The Steady State Economy Conference

Keynote Presentations

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Peter Victor Managing Without Growth – Slower by Design, Not Disaster

Peter Victor is Professor in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. He 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 one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics and 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).

Peter has served on numerous boards and advisory committees and has appeared as an expert witness before various Commissions. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Committee on the National Accounts for Statistics Canada, the Academic Advisory Panel of TruCost, the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation, the Board of the New Economics Institute, the Board of CASSE, and the editorial advisory board of several academic journals.


Andrew Simms The Great Transition

Andrew Simms is the Policy Director and Head of Energy and Climate Change at nef. He has written reports on issues ranging from climate change, to globalisation and localisation, debt and ecological debt, corporate accountability, and genetic engineering and food security. He is the author of Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations (2009) as well as numerous other publications about human development and the environment.

Andrew studied at the LSE and has worked for a variety of development and environmental organisations, including Oxfam and the International Institute for Environment and Development and has been a regular contributor to the International Red Cross’s annual World Disasters Report. He is a board member of Greenpeace UK and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Europe. He is also a member of the Green New Deal Group.


Dan O'Neill What is a Steady State Economy and How Do We Achieve It?

Dan O’Neill is the European Director for the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, and a Ph.D. candidate in ecological economics at the University of Leeds. His research interests include steady state economics, biophysical limits to growth, environmental indicators, alternative ways of measuring human progress, and urban planning. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in areas such as regional planning and energy management. Dan holds a master of environmental studies degree from Dalhousie University and an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Victoria.


Tim Jackson Prosperity Without Growth – Economics for a Finite Planet (by video)

Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the aim of RESOLVE is to explore the links between lifestyles, societal values and the environment. In particular, RESOLVE aims to provide evidence-based advice to policy-makers in the UK and elsewhere who are seeking to understand and to influence people’s energy-related behaviours and practices. Since 2004 Tim has been Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission and is the author of their controversial and groundbreaking report, now updated and expanded in the book Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet (Earthscan 2009). In addition to his academic work he is an award-winning playwright with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.