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David Ervin

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I am a Professor of Economics and Environmental Management and a Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. I teach courses in the economics of sustainability, business environmental management and environmental economics. Prior to my Portland State position, I held faculty appointments at Oregon State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and research positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, and the Office of Technology Assessment in the U.S. Congress.

My research areas include ecosystem services management, university-industry research relationships, business environmental management, and risk management of transgenic crops. Sample journal articles include
“Are Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture Compatible? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, “Research Choice and Finance in University Bioscience,” Southern Economic Journal, “Motivations for Voluntary Environmental Management” in the Policy Studies Journal, “Towards an Ecological Systems Approach in Public Research for Environmental Regulation of Transgenic Crops” in Agriculture, Ecosystems and the Environment, and “Precaution as an Approach to Technology Development: The case of transgenic crops” in Science, Technology and Human Values. during 2008-2010, I chaired a National Research Council Committee on the “Impact of Biotechnology on Farm Sustainability in the U.S.”.

I have been a visiting scholar in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge University in 1986-87 and in 2008. I have consulted with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and presented to local, national and international audiences on my research projects..