People

    • Tariq Banuri

      Tariq Banuri

      Associate Fellow

      Dr. Tariq Banuri is the chairman of the Pakistani Higher Education Commission, an independent, constitutionally established institution, with a mandate to finance, oversee, regulate, and accredit all institutions of higher learning in Pakistan. Banuri moves into the role from his prior positions as an economics professor and associate director of the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water at the University of Utah and Director of the UN Division for Sustainable Development. Earlier, he had been instrumental in the design of a number of institutions and networks on sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), the Asia Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD), the Ring Alliance, the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, the Human Development Foundation of North America, and the Great Transition Initiative.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead (with Paul Raskin, Gilberto Gallopín, Al Hammond, Rob Swart, Robert Kates, and Pablo Gutman)

      Civic Entrepreneurship: A Civil Society Perspective on Sustainable Development, Vol. 1: Global Synthesis (with Adil Najam)

      The Coming Struggle (contribution to GTI Forum "Which Future Are We Living In?")

    • Halina Brown

      Halina Brown

      Associate Fellow

      Halina Brown is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University. She is currently a chairperson of the Citizens Commission on Energy in Newton, Massachusetts, and played a leading role in producing the Newton Climate Action Plan. Her scholarly research has included environmental risk assessment, national and international environmental policy, corporate environmental management, the institutionalization of sustainability reporting, socio-technical transitions, and sustainable consumption. She has served as a chief toxicologist at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, a visiting professor at several universities, and a member of numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a co-founder of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Society for Risk Analysis. She received a PhD in chemistry from New York University in 1976.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      The Perils of Privatization (contribution to the GTI Forum "A Universal Basic Income: Has the Time Come?")

      What Would Jane Jacobs Say?

    • Maurie Cohen

      Maurie Cohen

      Associate Fellow

      Maurie Cohen is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has held prior academic positions at the University of Leeds, Binghamton University (State University of New York), Mansfield College (Oxford University), and Indiana University. Dr. Cohen is a co-founder of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), an international knowledge network comprising academics, policy makers, and practitioners working at the interface of material consumption, sustainable systems innovation, and economic transition. He also serves as the editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy, an open-access e-journal dedicated to the wide dissemination of scholarly research and professional insights on sustainability. His books include Sustainability, The Future of Consumer Society: Prospects for Sustainability in the New Economy, Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions, and Social Practices (with Halina Brown and Philip Vergragt), and Risk in the Modern Age: Social Theory, Science, and Environmental Decision Making. He holds a PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      The Decline and Fall of Consumer Society?

      The Power of Sorrow (contribution to the GTI Forum "After the Pandemic: Which Future?")

      Searching for Solidarity (contribution to the GTI Forum "Interrogating the Anthropocene: Truth and Fallacy)

      Reflection on Journey to Earthland

      The Degrowth Alternative (contribution to a forum)

      Debating the Sharing Economy (contribution to a forum)

    • Felix Dodds

      Felix Dodds

      Associate Fellow

      Felix Dodds is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and an independent consultant focusing on stakeholder engagement in the sustainable development process. He was previously Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future from 1992 to 2012. He has been active at the UN since 1990, attending the Rio Earth Summit, Habitat II, Rio+5, Beijing+5, Copenhagen+5, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. He has also participated in all the UN Commissions for Sustainable Development and many UNEP Governing Councils. In 2011, he chaired the 64th UN Department of Public Information NGO Conference on Sustainable Societies Responsive Citizens. He co-chaired the NGO Coalition at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development from 1997 to 2001. He has written or edited nine books, including the recent Only One Earth: the Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development (2012). He is a member of a number of advisory boards, including the Council of Advisors for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security, Asia-Europe Foundation - ENVforum Steering Committee, and the Great Transition Initiative.

      He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Surrey.
    • Richard Falk

      Richard Falk

      Associate Fellow

      Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, Chair of Global Law at Queen Mary University London, and Research Associate at the Orfalea Center of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He directs the project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy at UCSB and formerly served as director the North American group in the World Order Models Project. Between 2008 and 2014, Falk served as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. His book (Re)Imagining Humane Global Governance (2014) proposes a value-oriented assessment of world order and future trends. His most recent books are Power Shift (2016), Revisiting the Vietnam War (2017), On Nuclear Weapons: Denuclearization, Demilitarization and Disarmament (2019), and On Public Imagination: A Political & Ethical Imperative, edited with Victor Faessel and Michael Curtin (2019). He is the author or co-author of many books, including Religion and Humane Global Governance (2001), Explorations at the Edge of Time (1993), Revolutionaries and Functionaries (1988), The Promise of World Order (1988), Indefensible Weapons (1983), A Study of Future Worlds (1975), and This Endangered Planet (1972).

