Tom Green is a Vancouver-based ecological economist who obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2012. He recently returned to Canada after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre; this centre is focused on improving the resilience of social-ecological systems. He is currently Associate Faculty with the School of Environment & Sustainability at Royal Roads University and in 2015 will be a visiting lecturer with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. He also developed and taught Quest University Canada’s first course in ecological economics. He continues to research how student knowledge of and attitudes towards the environment are affected by taking mainstream principles of economics courses, what economic theory should be taught to help students understand the challenges of sustainability and is interested in the understanding the requirements for a successful transition to post-growth economies that respect planetary boundaries. Tom has also worked as a consultant offering economic and policy analysis within an ecological economics perspective.
From 2003-2007, Tom worked as Director of Socio-economics for a coalition of environmental groups to help secure both human wellbeing and ecosystem integrity in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. He was also appointed to a management committee to oversee the Coast Information Team, an independent science team mandated to develop the best available scientific, traditional, and local knowledge, information and analyses in support of ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest. From 1996-2003 he owned his own business that analyzed forestry, resource and economic development issues using an ecological economics approach. He also played a key role in developing standards for sustainable forestry for BC as an appointee to the Standards Team for the Forest Stewardship Council, BC Regional Initiative. From 1991-1994 he was the Environmental Advisor and Assistant to the Chief Negotiator for Innu Nation in Labrador.
Tom was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and has participated in the activities of both the European Society for Ecological Economics and the International Society of Ecological Economics.
You can reach Tom at viableeconomics [at] yahoo [dot] com.