Peter Victor

Professor of Environmental Studies
York University

Dr. Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. By extending input-output analysis, he was the first economist to apply the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy. His most recent book is Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster. (Edward Elgar, 2008)

Dr. Victor is a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University and from 1996 to 2001 was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies. This followed several years as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Sciences and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Prior to that Dr. Victor was a principal of VHB Consulting and Victor and Burrell Research and Consulting. 

From 2000 to 2004 Dr. Victor was President of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, Canada’s oldest science organization, and from 2004-2006 he was Chair of Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Advisory Board.  Dr. Victor was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics. Currently he is Chair of Ontario’s Greenbelt Council, and a member of the boards of the David Suzuki Foundation, the New Economics Institute, and the Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy. He is also a member several advisory committees in the public and private sectors.

In 2011 Dr. Victor was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize in the Social Sciences.

 

My Video Content

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For the most part, economic policy makers continue to make the case that achieving growth should be the over-arching objective of the global economy. In this context, environmentalism often is seen as a cost, a trade-off that inhibits this primary objective. 

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Discussion and Q&A at the panel entitled "Managing the Global Commons: Growth, Inequality, and New Thinking for Sustainable Economics" at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 14, 2012. #inetberlin

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Peter Victor, Professor in Environmental Studies, York University at the panel entitled "Managing the Global Commons: Growth, Inequality, and New Thinking for Sustainable Economics" at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 14, 2012. #inetberlin

My Grants

Advanced economies face an unprecedented combination of economic, financial, environmental, and social problems. Some societies may choose not to pursue economic growth as a matter of policy. Others may find themselves unable to achieve growth. In either case, it is essential to consider the implications in advance to avoid adverse outcomes. This project supports the development of a novel macroeconomic model for managing without growth. The model can be used to analyze economic and financial stability, employment, and social outcomes in the context of resource and environmental limits.