Ken Cousins

Ken CousinsEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1992
B.A., University of Washington, 1998
M.A., University of Maryland, 2001
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2006


About Ken Cousins

Biographical Note

I have been active in the sustainability movement for over twenty years, and have worked with the Forest Stewardship Council, Green Festival, Sustainable Cascadia, Sustainable Seattle, Eat Local Now! and Seattle Innovators, as well as Seattle-area SCALLOPS affiliates, Transition Network groups, and others. My professional training includes a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics and an M.A. in Political Economy (with research in Ecological Economics) from the University of Maryland, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Ecological Agriculture from The Evergreen State College. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1993-95.

Ken Cousin's book cover

Publication Types


Latest Publication Title

From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security: Exploring New Limits to Growth (co-edited with Dennis Pirages), MIT Press, 2005

Publication Excerpt

From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security revisits the findings of The Global 2000 Report to the President—commissioned by President Jimmy Carter and released in 1980—and presents an up-to-date overview, informed by the earlier projections, of such critical topics as population, water, food, energy, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity. It examines current environmental trends in order to consider the state of the global environment over the next thirty years and discusses what can be done now to achieve ecological security.

The contributors to From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security find that the world population will likely continue to level off, but the population decline in many industrialized countries will create new socioeconomic and political problems—including the "reverse demographic shock" of disproportionately large aging populations. Although world food production is likely to increase at a rate that keeps up with population growth, greater demand in China as well as distributional issues will keep significant numbers of people malnourished. In addition to these continuing scarcity issues, ecological insecurity may increase because of new threats that include global warming, loss of biodiversity, bioinvasion, and the rapid worldwide spread of new diseases. Assessing Limits to Growth not only analyzes the nature of these impending problems but also suggests ways to solve them.

About the Editors

Dennis Pirages is Dean's Professor of Government and PSC Graduate Coordinator. He is the author or editor of many books on political and environmental issues and contributed to The Global 2000 Report to the President. Ken Cousins is currently Research Scientist with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

I've always told people that Evergreen is like grad school for undergraduates - it's not for everyone, but if you have a good sense of self, and the drive to discover things for yourself, it is a fantastic opportunity.