• Paul Raskin

      Paul Raskin


      Paul Raskin is the founding President of the Tellus Institute. The overarching theme of Dr. Raskin’s work has been the development of visions and strategies for a transformation to more resilient and equitable forms of social development. Toward this larger aim, his research has spanned issues (energy, water, climate change, ecosystems, and sustainable development) and spatial scales (local, national, and global). He has conceived and built widely-used models for integrated scenario planning for energy (LEAP), freshwater (WEAP), and sustainability (PoleStar). Dr. Raskin has published widely, and served as a lead author for the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Board on Sustainability, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Earth Charter, and UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook.

      In 1995, he convened the Global Scenario Group to explore the requirements for a transition to a sustainable and just global civilization. The Group’s 2002 valedictory essay—Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead—became the point of departure for the Great Transition Initiative that Dr. Raskin launched in 2003 and continues to direct. His recent book, Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization, updates and expands his thinking on the shape of the global future.

      Dr. Raskin received a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University in 1970, and taught at the university level before co-founding the Tellus Institute in 1976.

      Visions of a Sustainable World
      Yale University interview with Paul Raskin

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      Paul Raskin   Selected publications for Paul Raskin
    • John Stutz

      John Stutz

      Senior Fellow

      John Stutz is Vice President and a founding member of the Tellus Institute. Over the past 38 years, his work at Tellus has addressed utility regulation, energy policy, waste management, and conservation. The unifying theme has been the impact of consumption on individuals, the economy, and the environment. On numerous occasions, he has appeared as an expert witness before regulatory bodies in the US and Canada. Also, working on behalf of the US EPA, the OECD, and others, he has studied problems such as waste prevention and the measurement of progress toward sustainability. Recently, Dr. Stutz's work has centered on human well-being as it relates to values, affluence, and the environment. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI).

      Before joining Tellus in 1976, Dr. Stutz was on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the State University of New York at Albany, where he received tenure, and Fordham University, where he was an associate professor of mathematics and co-director of the program in mathematics and economics. He received a PhD in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1969.

      John Stutz   Selected publications for John Stutz
    • Allen White

      Allen White

      Senior Fellow

      Allen White is Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute and directs the institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative ( and served as its Acting CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and is now Director of Corporation 2020 (, an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission. For his expertise in sustainability strategy, policy, tools, and standards, he has been engaged by multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank; foundations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the UN Foundation; numerous Fortune 500 companies; US EPA; and NGOs such as Oxfam and People4Earth. Dr. White has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University, and Battelle Laboratories, and he is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru. He was Founding Chair of GAN-Net/iScale and has served on boards, advisory groups, and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, New Earth/Earthster, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Since 2005, Dr. White has served as Senior Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility and to CERES as a principal architect of the first standardized environmental reporting framework in the years following launch of the organization in 1990. He is co-author of Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy and has published and spoken widely on corporate design, sustainability, accountability, and governance.

      Dr. White received a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University.

      Allen White   Selected publications for Allen White
    • 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.

      Tariq Banuri   Selected publications for Tariq Banuri
    • Halina Brown

      Halina Brown

      Associate Fellow

      Halina Szejnwald Brown is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University. Brown’s research and teaching has evolved from cancer research, risk assessment of environmental pollutants, and environmental health policy to corporate environmental management, institutionalization of sustainability reporting, socio-technical transitions, and sustainable consumption. She was a chief toxicologist at Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and visiting professor at several European universities. She has served on numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the International Society for Risk Analysis.

      Brown’s current research focuses on the interaction of technology, policy, and culture in a transition to sustainable and prosperous future. She co-founded the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), the North American knowledge network of professionals working at the interface of material consumption, human fulfillment, and technological change. She has co-authored three books: Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy, Effective Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Poland’s Experience, and Innovations in Sustainable Consumption.

      Halina Brown received a PhD in chemistry from New York University.

      Halina Brown   Selected publications for Halina Brown
    • 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 Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions, and Social Practices (with Halina Brown and Philip Vergragt), Exploring Sustainable Consumption: Environmental Policy and the Social Sciences (with Joseph Murphy), Risk in the Modern Age: Social Theory, Science, and Environmental Decision Making, and The Exxon Valdez Disaster: Readings on a Social Problem (with J. Steven Picou and Duane Gill).

      He holds a PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Maurie Cohen   Selected publications for Maurie Cohen
    • Herman Daly

      Herman Daly

      Associate Fellow

      Herman E. Daly is an ecological economist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy. From 1988 to 1994, he was a Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank. Prior to that, he was a professor of economics at Louisiana State University, where he taught for twenty years. He has served as Ford Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Ceará (Brazil), a Research Associate at Yale University, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil. He was co-founder and associate editor of the journal Ecological Economics. He has written extensively on theorizing the steady-state economy and co-developed the Index of Sustainable Welfare. He holds a BA from Rice University and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.

