William E. Rees
William Rees "received his PhD in population ecology from the University of Toronto and has taught at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) since 1969-70. He founded SCARP’s ‘Environment and Resource Planning’ concentration and from 1994 to 1999 served as director of the School. Prof Rees’ teaching and research focus on the public policy and planning implications of global environmental trends and the necessary ecological conditions for sustainable socioeconomic development. Much of this work is in the realm of human ecology and ecological economics where Prof Rees is best known as the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis.’ Dr Rees’ book on this method, Our Ecological Footprint (1996, co-authored with then PhD student Mathis Wackernagel) is now available in English, Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian and Spanish. He is presently supervising several eco-footprint projects ranging from the sustainability implications of globalization to getting serious about urban sustainability. Prof Rees is also a founding member and recent past-President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; a co-investigator in the ‘Global Integrity Project,’ aimed at defining the ecological and political requirements for biodiversity preservation; a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute and a Founding Fellow of the One Earth Initiative. Drawing parts of his answer from various disciplines, Prof Rees’ current book project asks: “Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable?” A dynamic speaker, Prof Rees has been invited to lecture on areas of his expertise across Canada and the US, as well as in Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, the former Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the UK. In 1997, UBC awarded William Rees a Senior Killam Research Prize in acknowledgment of his research achievements and in 2000 The Vancouver Sun recognized him as one of British Columbia’s top “public intellectuals.” In 2006 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada." 
- Advisory Board, Carrying Capacity Network
- Member, National Accounts Advisory Committee, Global Footprint Network (2004-
- Member, Advisory Committee on the Environmental Impacts of Trade, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, NAFTA (2003-2005)
- Advisor, Global Vision Project 
- Editorial Board, Solutions Journal 
- Expert Advisory Group, Population Matters 
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- William Rees, University of British Columbia, accessed September 14, 2008.
- Global Vision About, organizational web page, accessed April 1, 2012.
- Solutions Journal Editorial Board, organizational web page, accessed June 18, 2013.
- Population Mattters Expert Advisory Council, organizational web page, accessed May 13, 2020.