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Jon Erickson is the Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. He has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics. His books include The Progress Illusion: Reclaiming Our Future from the Fairytale of Economics (2022), Sustainable Wellbeing Futures (2020), The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005).
Jon is also an Emmy award-winning producer of films, including the four-part PBS series Bloom on sources and solutions to nutrient pollution in Lake Champlain, and Waking the Sleeping Giant, a feature-length documentary on the intersection of 2016 U.S. presidential race and the progressive movement. He was Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School (2012-2014), Managing Director of UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics (2009-2012), past President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, past editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, and has served on the board or advisory committee of numerous nongovernmental organizations. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland and has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania; Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra; and was on the economics faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before joining the University of Vermont in 2002. Jon completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in Natural Resource Economics in 1997.