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Changing the Political Climate: A Transitional Imperative

      Global Solidarity: Toward a Politics of Impossibility (opening essay for a GTI Forum)

      Reflection on Journey to Earthland

      Navigating a Fortress World (contribution to GTI Forum "Which Future Are We Living In?")

      Defying Hidebound Institutions (contribution to GTI Forum "The Pedagogy of Transition")

      Violence: Another Existential Crisis (contribution to GTI Forum "Interrogating the Anthropocene: Truth and Fallacy")

      Expanding our Ambitions (contribution to GTI Forum "Planetize the Movement!")

      Ethical Leadership in the Civilizational Rupture (contribution to GTI Forum "Toward a Great Ethics Transition")

      A World Political Party? (contribution to a forum)

      How to Ban the Bomb (contribution to a forum)

      Global Government Revisited (contribution to a forum)

      Global Citizenship: Plausible Fears and Necessary Dreams (contribution to a forum)

    • Jayati Ghosh

      Jayati Ghosh

      Jayati Ghosh is a development economist and Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Her research focuses on globalization, international finance, employment patterns in developing countries, and gender and development. She is one of the founders of the Economic Research Foundation in New Dehli, a charitable trust devoted to progressive economic research; Executive Secretary of the International Development Economics Associates, a network of economists critical of the mainstream economic paradigm of neoliberalism; and a member of the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs. She has consulted for a variety of intergovernmental organizations, including the ILO, UNDP, and UNCTAD. Her published works include the co-edited Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, Demonetisation Decoded, India and the International Economy, Never Done and Poorly Paid: Women’s Work in Globalising India, and The Market that Failed: A Decade of Neoliberal Economic Reforms in India.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Development for Whom? (interview)

    • Tim Jackson

      Tim Jackson

      Tim Jackson is an ecological economist and writer. Since 2016, he has been Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey in the UK, where he is also Professor of Sustainable Development. From 2004 to 2011, he was Economics Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth (2009/2017), which was subsequently translated into 17 foreign languages. His latest book Post Growth – Life after Capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021. Jackson holds degrees in mathematics (MA, Cambridge), philosophy (MA, Uni Western Ontario) and physics (PhD, St Andrews). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Belgian Royal Academy of Science. In addition to his academic work, he is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

    • Giorgos Kallis

      Giorgos Kallis

      Giorgos Kallis is an ecological economist, political ecologist, and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Barcelona. He is the coordinator of the European Network of Political Ecology and editor of Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era (2014). His research is motivated by a quest to cross conceptual divides between the social and the natural domains, with particular focus on the political-economic roots of environmental degradation and its uneven distribution along lines of power, income, and class. His current work explores the hypothesis of sustainable degrowth as a solution to the dual economic and ecological crisis. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley, and he holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of the Aegean, an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      The Degrowth Alternative

      Toward Policy Specificity (contribution to GTI Forum "The Population Debate Revisited")

      Full-World Economics (contribution to a forum)

      Marxism and Ecology (contribution to a forum)

      Meaningful Work (contribution to a forum)

      Do Red and Green Mix? (contribution to a forum)

    • Marjorie Kelly

      Marjorie Kelly

      Associate Fellow

      Marjorie Kelly is currently an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President at The Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit research and consulting organization that specializes in community wealth building. Among the projects she currently heads up is a Learning/Action Lab assisting a half-dozen Native American nonprofits launch social enterprises and employee-owned companies. Kelly has led a variety of consulting and research projects in corporate social responsibility, rural development, and impact investing for organizations like the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. Her books include The Making of a Democratic Economy: Building Prosperity For the Many, Not Just the Few (with Ted Howard), Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution (2012), and The Divine Right of Capital (2003). She was co-founder, and for twenty years president, of Business Ethics magazine, and the co-founder of Corporation 20/20, a multi-stakeholder initiative to envision and advocate enterprise and financial designs that integrate social, environmental, and financial aims. She is a board member of Salem Alliance for the Environment and on the advisory board of the Sustainable Business Academy.

      She holds a BA in English and an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

    • Ashish Kothari

      Ashish Kothari

      Ashish Kothari is a founder-member of Kalpavriksh, a forty-year civil society organization in India focusing on environment and development issues. He taught at Indian Institute of Public Administration and is Professor of Practice at National Law School and University (Bengaluru) and guest faculty in several other universities in India and abroad. He coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan, served on Indian government committees to formulate the National Biodiversity Act and National Wildlife Action Plan, and served on boards or steering committees of two IUCN commissions, Greenpeace International & India, and the ICCA Consortium. A long-standing member or supporter of several people’s movements, he helps coordinate Vikalp Sangam, Global Tapestry of Alternatives, and Radical Ecological Democracy processes. He is (co)author/(co)editor of several books, including Birds in our Lives, Churning the Earth, Alternative Futures, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Radical Ecological Democracy: A Path Forward for India and Beyond

      A Flowering of Radical Change (contribution to GTI Forum "Which Future Are We Living In?"

