Leadership for the Ecozoic

PhD training for new era of thought leaders.

L4E cohort 1 (population cohort)

McGill University and the Gund Institute for Environment, at the University of Vermont (UVM) have partnered to launch the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) PhD program. 

The Ecozoic era, coined by Thomas Berry, is a vision for a future founded on mutually enhancing relationships between human societies and the global community of life. Leadership for the Ecozoic will chart a course for enabling this new era.

Charting a sustainable future

Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) is a global partnership – initially based at McGill University and UVM  – that develops thought leaders for a new Ecozoic era by:

  • Co-creating a global research-to-action network to heal and restore Earth’s life support systems and foster a mutually-enhancing human-Earth relationship
  • Mobilizing and focusing higher education resources and communication on multi-faceted, human-induced, planetary disturbances
  • Advancing transdisciplinary scholarship in select doctoral programs to educate and empower new leaders for the Ecozoic

The L4E cohort will focus on developing and applying systems-based approaches to ecological economics, law, ethics, and related transdisciplinary efforts to research and chart pathways to the Ecozoic.

The partnership builds on McGill’s and UVM’s strengths in Ecological Economics, and an Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) partnership, which includes about 40 graduate students, 80 collaborators, and 25 academic, government and NGO partners. For further information on L4E, read L4E’s Strategic Plan. In addition, for more information on how to apply to be part of the next PhD L4E cohort, click here.

For more information, please contact L4E’s Project Manager Dina Spigelski