William Lynn

Research Scientist at Clark University

Bill is a research scientist in the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, a research fellow at the social science think-tank NewKnowledge, and former Director of the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program at Tufts University. The focus of Bill’s work is the ethics and politics of sustainability, with a special eye to human-animal relations. Schooled in ethics, geography, and political theory, his interdisciplinary approach examines why and how we ought to care for nature and society. Sustainability is more than preserving a global elite’s lifestyle or ensuring humanity’s mere survival in an era of rampant environmental change. It is rather about sustaining the well being of people, animals, and nature across the planet, now and into the distant future. Sustainability needs, therefore, to be both scientifically and ethically sound. Its facts and values need to be transparent and accountable to society, while its goals must serve the good of the entire community of life. With this understanding in mind, Bill explores the moral norms of ecological and social sustainability. He is particularly keen on public scholarship that brings academic insights to the wider public without unnecessary jargon or impenetrable theories. For more on Bill, visit his website at

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