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State of the World 2012 (Author Biographies)

State of the World 2012 (Author Biographies)

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Published by: Worldwatch Institute on Jan 20, 2012
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State of the World 2012
Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity
Author Biographies
 Jorge Abrahão
is President of the Ethos Institute in Brazil
Erik Assadourian
is a Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute where he studiescultural change, consumerism, ecological ethics, corporate responsibility, andsustainable communities. His latest adventure is creating a climate change scenariofor the popular board game Settlers of Catan, which he hopes will allow players tograpple personally with the difficulties of climate change politics. During his timeat Worldwatch, Assadourian has also directed two editions of 
Vital Signs 
 Worldwatch’s annual analysis of sustainability trends; co
;and led a two-year research project on sustainable communities. Before joining  Worldwatch, Assadourian learned environmental organizing as a fellow with Green Corps, and worked as a Toxics and Environmental Health Field Organizer with U.S. PIRG. He graduated fromDartmouth College with majors in Psychology and Religion modified with Anthropology. Assadourian is Co-Director of 
State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity 
Monica Baraldi
is a Visiting Fellow at the Tellus Institute and Assistant Professorof Business Administration at the School of Management, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy), where she teaches the following courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Strategic Planning and Organizational Analysis. Her research interests include sustainable global economy, organizationalnetwork analysis, and corporate social responsibility. Her current work focuses ondescribing and analyzing the essential characteristics of businesses that contribute to a sustainableeconomic system. Baraldi received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pisain 2003. She has been visiting scholar at the University of California Los Angeles and BostonUniversity.
Eric Belsky
is Lecturer of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard GraduateSchool of Design, and Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studiesof Harvard University, which conducts research on th
e nation’s most critical
housing and urban issues. He has led the Housing Finance and Credit AnalysisGroup at Price Waterhouse LLP, served as Director of Housing Finance Researchat Fannie Mae, Senior Economist at the National Association of Home Builders,and Assistant Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and asResearch Director for the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission. He currently serves on theEditorial Boards of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate, the Board of Directors of Champion Enterprises, Inc., and the Research Advisory Committee of the Center forResponsible Lending. His publications include co-editing four books: Low-IncomeHomeownership: Examining the Unexamined Goal (2002), Building Assets, Building Credit:Creating Wealth in Low-Income Communities (2005), Revisiting Rental Housing (2008), and
Borrowing to Live: Consumer and Mortgage Credit Revisited (2008). He received his Ph.D. in
Geography, his master’s degree in Interna
tional Development, and his B.A. from Clark University.
Eugenie Birch
is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research andEducation at the University of Pennsylvania. Birch has been active in the field'sprofessional organizations and in academia in the United States and abroad. In2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and made a member (honorary) of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She has been a member of the Planning Accreditation Board, having served as its chair from 2004-2006. She has been President of the Association of Collegiate Schoolsof Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; and co-editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She is currently President, InternationalPlanning History Society and Associate Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She isa member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning History, and Planning Perspectives.
Robert Costanza
is currently Professor and Director of theInstitute forSustainable Solutions (ISS)at Portland State University. He is the Founding Director of the Gund Institute and the former Gund Professor of EcologicalEconomics at the University of Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont in August2002, he was director of the University of Maryland Institute for EcologicalEconomics, and a professor in the Center for Environmental Science, atSolomons, and in the Biology Department at College Park. He is co-founder andpast-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and was chief editor of the Society's journal,
Ecological Economics 
, from its inception until 2002. He currently serves on theeditorial board of eight other international academic journals. He is past president of theInternational Society for Ecosystem Health. In 1982 he was selected as a Kellogg National Fellow, in1992 he was awarded the Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Achievement Award andin 1993 he was selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. He has served onthe Scientific Steering Committee for the LOICZ and AIMES core project of the IGBP; the USEPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT); theNational Research Council Board on Sustainable Development, Committee on Global ChangeResearch; the National Research Council, Board on Global Change; the US National Committee forthe Man and the Biosphere Program, and the National Marine Fisheries Service Committee onEcosystem Principles. Costanza received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1979 in systemsecology, with a minor in economics. He also has a master's degree in Architecture and Urban andRegional Planning from the University of Florida.
Robert Engelman
is President of the Worldwatch Institute, a globally focusedenvironmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. Engelmanoriginally joined Worldwatch as Vice President for Programs and was namedPresident in 2011. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Bob was Vice President forResearch at Population Action International, a policy research and advocacy groupin Washington, and directed its program on population and the environment. Hehas written extensively on population's connections to environmental change,economic growth, and civil conflict. A former newspaper reporter specializing in science and theenvironment, Bob has served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer and wasfounding secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is the author of the 2008
.Engelman serves on the boards of the Centerfor a New American Dream, the Population Resource Center, and the Nova Institute. He holds amaster's of science degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and aBachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.
 Joseph Foti
is a Senior Associate with the Institutions and Governance Program
at World Resources Institute. He was the lead author of “
,” the second global report of 
.” He is currently leading work on WRI’s toolkit for civil society 
involvement in climate change adaptation(ARIA), is the desk officer for Latin America, and for environmental justice work in the United States. Joseph has also been the lead
contact for WRI’s cooperation on legal reform to open environmental impact assessment to the
poor in Chile and works with civil society organizations in Thailand and Indonesia to use new freedom of information laws to improve access to environmental information.
 Colin K. Hughes
is a Global Policy Analyst at the Institute for Transportationand Development Policy. Previous to joining ITDP full-time, Colin worked asconsultant with ITDP and the Global Environmental Facility to developgreenhouse gas analysis methodologies, developed sustainable urbanism projects with the Asian Development Bank, and planned bike lane networks and bike-sharing facilities in Guangzhou, China. His previous experience in urban planning and international development include working for the engineering and design firm Arup, working as a teaching assistant and researcher for UC-Berkeley, Researching for San Francisco Bay AreaRapid Transit, and working with the U.S. Department of State. Hughes is originally from Plymouth,
 Wisconsin and holds a bachelor’s de
gree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Mastersof City Planning from the University of California-Berkeley. Before his work in the field of urbanplanning he lived and worked as a bicycle tour leader in over a dozen countries.
Paulo Itacarambi
is Vice President of the Ethos Institute in Brazil.
Maria Ivanova
is Assistant Professor of Global Governance at theMcCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studiesat theUniversity of MassachusettsBoston.She is the designer of the global environmental policy track in the
university’s proposed PhD program in Global Governance and Human Security.
She directs the Global Environmental Governance Project, which she launched at
 Yale University in 1997. In 2009, Ivanova convened the “
” gathering eighty environ
mentalleaders from four generations, including all five successive Executive Directors of the UnitedNations Environment Programme. She publishes on governance, globalization, and environmentand produces short documentaries on global environmental governance (see www.environmentalgovernance.org). A Bulgarian national, Ivanova holds a Ph. D. (with distinction)
and two master’s degrees (in International Relations and Environmental Management) from Yale
niversity and a bachelor’s degree ( 
summa cum laude 
 ) from Mount Holyoke College. She serves onthe board of the Ecologic Institute, a think tank with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, and Washington, D.C., and of theInstitute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at the University of Vermont. She has worked at the OECD in Paris, at the Swedish Environmental Protection

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