Jeffrey Wilson

Research Associate

School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

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Jeffrey Wilson is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, visiting research fellow with the China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and director of Terrametrics Research Lab, a thinktank that brings together academics and practitioners to advance low carbon pathways. Jeff has worked at the interface of economic, environmental and wellbeing research and policy for over 18 years. His research specializes in sustainability transitions, natural capital accounting, wellbeing measurement, and strategy and policy development to advance low carbon pathways. He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, grey literature, and several book chapters. Early in Jeff’s research career, he was involved with the development of the Nova Scotia Genuine Progress Index, Alberta Genuine Progress Indicator, and Canadian Index of Wellbeing. He has been thinking about beyond GDP measurement ever since. See for more information on Jeff’s involvement in beyond GDP research.

Selected Publications

Hayden, A., Wilson, J., 2018. Taking the first steps beyond GDP: Maryland’s experience in measuring “genuine progress”. Sustainability. 10(2), 462; doi:10.3390/su10020462.

Hayden A., Wilson J., 2018. Challenging the Dominant Economic Narrative Through Alternative Wellbeing Indicators: The Canadian Experience. In: Bache I., Scott K. (eds) The Politics of Wellbeing. Wellbeing in Politics and Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Hayden A, Wilson J., 2016. Is It What You Measure That Really Matters? Alternative Economic and Well-Being Indicators in Canada. Sustainability. 8, 623-641.

Wilson, J., Tyedmers, P., Spinney, J., 2013. An exploration of the relationship between socio-economic and well-being variables and household greenhouse gas emissions.Journal of Industrial Ecology. 17, 880-891.