Professor Peter Victor, former dean of York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, has done it again. With a plethora of academic awards and recognition for his work and leadership in the field of environmental studies, he can now add Club of Rome, full member, to the list.
Founded in 1968, the Club of Rome is an informal international think-tank that connects “leading personalities from politics” in an interdisciplinary forum of discussion and action. Members share a common concern for the future of humanity and the environment. Their aim is to identify the most crucial and contemporary issues pertaining to the future, evaluate potential scenarios, propose practical solutions, and entice public interest and debate in them.
“I am very honoured to join the Club of Rome and to be able to work with leaders from around the world on charting a better future,” said Victor.
Member names are usually put forth by another member and then decided upon by the club’s executive committee. Most members have done research in demographics, economic growth and environmental sustainability. The number of full members is capped at 100. Currently, they represent more than 30 countries.
With a long list of achievements, including the publication of the renowned 1972 book Limits to Growth, members of the Club of Rome have much to be proud of. For recent inductee Victor, that pride is felt by an entire Faculty – York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.
Victor’s current research is focused on alternatives to economic growth following from his 2008 book Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, not Disaster. He is the editor of the recently published volume The Costs of Economic Growth, and has published several academic papers on economic growth.
He also serves on many boards, including the Greenbelt Council of Ontario, which he chairs, and the David Suzuki Foundation.