March 20, 2018:   “Food, Energy & Water Resources and Economy: Evidence for Biophysical & Social Constraints on Society”

A full-day session arranged for the 255th American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A summary of each speaker, talk title, and abstract are listed below:

  1. Carey W. King (Research Scientist and Assistant Director, Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin), “Systems Thinking Linking Energy and the Economy: Size and StructureDownload slides
  2. Julie Hoggarth (Baylor University, Department of Anthropology), “Tales from the Past: Indicators of Ancient Maya Societal Structures during the ‘Classic Maya Collapse” 
  3. Charles Hall, (retired, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY), “Biophysical Economics: History and Uses
  4. Andrew Jarvis (Lancaster Environment Center, Lancaster University, UK) , “Accretaxis: the regulation of the growth of the global economy”, 
  5. Joseph R. Burger (Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA & North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, USA), “Extra-metabolic energy use and the rise in urban hyper-density”   
  6. Garvin Boyle (Independent Researcher, Orrery, Software, Richmond, Ontario, Canada) “Distributional Social Justice: Insights From a Doubly-Bounded Capital Exchange Model
  7. Daniel Urban (PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, USA) “The Production Boundary & Empirical Constructs: The Implicit Foundations of National Accounting
  8. Nathan Schaffer (Partner, Groppe, Long, and Littell, Houston, TX) “U.S. Unconventional Resource Development – A Lesson Learned in Time


March 20, 2018: “Systems Thinking on the Modern Economy: Size and Structure

Presentation at the 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, USA (the 2018 Spring Meeting of the American Chemical Society).

March 4-9, 2018: “Macroeconomic Modeling of Energy Transitions (Accounting for Money and Energy

Presentation at the 4th Science and Energy Seminar at Ecole de Physique des Houches, March 4th-9th, 2018.

February 27, 2018: “Energy and Food Costs and the Structure of the Economy

Presentation at the London School of Economics.


January 4, 2018: “Systems Thinking Linking Energy and the Economy: Size, Growth, and Structure

Presentation at the 2018 conference of ICAPE (The International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics).


December 15, 2017:  “Energy and the Economy over the Long-Term: Size and Structure

Weekly seminar of the Bureau of Economic Geology:

Video (direct link):

Abstract: A long-term and systems-oriented perspective on the role of energy resources and technologies shows that they play a fundamental role in enabling the physical and economic growth of the Industrial era. Yet, most economic modeling approaches do not even consider that energy availability and constraints fundamentally affect the size and structure of our economies. This lack of energy-economic coupling means that most economic frameworks cannot even consider the energy system as an explanatory factor for the Great Recession and the economic “secular stagnation” since 2008. In addition, mainstream economic frameworks cannot explain future implications of large scale changes in the energy system (e.g., a low-carbon transition), even though they are used for this purpose. This presentation shows data to make the case that (1) the declining cost of energy (including food) is an apt explanation for historical growth, (2) worldwide energy and food costs reached the lowest point in history around the year 2000, and (3) the cessation of the decline in energy and food costs (within the U.S.) helps explain structural changes within the U.S. economy.


February 2017: Webinar Summary of the Energy Institute’s “Full Cost of Electricity” Study, for the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics

Webinar video:



March 6-11, 2016: Science for Energy Scenarios conference, France, March, 2016

Suppose we agree how to calculate EROIs … so/now what?, Science for Energy Scenarios, the
3rd Science and Energy Seminar at Ecole de Physique des Houches, Les Houches, France, March 6th-11th 2016. See conference link:

Video (~ 60 minutes):

Presentation (with notes): link


March 2016: Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Summary of Carbon Capture and Storage research, pilots, and economics in the United States (presentation).



Energy and its Relation to Complexity of the Economy, Granada Seminar 2015: Physics Meets the Social Sciences, La Herradura, Spain, June 15, 2015.

Energy, Economy, and Efficiency, presentation for the UT Quest (Opportunities for Learning) program, Austin, TX, April 23, 2015.

Long-term Energy and Economic Trends: Pre-Industrial to Today, presentation for the CleanTX Lunch series, Austin, TX, February 10, 2015.


Energy-Water Nexus, Texas Water Law Institute Conference, November 19-21, 2014, Austin, TX.