Developing the Ecological Footprint Research Initiative
Martin Bunch and Peter Victor
Start Date: February 1, 2018
Theme: Resource Management
The primary outcomes of this research will be a strategy for employing ecological footprint, alongside other tools and theories for change (such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority’s Report Card, and individual behavioural change theories from environmental psychology); initial formulation of an academic and expert network around the ecological footprint; a long-term research strategy for research on the ecological footprint; research proposals based on this strategy. The research has the potential to make a significant contribution to the development and implementation of resource allocation, protection, and measurement policies in Canada, and around the world. The project is being designed with significant inputs from Global Footprint Network and leading scholars in ecological economics to ensure the societal importance of the outcomes remains a priority of the objective. Given the success of the Ecological Footprint narrative on an international scale, the research results of this project will reach a broad, diverse, and extensive audience providing new ways to improve individual behaviour for environmental sustainability.