      Honoring the Pluriverse (contribution to GTI Forum "An Earth Constitution: Has Its Time Come?")

      Thinking Beyond the Left (contribution to GTI Forum "Planetize the Movement!")

      Marxism and Ecology (contribution to a forum)

      Farming for a Small Planet (contribution to a forum)

      Do Red and Green Mix? (contribution to a forum)

      Party Time? (contribution to a forum)

    • Mary Mellor

      Mary Mellor

      Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor at Northumbria University, where she was founding Chair of the University’s Sustainable Cities Research Institute. She has published extensively on alternative economics integrating socialist, feminist, and green perspectives. In 2017, she received the Bernardo Aguilar Award by the US Society for Ecological Economics in recognition of her contributions to inspiring students through teaching, research, ideas, and mentoring in the field. Her books include Feminism and Ecology, The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource, Debt or Democracy? Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice, and Money: Myths, Truths and Alternatives. She holds a PhD from Newcastle University.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Money for the People

      Public Money for a Public Purpose (contribution to the GTI forum "Universal Basic Income: Has the Time Come?")

      Do Red and Green Mix? (contribution to a forum)

      On Degrowth (contribution to a forum)

    • Frances Moore Lappé

      Frances Moore Lappé

      Frances Moore Lappé is the author or coauthor of nineteen books, including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her latest work is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, co-authored with Adam Eichen, focusing on the roots of the US democracy crisis and how Americans are creatively responding to the challenge. Frances is co-founder of Oakland-based Food First and the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. The recipient of nineteen honorary degrees, Frances has been a visiting scholar at MIT and U.C. Berkeley and in 1987 received the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “Alternative Nobel.”

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now

    • Rasigan Maharajh

      Rasigan Maharajh

      Associate Fellow

      Rasigan Maharajh is an Associate Fellow of the Tellus Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the George Perkins Marsh Institute (GPMI) of Clark University.

      He is the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation in the Faculty of Economics and Finance at Tshwane University of Technology, where his research has focused on critiquing the political economy, innovation systems and public policies in the context of the global knowledge commons, economic development, social cohesion, and democratic governance.

      Prior to his return to academia in 2004, he was Head of Policy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (1997-2004) and National Coordinator of the Science and Technology Policy Transition Project for South Africa's first democratic government (1995-1997).

      He is an active member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence-building Systems (Globelics); the Steering Group of the South Africa Forum for International Solidarity; and the National Executive Committee Subcommittee on Education of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU).

      He holds a PhD from the Forskningspolitiska Institutet of Lund University in Sweden. He is also an alumnus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Harvard University.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition (contribution to a forum)

    • Adil Najam

      Adil Najam

      Adil Najam served as Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan, and is now the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University (since 2014). He has also taught at MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and is a past Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. He remains a Professor of International Relations and of Earth & Environment. Prof. Najam was a co-author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the scientific panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the public understanding of climate change science. His recent books include Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resource Book (2006); Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002).

    • Heikki Patomäki

      Heikki Patomäki

      Heikki Patomäki is a social scientist, activist, and Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. Previously, he worked as a full professor at the University of Nottingham Trent (1998–2003) and RMIT University (2007–2010 in Melbourne). He has published over 20 books, 200 research papers, and hundreds of popular articles and blogs on such topics as the philosophy and methodology of social sciences, peace and futures studies, and global political economy, justice, and democracy. His most recent book is The Three Fields of Global Political Economy (Routledge 2022). Currently, Patomäki is a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters; a founding member of the new Helsinki Centre for Global Political Economy; Vice Chair of the EuroMemo network in 2021–2022; and a participant in the activities of the DiEM25 movement-party. He holds a PhD from the University of Turku.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      A World Political Party: The Time Has Come

      Think Cosmically, Act Locally (contribution to the GTI Forum "Think Globally, Act Locally?")

      Conjuring the Spirits of the Present (contribution to the GTI Forum "Planetize the Movement!")

      The Shaping of Our Historical Moment (contribution to the GTI Forum "Interrogating the Anthropocene: Truth and Fallacy")

      The Long View (contribution to the GTI Forum "Can Human Solidarity Globalize?")

