Neva Goodwin

Neva Goodwin

Name Neva Goodwin
Country USA
Organisation Tufts University
Bio Neva Goodwin is active in a variety of attempts to synthesize and institutionalize an economic theory – “contextual economics” – that will have more relevance to real world concerns than does the dominant economic paradigm. In addition to a variety of other educational materials, freely available at, she is lead author of the introductory college-level textbook, Microeconomics in Context, whose Transitional Economies Edition was translated into Russian and Vietnamese, and was published in those countries in 2002. The U.S. version and its companion, Macroeconomics in Context, are currently published by Routledge, in languages and editions that reach well beyond the English-speaking world.

As Co-Director of the Global Development And Environment Institute, at Tufts University, Dr. Goodwin directed the creation of an electronic “Social Science Library: Frontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-Being” that was distributed to under-resourced libraries in over 100 countries. She supervised the six-volume project, Frontier Issues in Economic Thought, and edited a Michigan Press series, Evolving Values for a Capitalist World.  In other activities, she has been involved with efforts to motivate business to recognize social and ecological health as significant, long-term corporate goals. She is now increasingly turning her attention to efforts to support the repair and restoration of ecosystems in many parts of the world, both urban and rural.

Dr. Goodwin received a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (’82) and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University (’87).


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