to motivate business to recognize social and ecological health as significant, long-term corporate goals.

Dr. Goodwin received a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School ('82) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University ('87). For more information about Dr. Goodwin, see the Concord Academy Magazine article.
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William R. Moomaw, Co-Director

Dr. William R. Moomaw holds a Ph.D. from MIT in physical chemistry. He is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he directed the International Environmental and Resource Program until 2013. He was the Senior Director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) until 2012. He was a coordinating lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and for the special report on renewable energy in 2010. He was a lead author of three other IPCC reports (1995, 2005 and 2007), and as an author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment on nitrogen, and serves on the Integrated Nitrogen Committee of the EPA Science Advisory board. His research interests include: global climate change; stratospheric ozone depletion; air pollution; the role of science and technology in national and international policy; and fisheries, forests, and energy policy. He is working with diplomats and negotiators to improve the likely outcome for international treaties on climate change, biodiversity and other global issues.
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Jonathan M. Harris, Director, Theory and Education Program

Jonathan M. Harris holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Dr. Harris is President-Elect of the United States Society for Ecological Economics. He is co-author of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (3rd ed., M.E. Sharpe, 2013) and of Macroeconomics in Context, Principles of Economics in Context, and Microeconomics in Context (M.E., Sharpe, 2014).  He is co-editor of Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics: Responding to the Climate Challenge (Edward Elgar, 2009), New Thinking in Macroeconomics: Social and Institutional Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2003), and of  the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought volumes A Survey of Sustainable Development, A Survey of Ecological Economics, and Human Well-Being and Economic Goals. He is also editor of Rethinking Sustainability: Power, Knowledge, and Institutions; author of World Agriculture and the Environment; and co-author of environmental teaching modules in microeconomics and macroeconomics. He has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of International Economics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and as consultant and lecturer at the Brown University Watson Institute International Scholars of the Environment Program and the University of the Middle East.

Timothy A. Wise, Director, Research and Policy Program

Timothy A. WiseTimothy A. Wise is Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, and leads its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He is currently an Open Society Fellow. With a background in international development, he specializes in agricultural policy and rural development. He is involved in ongoing research in the areas of: Sustainable Rural Development, Beyond Agricultural Subsidies, Mexico Under NAFTA, WTO and Global Trade. He is the co-author of the book (in English and Spanish), Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico, and The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Lessons from Latin America. He is the former executive director of Grassroots International, a Boston-based international aid organization. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts' Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department.

Brian Roach, Senior Research Associate

Brian RoachBrian Roach received a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis from the University of California, Davis in 1995 and an M.S. in agricultural economics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. From 1997-2001, he worked at the University of Maine, Orono as a researcher and teacher. His research background has focused on non-market valuation of natural resources, including drinking water quality, water-based recreation, wildlife, and subsistence activities. As a teacher, he has taught courses in economics and natural resources. He also developed a course on the history, theory, and social implications of mass consumerism. Since coming to GDAE in the summer of 2001, he has worked on the texts Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach and Microeconomics in Context, including writing an Instructors Manual for both. He is currently working on several research topics including the role of large corporations in a global economy, the distributional implications of tax policy in the U.S., and economic inequality.

Erin Coutts, Outreach Coordinator

Erin CouttsErin Coutts graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies, majoring in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Spanish. Erin worked for Honduran NGOs for two years; she was an ESL instructor for Guaruma, which promotes environmental awareness and conservation through photography, and the Assistant Director of the Organization for Youth Empowerment, which aims to create agents of social change through leadership training and youth-led communications projects.

Casey Kennedy, Program Coordinator

Casey KennedyCasey Kennedy graduated from Bryant University with a B.S. in business and from Suffolk University with an M.Ed. in Education Administration. Her last position was at Suffolk University in the business office. She spent a semester abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Josh Uchitelle-Pierce, Research Coordinator

Josh Uchitelle-PierceJosh Uchitelle-Pierce graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics, concentrating in environmental economics, economic development, and microfinance. Josh runs GDAE's Social Science Library Project and is in charge of graphic design for the textbooks put out by the Theory & Education Program, including Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Microeconomics In Context, and Macroeconomics In Context. Before coming to GDAE, Josh worked at the Embu Farmers' SACCO (Savings and Credit Cooperative) in Embu, Kenya.

