Global Development and Environment Institute

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Global Development And Environment Institute
GDAE (Global Development And Environment Institute) at Tufts University Logo.jpg
Typeresearch center
HeadquartersTufts University, United States
Neva Goodwin
William Moomaw

The Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE, pronounced “gee-day”) is a research center at Tufts University founded in 1993. GDAE works to promote a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. GDAE pursues its mission through original research, policy work, publication projects, curriculum development, conferences and other activities

Personnel and programs[edit]

Neva Goodwin[1] and William Moomaw are co-directors of GDAE. The Theory and Education program, headed by Jonathan Harris is developing an economic theory that aims to better serve human needs and address ecological issues. The program explores alternatives to the standard economic paradigm, using new theories and producing educational material. The Research and Policy program, led by Timothy Wise, carries out applied research on the effects of economic policies using an analytical framework that assesses the limitations of market-mechanisms for addressing social and environmental issues. Research priorities include globalization, food policy, Foreign Direct Investment, energy and climate change, recycling and materials use, and sustainable economic integration.[citation needed]


GDAE researchers emphasize ecological health and the correlation between social and economic well-being. They view economic systems in physical contexts of technology and the natural world, as well as in the social/psychological contexts of history, politics, ethics, culture, institutions, and human motivations. [2]


Between 1995 and 2001 GDAE produced the six-volume series, Frontier Issues in Economic Thought, which was published by Island Press. The articles that GDAE researchers selected and summarized for this project focus on the limitations of the mainstream economic paradigm and a wide range of creative efforts that have been and are being made to extend economic understanding.[3]

Social Science Library: Frontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-being[edit]

GDAE is in the process of distributing an electronic collection of publications for free to universities in 138 nations,[4][5] with special attention to those institutions that are most in need of library resources. The collection, or the Social Science Library (SSL), contains over 3,400 full-text journal articles, book chapters, reports, and working papers in anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, social psychology, sociology and political science.[6] It also includes full bibliographic references (including abstracts) to more than 6,000 additional articles. The SSL is being distributed to these countries with the assistance of various partner organizations.[7] For people who are not in the recipient countries, a web-based version, with the 10,000+ bibliographic entries, but without the full text PDFs, can be accessed.[8]

Leontief Prize[edit]

In 2000, GDAE established the Leontief Prize. Named in honor Wassily Leontief, Nobel laureate and member of the GDAE advisory board, the annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to economic theory that address contemporary realities and support just and sustainable societies.[9]


  1. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne. "Rockefeller family tried and failed to get ExxonMobil to accept climate change". Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ McNeil, Taylor (1 April 2009). "The Upside of the Downturn". Tufts Journal. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Frontier Issues in Economic Thought". Island Press. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Social Science Library Recipient Countries".
  5. ^ Strupp, Julie (5 September 2013). "Africa: American University Distributes Free Social Sciences Library Across Africa". All Africa. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Social Science Library Home".
  7. ^ "Social Science Library Partners".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-03-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b "Macroeconomics in the Age of Climate Change". Tufts Now. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Rodrik named Tufts economics prize recipient: Co-winner of Leontief Prize". Harvard University Gazette. 24 October 2002. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Leontief Prize awarded to trail-blazing economists". Tufts Daily. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  12. ^ Cohen, Georgiana (18 October 2007). "In Pursuit Of A Better Economics". Tufts E-news. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Looking for New Economic Paths". tufts Journal. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Weitzman, Stern named Leontief Prize winners". Tufts Daily. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  15. ^ Warsh, David. "Odds and Ends". Economic Principles. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Angus Deaton Wins 2014 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought". Princeton University News. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  17. ^ "WBG Chair Diane Elson awarded Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought". Women's Budget Group. Archived from the original on 16 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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