      Economic Impacts of Population Reduction (contribution to the GTI Forum "The Population Debate Revisited")

    • Chella Rajan

      Chella Rajan

      Associate Fellow

      Sudhir Chella Rajan is Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Coordinator of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, where he worked on energy scenarios and global politics and institutions. He has an extensive research background in transportation, energy systems, and the institutional and political context of environmental policymaking. He is broadly concerned with the interactions among social, political, technological, and environmental factors relating to sustainable development. His research has included energy and environmental scenario analyses, the politics of automobility and pollution control, power sector reform in developing countries, and analysis of institutional reform measures to reduce corruption. Prior to joining the Tellus Institute, he worked at the California Air Resources Board and the International Energy Initiative and as an independent consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Contours of the Future: Alternative Scenarios for the Boston Region (with Paul Raskin and James Goldstein)

      Global Politics and Institutions: A 'Utopistic' View

      Focus on Bioregions (contribution to GTI Forum "An Earth Constitution: Has Its Time Come?")

      The Global Shapes the Local (contribution to GTI Forum "Think Globally, Act Locally?")

      The Church of Economism and Its Discontents (contribution to a forum)

    • Kate Raworth

      Kate Raworth

      Kate Raworth is an economist focused on making economics fit for the twenty-first century. Her book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st Century Economist is an international bestseller that has been translated into 18 languages, and was long-listed for the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She is co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab, working with cities, business, communities, governments and educators to turn Doughnut Economics from a radical idea into transformative action.

      She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and is Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Kate was previously a senior researcher at Oxfam (2001–2013), a co-author of the United Nations' Human Development Report (1997–2001) and a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, working as an economist in the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Marketing, Zanzibar (1994–1997).

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Dollars to Doughnuts (interview)

      Bounding the Planetary Future (contribution to a forum)

    • William Rees

      William Rees

      William Rees is a population ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus, and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the biophysical requirements for sustainability and the implications of global ecological trends for the human prospect, and he has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed and popular articles. He is best known as the originator and co-developer (with his graduate students) of “ecological footprint analysis,” which shows that the world is far into overshoot. Dr Rees has authored. He is a founding member and former President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; a founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative; and a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, recipient of a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship and both the international Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel). He holds a PhD in population ecology from the University of Toronto.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Economics vs. The Economy

      Monetizing Nature (contribution to a forum)

      Consumer Society (contribution to a forum)

      Evolution and Overshoot (contribution to GTI Forum "The Population Debate Revisited")

    • Juliet Schor

      Juliet Schor

      Associate Fellow

      Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Her PhD is in economics, which she taught at Harvard from 1984 to 1995. Her most recent book is After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win it Back (U of California Press, September 2020). Schor is also the author of the national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need, and True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy. Her current research topics include the gig economy and the future of work, time use, the “algorithmic workplace,” and the drivers of carbon emissions. Schor is also the Co-Chair of the Better Future Project, a Massachusetts-based climate activist organization.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Debating the Sharing Economy

    • Gus Speth

      Gus Speth

      Associate Fellow

      Gus Speth is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, Fellow at the Vermont Law School, and Co-Chair of the Next System Project at the Democracy Collaborative. In 2009, he completed his decade-long tenure as Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999, Gus Speth was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to his service at the UN, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (Carter Administration), and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is the author, co-author, or editor of seven books, including the recent America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (2012) and Angels by the River (2014). He currently serves on the boards of the New Economics Institute, Center for a New American Dream, Climate Reality Project, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. He is an honorary director of the World Resources Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Gus Speth holds a JD from the Yale Law School.

      Selected Tellus Publications

      Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics

      Change Agent: Evolution of a Systems Champion (interview)

      Searching for Radicalism in a Corporate Age (book review)

      Reflection on Journey to Earthland

      Short-Term Action for Long-TermChange (contribution to GTI Forum "Which Future Are We Living In?")

      A Fraught History (contribution to GTI Forum "The Population Debate Revisited")

      Imploding the Carbon Economy (contribution to GTI Forum "The Climate Movement: What's Next?")

    • Jonathan Cohn

      Jonathan Cohn

      Managing Editor

      Jonathan Cohn is the Managing Editor of the Great Transition Initiative. He is responsible for coordinating the on-going editorial, production, moderation, and dissemination process. Through volunteerism, research, and advocacy, Jonathan has demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice. He has interned with the New Economics Institute and Common Cause, among other organizations, and recently worked in the development team at Civic Works' Baltimore Center for Green Careers. Jonathan Cohn received a BA in English and History (Honors) from Georgetown University in 2010.

      In 2012, he received a MA from Columbia University and an MSc from the London School of Economics through their dual degree program in international and world history.
    • Kathy Nguyen

      Kathy Nguyen

      Operations Manager

      Kathy Nguyen is the Operations Manager of the Tellus Institute with responsibilities for administrative support, book-keeping, and maintaining the online presence of the Institute and its Great Transition Initiative.

      She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.