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Senior Research Fellows

Frank Ackerman, Senior Research Fellow

Frank Ackerman is an economist who has written extensively about the economics of climate change and other environmental problems. He is now a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and a senior economist at Synapse Energy Economics, a consulting firm in Cambridge, MA. He worked at GDAE from 1995 through 2007, and for the Stockholm Environment Institute, while based at GDAE, from 2007 to 2012. He remains a senior research fellow at GDAE. For a biographical description and resume, please see his Synapse Energy Economics staff page. Most of his publications, and additional information on his work, can be found on his personal website.

Ann Helwege, Senior Research Fellow

Ann HelwegeAnn Helwege’s research at GDAE focuses on the relationship between macroeconomic policy and poverty in Latin America. She is the co-author of Latin America’s Economy, as well as co-editor of Latin America’s Economic Future and Modernization and Stagnation: Latin American Agriculture. She has presented her work at the World Bank, the Federal Reserve and the International Labor Organization. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from SUNY Buffalo, and taught for many years in Tufts’ Department of Urban and Environmental Policy. She currently teaches at Boston University. In addition to her work on Latin America, her interests include environmental policy and the pedagogy of social values in economics.
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Julie A. Nelson, Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow Julie A NelsonJulie A. Nelson is a Senior Research Fellow at GDAE and a Professor of Economics and Department Chair at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received her Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1986, and has held positions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the University of California-Davis, Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Bates College. She is author of Economics for Humans (University of Chicago Press), Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics (Routledge), coeditor of Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics and Feminist Economics Today (both University of Chicago Press), and author of numerous scholarly articles. At GDAE she has co-authored  Microeconomics in Context, Macroeconomics in Context, and other curriculum materials. See the GDAE feature on Dr. Nelson and her work.
UMass Boston Faculty Web Page

Kenneth Shadlen, Senior Research Fellow

Kenneth ShadlenKenneth C. Shadlen is a Senior Research Fellow with GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program, and a Reader in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Shadlen received his PhD. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. He is a Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Studies and the co-editor of The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration: Responding to Globalization in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). His current research addresses the politics of intellectual property (IP), and the politics of North-South economic integration. He also works on the political economy of bilateral and regional trade agreements and the World Trade Organisation. His work analyzes the implications of the new global regime for IP on both industrialization and technological transformation and also public health, and the various ways that the new global norms and rules for IP are transmitted to the national level and affect national practices. The working title of his new book is Knowledge Gaps, Knowledge Traps?: The New Politics of Patents in Development.
LSE Web Page

Mariano Torras, Senior Research Fellow

Mariano TorrasMariano Torras holds a Ph.D. and MA in economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a MA in international political economy and development from Fordham University. Since 1999, he has been a professor of economics at Adelphi University. He specializes in ecological economics and development economics, and his research publications have been in the areas of well-being assessment, environmental and natural resource accounting, dematerialization trends, and links between power inequality and health outcomes (as well as other socioeconomic variables). His articles have appeared in Ecological Economics, World Development, Journal of Happiness Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Development and Change, International Review of Applied Economics, and other journals. His current research focuses on alternative (non-Western) approaches to development and human progress, as well as the problem of subjectivity and measurement in economics. In addition to introductory micro and macro economics, he regularly teaches environmental economics, development economics, econometrics, and the senior capstone seminar. He is co-founder, trustee, and treasurer of the Brooklyn Free School, an independent private school where students participate in running the school and tailor their own unique curriculum to their particular interests and passions.
Adelphi University Faculty Web Page

