Professor Paul Ekins
Mr. Paul Ekins is founder and director of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) - an international network with groups in most G7 countries - which organizes "economic summits" at the time of the G7 summits, with a focus on strategies for human development, social justice and environmental sustainability. In 1986, Mr. Ekins set up the New Economics Foundation to undertake work on developing a "new economics".
His book A new World Order: Grassroots Movements for Global Change, now a recommended text for undergraduate development studies courses, describes within a coherent theoretical framework, a broad range of initiatives and organizations working for a people-centred development process. Other books on sustainability Wealth Beyond Measure: An Atlas of New Economics and a companion book Real Wealth are the first books on green economics geared specifically for school use.
Mr. Ekins' present research interest is the relationship between environmental sustainability, economic growth and international trade. His "Trading off the Future" has been an important input into the debate on GATT and the environment.
He is the founder and coordinator of the Living Economy Network, a loose international grouping of 2,000 academics interested in these approaches, a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.