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Peter A. Victor

Environmental Studies

Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Lumbers Building, 319
115 Ottawa Road
E-mail: pvictor@yorku.ca
Tel: 416-736-2100 x22614 (voicemail)

Biography
Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 30 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. He was the first economist to apply the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy and was one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics. His current research includes a systems analysis of the Canadian economy exploring the interplay of growth, employment, poverty and the environment.

Peter’s areas of academic interest include ecological economics, sustainability, environmental policy and other public policies. He has supervised graduate work on pollution control, resource management, and energy policy. He participated in the recent study for the Ontario Medical Association on the economic costs of smog and he is currently working on an assignment for the Ontario Power Generation Corporation to train senior executives on how to take economic and environmental factors into account in decision making.

Research Interests
Ecological economics; Environmental policy

Publications
G. Rosenbluth and P. Victor, “The Canadian Economy with Full Employment, No Growth, No Poverty, and No Government Deficit: A Keynesian Exercise”, International Journal for Environment, Workplace and Employment, Vol.1, No.1, pp. 107–119, 2002.

P. Victor (with J.E. Hanna and A. Kubursi) “How strong is weak sustainability?” In S. Faucheux, M. O'Connor and J. van der Straaten (eds.), Sustainable Development: Concepts, Rationalities and Strategies. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 195–210, 1998.

“E.F. Schumacher.” In R. Paehlke (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1995.

“E.J. Mishan.” In R. Paehlke (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1995.

“Tradeable Emission Permits.” In R. Paehlke (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1995.

“W. Stanley Jevons.” In R. Paehlke (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1995.

“Indicators of sustainable development: some lessons from capital theory,” Journal of Ecological Economics, Vol. 4, pp. 191–214, 1991.

Board and Committee Memberships

* the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science
* the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy
* the Seeds Foundation
* the Federal Commission for Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Committee
* the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Anti Smog Aaction Plan
* the Environmental Program of the Laidlaw Foundation
* the Environment Canada's Advisory Committee on Research and Development
* the ITER Environmental Committee
* the Ministry of Natural Resources Committee of Deans
* the Sustainability Enterprise Academy
* the Haub Program in Business and Sustainability
* the Executive of the Pilot Emissions Reduction Trading Project.

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