Lyuba Zarsky, Senior Research Fellow

Lyuba ZarskyLyuba Zarsky is Senior Research Fellow with GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program and co-author with Kevin Gallagher of Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico's Silicon Valley (MIT Press, 2007).  She is Associate Professor at the Graduate School for International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and was formerly the co-director of a the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability in Berkeley, California. She has written widely on global trade and investment, corporate accountability, and sustainable development including "Searching for Gold in the Highlands of Guatemala: Economic Benefits and Environmental Risks of the Marlin Mine" (GDAE, 2011), International Investment for Sustainable Development: Balancing Rights and Rewards (Earthscan Press, 2005); Human Rights and the Environment: Conflicts and Norms in a Globalizing World (Earthscan Press, 2004); and Beyond Good Deeds: Case Studies and A New Policy Agenda for Corporate Accountability (Natural Heritage Institute, 2002).  She holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research and a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Monterey Institute of International Studies Faculty Web Page

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Research Fellows

Jeffrey Ashe, Research Fellow

Jeffery AsheBased on research he carried out in Nepal, India, and Zimbabwe, Jeff Ashe designed and led the Saving for Change Initiative at Oxfam America that in seven years grew to 600,000 members, most all of them women, in Mali, Senegal, Cambodia, El Salvador and Guatemala. He has played a leadership role in building support and securing funding for this radically decentralized approach to financial inclusion based as it is on training autonomous saving and lending groups that mobilize their own savings rather than building financial institutions. He left Oxfam in March 2013 to continue research in this field and recently published In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development.
Jeff Ashe previously founded and led Working Capital, which was for a time the largest microfinance institution in the US, and has consulted on microfinance projects in over 30 countries. While at Acción International in the '70s and '80s, he directed the first worldwide study of microfinance, and thus introduced group lending to Acción in 1982. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he developed the Campesino Leadership Training program in agrarian reform areas. He teaches microfinance at Columbia and Brandeis and holds a BA in political science from UC Berkley and an MA in sociology from Boston University. Most recently his article “Deep Outreach Financial Inclusion: Mass-Scale, Low Cost Saving and Borrowing for those Microfinance Cannot Profitably Reach” was featured on the Microfinance Gateway.

Jeronim Capaldo, Research Fellow

Jeronim CapaldoJeronim Capaldo is a Research Fellow with GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He is currently working as an econometrician with the International Labor Organization in Geneva. Before joining GDAE he was a member of the modeling and forecasting team at UNDESA, where he was responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean and for the analysis of global employment. Previously, at FAO he analyzed the economic effects of climate change in Africa and Central America. Jeronim earned a Laurea cum laude in economics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is currently a PhD candidate in economics at the New School for Social Research. His current research focuses on global macroeconomic models applied to trade and fiscal policy.
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Rachel Massey, Research Fellow

Rachel MasseyRachel Massey is a Research Fellow with GDAE's program in Economics for Health and the Senior Associate Director and Policy Program Manager at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell. She holds a Master's degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University. She has worked as a researcher, writer, and editor for environmental organizations including Environmental Research Foundation, Pesticide Action Network, and the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hampshire College. She has published articles on a variety of health and environment topics, ranging from health and developmental effects of toxic exposures through genetic engineering in agriculture. Her article on health and environmental implications of US support for the "war on drugs" in Colombia won a 2003 Project Censored award for top stories underreported in the mainstream media.
TURI Staff Website

Shaun Paul, Research Fellow

Shaun PaulShaun Paul is a Research Fellow with GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Program and is currently working on a project titled Assessing Impact of Private Investment: A Focus on Biocultural Diversity. Shaun is the President and Founding Partner of Reinventure Capital, established in partnership with the private equity firm Good Capital. Designated as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation, Shaun has worked internationally for 20 years with policymakers, indigenous leaders, business leaders, private foundations and environmentalists to forge new models building resilient communities and accelerating an inclusive, restorative economy. This includes his current role as Program Committee Board Chair for International Funders for Indigenous People and nominator for the Goldman Environmental Prize. His prior roles include Founder and Executive Director of the EcoLogic Development Fund, Founder and Co-President of Pico Bonito Forests LLC, Steering Committee member for White Water to Blue Water, and a founding board member for Root Capital and ArtCorps. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University.

