Teaching and Advising

Current Ph.D. Students

Mitzi Bolton

Mitzi Bolton

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Daniel Kenny

Daniel Kenny

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Rifaee Rasheed

Rifaee Rasheed

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My PhD students are a diverse group from Australia, the United States, and the Maldives. They focus on a broad range of topics, including: Why don’t government decisions better integrate sustainable development? How can management of the natural environment impact financial stability? What cultural, economic, and environmental aspects determine the success or failure of marine protected areas?

Current teaching

  • Present2014

    Ecological Economics and Policy

    Australian National University. This ecological economics course integrates theory and application, introducing theory and background through seminal papers, books, and lectures and application through a problem-based learning approach. Through a project, students work in groups or individually on specific research problems chosen in consultation with the instructor, applying the ecological economics framework to solving these problems. For more information, click here.

  • Present2017

    Environmental Assessment

    Australian National University. To a large extent, policies drive environmental outcomes. Accordingly, we need to develop ways to consider how policies create and deal with pressing environmental issues as well as mechanisms to force actions in order to improve outcomes. This course provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of key Environmental Assessment (EA) approaches that are the primary means of integrating environmental considerations into governmental decision-making. For more information, click here.

Teaching history

  • 20162013

    Scenario Planning in Australia

    Australian National University. This course looked at scenarios that have been developed globally by governments, businesses, and other institutions with the goal of identifying archetypes that can be used to develop scenarios for Australia. Those scenarios were then developed into a survey that could be put to the public.

  • 20152015

    Measuring Sustainable Human Well-Being

    Australian National University. This course looked at different ways of calculating human wellbeing that proposed around the world.  The students chose and calculated the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for Australia and compared it to other GPIs from around the world.

  • 20142013

    Government, Markets and Global Change

    Australian National University. This course tackles the big questions of economic growth, inequality, and sustainability. It shows how frameworks and insights from economics and political science can be applied to these questions, and it encourages students to apply those frameworks and insights to real-world problems to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice.

  • 20122012

    Measuring Human Well-Being

    Portland State University. Run in collaboration with the State of Oregon’s Governor’s office, this course looked at measures of wellbeing that could be implemented in the state.  The course calculated the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for the state and compared it with the GPIs calculated for other states.

  • 20102010

    Solutions Seminar Series

    Portland State University. A weekly seminar series focused on communicating solutions to our wicked global problems. The seminars were open to the general public but required students enrolled in the course to attend and provide assignments based on the talks.

  • 20102008

    Ecological Economics

    University of Vermont. A foundational course that developed (1) a core understanding of the basic tenants of neoclassical economic theory, (2) an interdisciplinary critique of economic behavior and production models, and (3) a transdisciplinary foundation for problem-solving in the context of the scale and complexity of 21st century social and environmental problems.