Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Max-Neef

Professor of Ecological Economics, Universidad Austral de Chile, Pioneer of “Barefoot Economics” and “Human Scale Development”.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Max-Neef is a Chilean-German economist who focuses on development alternatives. After teaching economics in Berkeley in the early 1960s, he served as a visiting Professor at several US and Latin American Universities. He worked on development projects in Latin America for the Pan American Union, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Organization. In 1981 he wrote the book: “From the Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics”, published by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Sweden , for which he is widely known. The book elaborates on practicing “economics as if people matter”. In 1991 he published “Human Scale Development” whose theory of Fundamental Human Needs satisfaction as the purpose of Development is internationally recognized. He was Rector of the Universidad Astral de Chile in Valdivia and is now Professor of Ecological Economics and lectures globally. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1983 and has received seven honorary Doctorates from Japan, Jordan, the United States, Colombia (2) and Argentina (2).

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