About Bill

There are obviously two educations.
One should teach us how to make a living
and the other how to live.
– James T. Adams, To Be or To Do, Forum, 1929.

Bill lynnBill is a research scientist in the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, Senior Fellow for Ethics and Public Policy in the Center for Urban Resiliance at Loyola Marymount University, and former Director of the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program at Tufts University.

The focus of Bill’s scholarship is sustainability ethics, an interdisciplinary subject examining how and why we ought to care for nature and society. Schooled in ethics, geography, and political theory, Bill’s work engages civil society and decision-makers in building a truly sustainable world. Because such a world must emphasize both justice and biophilia, it requires an ecological politics that is ethically as well as scientifically sound. To this end, Bill explores the moral norms that shape public policy, and the impact these have on the well being of people, animals, and nature.

He has worked on a wide range of local and global topics including wolf recovery, outdoor cats and biodiversity, barred and northern spotted owls, the Canadian seal hunt, the Earth Charter, global sustainability, rewilding, sustainability science, and urban ecology.

As a professor at Green Mountain College, Tufts University and Williams College he has taught courses in animal studies, environmental studies, ethics, human geography, qualitative research, and public policy.

He is a founding editor of the international journal Ethics, Policy and Environment (formerly Ethics, Place and Environment), former chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and an International Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.

A former research scholar at ethics and policy think-tanks, Bill is also a consultant and keynote speaker. To help citizens and organizations expand their toolbox for policy-making, he provides ethics advising and training, expert opinions, research briefs, meeting design and facilitation, and ethical visioning, messaging and marketing. His keynotes are adapted to the unique needs of agencies, corporations, foundations, and non-profit organizations, helping them understand the ethical aspects of their mission, programs and activities.

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