Professor of Economics
- Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley
- M.A., Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley
- B.A., Experimental Psychology, Cornell University
Faye Duchin’s research is concerned with ways of achieving economic development while avoiding environmental disasters. She makes use of mathematical models of individual economies and the world economy to analyze alternative scenarios about the future. She is active in the integration of input-output economics with industrial ecology, rooted in engineering, and with social science approaches to sustainable consumption. Her most recent research has focused on the future demand for land and fresh water, particularly for the production of food.
“Based on the results of my empirical studies, I became convinced of the need for changes not only in technologies but also in household lifestyles, in particular household decisions regarding diet, housing and transportation,” Duchin said. “The plausibility and implications of such scenarios need to be explored in a global framework, and I have developed a new model of the world economy for this purpose.”
Duchin believes that a sustainable development research agenda requires cross-disciplinary collaborations that engage not only the policy community and corporate decision-makers, but mainly civil society. In addition to her research, which involves collaborations with colleagues in several countries, she is involved in building scholarly networks through leadership roles in several international professional societies and scholarly journals.
Among her other professional activities, she has served as president of the International Input-Output Association and on the Science Advisory Boards of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany, and the Institute for the Human Sciences at the University of Lyon, France. She was a founding managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics and on the founding editorial boards of Economic Systems Research, the Journal of Industrial Ecology and the Journal of Economic Structures.
Some of her recent published works include “Do Water-Rich Regions have a Comparative Advantage in Food Production?: Improving the Representation of Water for Agriculture in Economic Models,” and“Policies and Technologies for a Sustainable Use of Water in Mexico: A Scenario Analysis,” both in Economic Systems Research (co-authored with C. Lopez-Morales), and "Embodied Resource Flows in the Global Economy," Journal of Industrial Ecology, and “The Rectangular Sector-by-Technology Model: Not Every Economy Produces Every Product and Some Products May Rely on Several Technologies Simultaneously,” Journal of Economic Structures, both co-authored with S. Levine.
She has been honored as a Fellow of the International Input-Output Association, Boutros Boutros-Ghali Scholar for Europe/North America for contributions in the area of global economic development and the environment, Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo, and AT&T Fellow in Industrial Ecology.