State of the World 2008: Authors

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State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy

January 2008
ISBN 13: 978-0-393-33031-1
288 pages


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Christopher Flavin, President of the Worldwatch Institute, is an energy and climate policy expert and has participated in several historic international conferences, including the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and the Climate Change Conference in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. More recently, Mr. Flavin delivered a plenary speech to 5,000 delegates at the 18th World Petroleum Congress in Johannesburg and brought together technology, policy, and business leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss strategies for ramping up the use of clean energy technologies. He also spoke alongside German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer at the launch of State of the World 2005 in Berlin on the vital role of sustainable development in achieving global security. His work has been featured in various Worldwatch publications as well as The New York Times, Technology Review, The Harvard International Review, and TIME magazine.

Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher and State of the World 2008 Project Co-director, joined Worldwatch in 1994. He has authored multiple chapters in the Institute’s State of the World and Vital Signs annuals and wrote the 2006 book Inspiring Progress: Religions’ Contributions to Sustainable Development. His research has spanned a broad range of topics, from cropland loss and global malnutrition to materials use and the role of religion in advancing sustainable development. Currently, his writing focuses on building a sustainable global economy. Mr. Gardner is currently working toward an MBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco.

Tom Prugh, Co-director of State of the World 2008, is the editor of Worldwatch’s bimonthly magazine World Watch. Before joining the Institute in 2002, he served as an editor and task manager at the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. His work has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including Monthly Energy Review, The Environmental Almanac, Yes!, and the Los Angeles Times, and he is the lead author of two books: The Local Politics of Global Sustainability and Natural Capital and Human Economic Survival.

Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Senior Fellow, has studied and written extensively about sustainable agriculture, meat production, and gender and population issues. Her research has taken her to Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and her work has been published in World Watch magazine and in Worldwatch’s State of the World and Vital Signs reports. Currently, Ms. Nierenberg is the Animal Agriculture and Climate Change Specialist at The Humane Society of the United States. She holds an M.S. in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Monmouth College.

Zoƫ Chafe, Research Associate at Worldwatch, has contributed to a wide variety of Institute publications. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, where she focused on consumer demand for responsible tourism. She served as an intern with the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, India, and did field research for the U.S. Forest Service as well as the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Ms. Chafe holds a B.A. in Human Biology, with a concentration in environmental policy, from Stanford University.

Hilary French, Senior Advisor for Programs at Worldwatch, also serves as a Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms. French has held several positions since joining Worldwatch in 1987, including directing the Institute’s Globalization and Governance Project and serving as Vice President for Research. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College and from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is the author of several Worldwatch publications, including the book Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization.

Erik Assadourian, Research Associate at Worldwatch, earned a B.A. in Psychology and Religion modified with Anthropology from Dartmouth College. He transitioned to work in the field of sustainable development after conducting psychological research in India, development work in the Dominican Republic, and research on advertising. Mr. Assadourian has contributed to several Worldwatch State of the World reports and served as project director for the two most recent editions of Vital Signs.

Dr. John Talberth is Director of the Sustainability Indicators Program at Redefining Progress.

L. Hunter Lovins is president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and a professor of business at the Presidio School of Management.

Dr. Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ger Bergkamp is head of the Water Programme at IUCN–The World Conservation Union.

Claudia W. Sadoff is Economic Adviser at IUCN and Principal Economist at the International Water Management Institute.

Ricardo Bayon is Director of Ecosystem Marketplace, a leading source of information on market and payment schemes for ecosystem services.

Jonathan Rowe is a fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute and is founding codirector of West Marin Commons.

Jason Calder is Director of the Engaging Citizens and Communities in Peacebuilding Project at Future Generations.

Bill Baue writes on socially responsibility investing for and on corporate social responsibility for He co-hosts and co-produces the nationally syndicated Corporate Watchdog Radio show and podcast and teaches at the Marlboro Sustainability MBA program in Vermont.

Mark Halle is Director, Trade and Investment, at the Geneva Office of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.