Roberto Porzecanski, Research Fellow

Roberto Porzecanski Roberto Porzecanski, was a pre-doctoral fellow at GDAE and earned his doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. His research focuses on the political economy of foreign investment in the Southern Cone. He is the author of (in Spanish) Not On Board:Uruguay and the Prospects for a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, 2000-2010 (Debate, Random House Mondadori, June 2010) and co-author of The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization, with Kevin P. Gallagher, Stanford University Press, 2010.

June Sekera, Research Fellow

June SekeraJune Sekera is a public policy practitioner and researcher. At GDAE, her work is focused on the role of government in the economy. Projects include a teaching module on public goods, and working papers on the diminishment of the public governing capacity and the problems of outcomes measurement in non-market environments. June has held leadership and management positions at federal, state and local levels of government. As the former Vice President for Performance Management at the Commonwealth Corporation in Massachusetts, she led the agency in establishing and managing a performance planning and goals measurement system. She is a consultant to national, state and local government and non-profit organizations on policy development, performance accountability, performance management systems, program evaluation, program development and strategic planning. Her areas of content specialization include workforce training and development, labor exchange, public education, adult education, public transit staffing and training and economic and community development. She is also a Project Director at the National Center for Employee Ownership. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her 1983 publication, States and Communities: The Challenge for Economic Action, was used in graduate courses at HKS and at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Recent published articles and papers have focused on public goods and public, non-market production.

Liz Stanton, Research Fellow

Liz Stanton photoLiz Stanton is an economist who works with GDAE and is a Senior Economist at Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to joining Synapse, she was a senior economist with the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Climate Economics Group. She has co-authored two books on environmental and energy economics: Environment for the People (2005) and Climate Economics: The State of the Art (2013).

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Visiting Research Fellows

Anne Marie Codur, Visiting Research Fellow

Anne Marie Codur Anne Marie Codur is a Franco-American scholar, educator, activist and artist, with a multicultural background. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and was a Post-Doctoral fellow at Harvard University and an associated researcher at GDAE, where she co-wrote several educational modules in ecological economics with Jonathan Harris. While at Harvard, she co-founded the University of the Middle East Project (UME). Dr. Codur was successively Academic Director and Executive Director of UME, until 2008. Since 2009, she has been a Senior Advisor of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, lecturing in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, in series of workshops dedicated to the dissemination of the methods and strategies of nonviolent action. She recently co-founded and is Academic Director of Newscoop, an online venture providing high school students from around the world with the tools of sound journalism. Since 2011, she has resumed her affiliation with GDAE as a research associate, taking part in the editing of educational modules and chapters of ecological economics textbooks, as well as in their translation in French, to reach a broad audience of French speaking scholars and students around the world.

Carina Millstone, Visiting Research Fellow

Carina Millstone Carina Millstone is a sustainability professional and activist. She started her career as a consultant, advising corporate and government clients on sustainability performance and management in Western Europe, Africa and Central Asia. Finding this work ethically dubious at best, she then founded an organization, The London Orchard Project, to help address the twin challenges of food security and climate change in her home city. More recently, she has served as the Manager of Programs for the New Economics Institute. As a Visiting Research Fellow at GDAE, Carina is working on a project entitled “Frugal Value: Designing business for a crowded-planet” on the nature and workings of individual private sector organizations in a steady-state economy. As an activist, Carina has been involved in the transition town movement, green politics, and climate change campaigning. She holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, professional qualifications in Social Auditing and Environmental Impact Assessment, and a certificate in Permaculture Design.

Nathan Perry, Visiting Research Fellow

Nathan PerryNathan Perry received his PhD in economics from the University of Utah in 2010. His research focuses on exchange rate pass-through effects, alternative theories of inflation, and the macroeconomic consequences of global imbalances. He has worked as a policy researcher at a poverty research organization where he co-authored the "State of Working Utah," which highlights the economic problems of working people. He teaches courses in Macroeconomics, Money and Banking, and Econometrics. His current research projects include examining the role of wage cuts in the great moderation, and calculating fiscal multipliers during the Great Depression. Nathan is the author of GDAE’s module on Debt and Deficits and is co-author with Sara Hsu of the recent book, Lessons in Sustainable Development from Malaysia and Indonesia.

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