Councillor Biographies

Manfred Max-NeefProf. Manfred Max-Neef, Pioneer of 'Barefoot Economics'

Professor Manfred Max-Neef is a Chilean economist who focuses on ‘development alternatives’. After teaching economics at Berkeley in the early 1960s, he served as a visiting Professor at a number of US and Latin American universities. He has worked on development projects in Latin America for the Pan-American Union, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Organisation. In 1981 he wrote the book ‘From the Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics’, published by the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Sweden, for which he is best known. The book elaborates on practicing ‘economics as if people matter’. In 1991 he published ‘Human Scale Development’. He was Rector of the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia and currently teaches and lectures globally. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1983 and has received honorary degrees from Japan, Jordan and Colombia.

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