      Herman Daly   Selected publications for Herman Daly
    • 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).

      Richard Falk   Selected publications for Richard Falk
    • Gilberto Gallopín

      Gilberto Gallopín

      Associate Fellow

      Gilberto Gallopín is an independent scholar based in Argentina. Originally trained in ecology, he has worked throughout the world on a wide spectrum of issues pertaining to sustainable development: ecological systems analysis, integrated scenarios, global modeling, environmental impact assessment, and development policy. He has previously held senior positions at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Stockholm Environment Institute, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, International Institute for Sustainable Development, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He has also served as a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and Fundación Bariloche, Argentina, where he served as Executive President. He has published numerous articles and books. He holds a PhD in Ecology from Cornell University.

      Gilberto Gallopín   Selected publications for Gilberto Gallopín
    • 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, and Executive Secretary of the International Development Economics Associates, a network of economists critical of the mainstream economic paradigm of neoliberalism. 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.

      Jayati Ghosh   Selected publications for Jayati Ghosh
    • James Goldstein

      James Goldstein

      Associate Fellow

      James Goldstein is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. His research centers on the development of analytic methods and stakeholder processes for community-based initiatives to integrate environmental protection, economic development, and social well-being. He has over thirty years of experience in the assessment of environmental problems and policies, with a particular emphasis on integrated approaches for water resource planning, solid waste/materials management, and long-range scenario analysis. His current focus is incorporating a global perspective in the design of local and regional sustainability efforts. He has developed sustainability scenarios for the Boston metropolitan area, advised on integrated resource planning for provision of regional water management, and advanced sustainable urbanization as a key component of the future UN Development Agenda.

      Mr. Goldstein received a BA in Geography from Clark University in 1978.

      James Goldstein   Selected publications for James Goldstein
    • Marjorie Kelly

      Marjorie Kelly

      Associate Fellow

      Marjorie Kelly is currently an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and a 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. She oversees a variety of research and consulting projects in inclusive economic development, employee ownership, and place-based impact investing, working with groups that include city economic development, foundations, and anchor institutions. She is author of the new book Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution (2012), which explores the emergence of a generative economy characterized by values-based enterprises, 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.

      Marjorie Kelly   Selected publications for Marjorie Kelly
    • Rasigan Maharajh

      Rasigan Maharajh

      Associate Fellow

      Rasigan Maharajh is concurrently Nodal Head of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (RSA); the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at Tshwane University of Technology (RSA); and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. In 2014, he was Visiting Professor at Rede de Pesquisa em Sistemas e Arranjos Produtivos e Inovativos Locais in the Instituto de Economia of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Visiting Research Scholar at the George Perkins Marsh Institute of Clark University (USA).

      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.

    • 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.

      Chella Rajan   Selected publications for Chella Rajan
    • 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.

      Juliet Schor   Selected publications for Juliet Schor
    • Gus Speth

      Gus Speth

      Associate Fellow

      Gus Speth is an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute and Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School. 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.

      Gus Speth   Selected publications for Gus Speth
    • Jennie Stephens

      Jennie Stephens

      Associate Fellow

      Jennie Stephens Stephens is the Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. Her research, teaching, and community engagement focus on social, political, and cultural aspects of the renewable energy transition and climate change responses. She is a 2015-2016 Leopold Leadership fellow, and her book Smart Grid (R)Evolution: Electric Power Struggles (Cambridge University Press, 2015) explores social and cultural debates surrounding energy system change (co-authored with Wilson and Peterson). Before coming to Northeastern, she was on the faculty at the University of Vermont (2014-2016) and Clark University (2005-2014).

      She holds a PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering from the California Institute of Technology

    • Faye Camardo

      Faye Camardo

      Documents Assistant

      Faye Camardo first joined Tellus in 1978 when the Institute moved to Boston from Albany, NY. Since that time, in addition to word processing, she has been responsible for a variety of administrative and organizational duties, including editing reports and manuscripts, as well as coordination of meetings and special events. Prior to joining Tellus, she was Assistant to the President of National Merchandising Corp., an international sales and manufacturing organization located in Wellesley Hills, MA.

    • 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.

      Jonathan Cohn   Selected publications for Jonathan Cohn
    • David McAnulty

      David McAnulty

      Administrative Director

      David McAnulty is the Administrative Director of the Tellus Institute. He joined Tellus in 1977 and was appointed Director of Administration in 1986. In 1996, he assumed the responsibilities of Personnel Director, including the human resources and benefit functions. During the first fifteen years of his tenure at Tellus, he was also a member of the Energy Group research team, where he worked primarily on research in electric utility demand forecasting and energy conservation planning and analysis. His resume includes approximately sixty research reports. Prior to coming to Tellus, he was a research consultant at the New York State Education Department.

      He holds an MA in English literature from the University of New York at Albany.

    • 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.