Philip Lawn

Associate Professor Philip Lawn is currently a research officer with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University, a visiting lecturer in economics in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide, a research scholar at the Global Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior research fellow with the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (University of Newcastle).

Phil has for many years been one of Australia’s leading ecological economists, working to build a bridge between modern monetary theory and ecological economics. He has written a series of articles and books on the principles, indicators, and policy aspects of sustainable development – most notably Resolving the Climate Change Crisis: The Ecological Economics of Climate Change (2016).

Associate Professor Lawn is a pioneer of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), a superior indicator of social well-being to Gross Domestic Product, and in 2017 produced a report for the Government of South Australia, estimating the Genuine Progress Indicator for the state, and comparing South Australia with the rest of the country, across the range of environmental, social and economic indicators which are included in the GPI. He is currently developing a set of consistent GPI accounts for most countries in the world, to serve as a guide to policy makers internationally.