Eric Kemp-Benedict is a senior scientist at the US Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute where he co-leads, with Sivan Kartha, the Equitable Transitions program. Eric directed SEI’s Asia Center from February 2013 until February 2016, and has served in various SEI global leadership roles, starting in 2011 and continuing to the present. His 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, Eric addresses questions around long-run growth, decoupling, and structural change. As a sustainability practitioner, from the time Eric joined SEI in 1997, he has contributed to studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels and has actively developed and applied tools and methods for participatory and study-specific sustainability analyses. Among his other contributions, he is a key contributor to the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), part of the global climate scenario framework that underpins a wide range of climate studies.
Macroeconomics, ecological economics, sustainability policy and planning