Dr. Eric J. Kemp-Benedict

Dr. Eric J. Kemp-Benedict


With a PhD in theoretical physics from Boston University, my research focuses on the macroeconomics of a sustainability transition. Working within post-Keynesian, structuralist and classical traditions, but viewing the economy through an ecological economics lens, I address questions around long-run growth, decoupling, structural change, and economic development. In addition to my work in ecological economics, I have contributed to studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels and have actively developed and applied tools and methods for participatory and study-specific sustainability analyses. I am a key contributor to the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), part of the global climate scenario framework that underpins a wide range of climate studies. Until the end of 2023, I worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), where I directed SEI’s Asia Center from 2013 until 2016, and the SEI US Center’s Equitable Transitions Program from 2018 to 2023, as well as serving in diverse leadership roles.


  • Programme Lead, Ecological Economics MSc

Research interests

My primary research interests are in macroeconomics of a sustainability transition, with a particular focus on developing countries. I developed and maintain the Adaptable Macroeconomic Extension for Sustainability analysis (AMES).

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  • PhD, Theoretical Physics, Boston University
  • BSc, Physics, University of Texas
  • MAT, Physics Teaching, Tufts University

Professional memberships

  • International Society of Ecological Economics
  • European Society of Ecological Economics
  • Post-Keynesian Economics Society

Student education

I am Programme Leader for the School of Earth and Environment’s Ecological Economics Master’s programme.

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