School of Earth and Environment

Daniel O'Neill Dr Daniel O'Neill

Lecturer in Environmental and Ecological Economics

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31631
Email address: d.oneill@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 10.119
Twitter: @DrDanONeill

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Environmental and Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds, and the current leader of the Economics and Policy for Sustainability Research Group. My research focuses on the changes that would be needed to achieve a sustainable economy within planetary boundaries, and the relationships between resource use and human well-being.

One of the ideas that I have explored in depth is the concept of a "steady-state economy". Simply put, this is an economy where resource use and waste emissions are stabilised, and kept within ecological limits. Stabilising resource use may have important consequences for national economies, and I investigate how to manage these in my work.

I am co-author (with Rob Dietz) of the book Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, which has been made into a short film. In my recent research, I've developed a system of national indicators to measure how close countries are to a steady-state economy, and what proximity to such an economy means for their social performance.

View my recent talk on the Economics of Enough at the 2014 TEDx Oxbridge Conference:

Memberships/Fellowships

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics of sustainability
  • Environmental, social, and economic indicators
  • Relationships between resource use and human well-being
  • Green growth, steady-state economics, and degrowth
  • Monetary and employment policy

Teaching Interests

I am the Programme Manager for our new MSc Ecological Economics degree. The modules that I teach on include:

  • SOEE 2610: Economics and Sustainability
  • SOEE 5094: Introduction to Ecological Economics
  • SOEE 5095: Environmental Economics and Policy
  • SOEE 5582: Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics

My office hours are Tuesday 15:00-16:00 (other times by appointment).

Publications

Books

Book Chapters

  • Kerschner, C., and O'Neill, D.W. (2015). Economic Growth and Sustainability, in Kopnina, H., and Shoreman-Ouimet, E. (Eds.) Sustainability: Key Issues, Routledge, London, pp. 243-276.
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2014). Gross Domestic Product, in G. D'Alisa, et al. (Eds.) Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era, Routledge, London, pp. 103-106.

Journal Articles

  • Fanning, A.L., and O'Neill, D.W. (2016). Tracking resource use relative to planetary boundaries in a steady-state framework: A case study of Canada and Spain. Ecological Indicators 69, 836-849. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.04.034 New!
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2015). The proximity of nations to a socially sustainable steady-state economy. Journal of Cleaner Production 108, 1213-1231. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.07.116 Open Access!
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2015). What should be held steady in a steady-state economy? Interpreting Daly's definition at the national level. Journal of Industrial Ecology 19 (4), 552-563. doi: 10.1111/jiec.12224
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2012). Measuring progress in the degrowth transition to a steady state economy. Ecological Economics 84, 221-231. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.05.020
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2010). Economic growth: enough is enough. Nature 468 (7326), 897. doi: 10.1038/468897b
  • O'Neill, D.W., and Abson, D.J. (2009). To settle of protect? A global analysis of net primary production in parks and urban areas. Ecological Economics 69, 319-327. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.08.028
  • O'Neill, D.W., Tyedmers, P.H., and Beazley, K.F. (2007). Human appropriation of net primary production (HANPP) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Regional Environmental Change 7, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s10113-006-0021-1

Reports and Conference Papers

  • O'Neill, D.W. (2013). How close are countries to a socially sustainable steady-state economy? Results from the Degrowth Accounts. 10th Biennal Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, Lille, France, June 18-21.
  • O'Neill, D.W., Dietz, R., and Jones, N. (Eds.), 2010. Enough Is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. The Report of the Steady State Economy Conference. CASSE and Economic Justice for All, Leeds, UK.
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2010). Measuring progress: indicators for degrowth. Second Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity. Barcelona, Spain, March 26-29.
  • Bowen, A., Forster, P.M., Gouldson, A., Hubacek, K., Martin, R., O'Neill, D.W., Rap, A., and Rydge, J. (2009). The Implications of the Economic Slowdown for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Targets. Working Paper 11, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP), University of Leeds, UK.
  • O'Neill, D.W. (2008). Steady state economies and recession: the same or different? Preliminary results of an empirical analysis. Pages 116-122 in Proceedings of the Green Economics Conference 2008. Green Economics Institute, Oxford, UK.

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