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Peter A. Victor B.Soc.Sc., Ph.D., FRSC


Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada




Peter Victor, author of Escape from Overshoot. Economics for a Planet in Peril (2023), Herman Daly's Economics for a Full World: His Life and Ideas (2022) and Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster (2008 and 2019), is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at York University, Canada. He has worked for over 50 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment issues as an academic, consultant and public servant. His work on ecological economics has been recognized through the award of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2011, the Boulding Memorial Prize from the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2014, and his election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2015.


Peter was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics and is a past-president of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science. Prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in 1996 he was Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environmental Science and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Currently Peter is a member of the Honorary Board of the David Suzuki Foundation and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Footprint Data Foundation and has served on many advisory boards in the public and private sectors.

Peter maintains an active research program as a co-investigator in the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity

( and through the Ecological Footprint Initiative at York University. 

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