Eric Kemp-Benedict

University of Leeds


With a PhD in theoretical physics from Boston University, my research focuses on the macroeconomics of a sustainability transition. Working within post-Keynesian, structuralist and classical traditions, but viewing the economy through an ecological economics lens, I address questions around long-run growth, decoupling, structural change, and economic development. In addition to my work in ecological economics, I have contributed to studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels and have actively developed and applied tools and methods for participatory and study-specific sustainability analyses. I am a key contributor to the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), part of the global climate scenario framework that underpins a wide range of climate studies. Until the end of 2023, I worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), where I directed SEI’s Asia Center from 2013 until 2016, and the SEI US Center’s Equitable Transitions Program from 2018 to 2023, as well as serving in diverse leadership roles.

Research interests

Development Macroeconomic Distribution Ecological Economics Heterodox Economics Inequality Institutional Economics Kalecki Long-Term Dynamics Macroeconomics Minsky Neo-Schumpeterian Political Economy Sraffa Stock-Flow Consistent Modelling Structural Change Structuralist Theory