Joshua Farley is a renowned ecological economist working to integrate social, human, and natural capital into the way the world views economics. He is a Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and a Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics faculty at the University of Vermont. With economist Herman Daly, Farley co-authored the foundational textbook Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications (2003); he also co-authored Restoring Natural Capital: Financing and Valuation.

Though formally trained in neoclassical economics, Farley is an ecological economist, an approach to economics far more complementary to his background in biology and international development, and his extensive experience working, studying,and traveling in less developed countries. Awards received during graduate school include the A.D. White Fellowship, S.S.R.C. International Pre-dissertation Fellowship, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship and the Dean's Fellowship at Columbia.

While finishing his Ph.D., Farley spent several years teaching ecological economics at the School for Field Studies Centre for Rainforest Studies (CRS) in Far North Queensland Australia, first as resident faculty and later as program director. While there, he engaged in hands-on transdisciplinary fieldwork looking at environmental problems and acquired a practical education in ecology, forest management and ecological restoration. He also ran a nursery for rainforest trees and organized and directed several restoration plantings. Farley 's tenure at CRS convinced him of the effectiveness of exploring environmental problems when educating students as well as the need to conduct policy relevant research. As the executive director of the University of Maryland Institute of Ecological Economics, Farley organized and directed transdisciplinary workshop and field courses in environmental problem solving in Dominica and Brazil.

Farley’s major research interests are eclectic, including the problem of market failures and the policies required to address them, the role of the public sector in resource allocation, international development, economic globalization, envisioning a sustainable and desirable future, and system sustainability.

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