Monthly Archives: January 2014

Professor James Boyce’s book ‘Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth’ Named named Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

James Boyce

James Boyce

Congratulations are due to Professor Boyce who’s book Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 by Choice Magazine. Choice is widely read by academic librarians in the US.

The book is a collection of essays that combine modern political economy with environmental economics. The essays in the volume cover topics from housing and credit markets to agriculture and globalization. The core of Boyce’s argument revolves around the idea that a clean and safe environment is not a commodity to be allocated on the basis of purchasing power, nor a privilege to be allocated through political power, but rather a basic human right. Building upon this premise, James K. Boyce explores the many ways in which economics can be refashioned into an instrument for advancing human well-being and environmental health.

Léonce Ndikumana is named a UMass Spotlight Scholar

Professor Ndikumana received the honor as a result of his long standing commitment to developing policy grounded in rigorous and high quality research. His recent work has dealt with the role of financial systems in promoting development bank accounts and loans.

In addition to teaching and researching at the University of Massachusetts Professor Ndikumana has been an active contributor to the Political Economy Research Institute’s African Development Policy program.

Beyond PERI and his other research Professor Ndikumana has published a book, Africa’s Odious Debts: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent with co-author Jim Boyce which addresses the problem of capital flight in Africa.