Meet Neva Goodwin, Ph.D.

Neva, Goodwin, Ph.D., Co-Director, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University.
Neva Goodwin is active in a variety of attempts to systematize and institutionalize an economic theory – “contextual economics” – that will have more relevance to contemporary real-world concerns than does the dominant economic paradigm. She applies her economic expertise to developing the potential for biological systems to absorb atmospheric carbon and store it safely in plants and soil. Her approach emphasizes broad community participation that will improve social and economic systems.

On June 18, 2022, Dr. Goodwin appeared with co-author June Sekera on Science for the Public’s Contemporary Science Issues & Innovations program to discuss Hard Facts about Carbon Capture and Storage. The discussion was based on their 2021 article Why the Oil Industry’s Pivot to Carbon Capture and Storage –While It Keeps On Drilling – Isn’t a Climate Change Solution. This article provides excellent information about how the fossil fuel industry has delayed action on climate change.

In the 05/18/21 interview, Goodwin and Sekera explained the fossil fuel industry’s promotion –and the federal investment– in a problematic “solution” to the atmospheric CO2 crisis: Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). They described how CCS projects have failed to scale up and have failed to capture significant CO2 , and how CCS projects damage the environment –all at taxpayer expense. They discussed the real solution: biological sequestration, which can be deployed immediately at much less expense and is environmentally -and socially-- very beneficial.

Dr. Goodwin has edited more than a dozen books, and is the lead author of four introductory textbooks.