Associate Teaching Professor of Economics
Madhavi Venkatesan is a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Northeastern University, a faculty affiliate of the Vermont Law and Graduate School, the founder and executive director of the Cape Cod-based non-profit Sustainable Practices, and the editor-in-chief of the journal Sustainability and Climate Change. A routine contributor to the discourse on sustainability, having written articles, chapters, and books, as well as being an internationally invited public speaker on the relationship between economics and sustainability, she is actively engaged in operationalizing sustainability to promote a future aligned to the well-being of all the Earth’s inhabitants.
Madhavi received her BA, MA, and PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University, was a Mellon post-doctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and has a master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Prior to re-entering academics in 2014, she was in the financial services industry. From 2006 to 2011 she represented three Fortune 250 U.S. domiciled insurers in the capacity of an investor relations officer. Her position directly reported to the Chief Financial Officer, with a dotted line to the Chief Executive Officer. Madhavi was responsible for the earnings release, annual investor day, annual report, and financial communications with the investor public, primarily institutions and equity analysts. She represented Unum, ALICO (an AIG subsidiary), and the Hartford Financial Services Group during their respective crises and was actively recruited in each representation change. From 2012 to 2014, she recuperated in her home on Cape Cod following the unexpected and traumatic loss of her father.
Prior to being an investor relations officer, Madhavi was a market strategist for Edward Jones at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.
Madhavi has received recognition across her career from an invitation to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship, to a citation from the governor of Massachusetts for the efforts of the nonprofit she founded.
Editor-in-Chief, Sustainability and Climate Change
Associate Editor, Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
ECON 3916: Economics of Race
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Venkatesan, M. (forthcoming 2021). Sustainable Practices: A Case Study of a grassroots movement. In Aleksandra Machnik, Alexandra Zbuchea, Anna Królikowska-Tomczak, Walter Leal Filho (Eds.) Handbook Sustainable Consumption and Quality of Life: Towards integrating consumer policy strategies for improved life quality. Berlin: Springer.
Venkatesan, M. (forthcoming 2021). Social and Sustainability Marketing and the Sharing economy in the Coffee Shop Culture. In Bhattacharyya, J., Dash, M.K, Hewege, C., Balaji, M.S, & Lim, W. M. (Eds.), Social and Sustainability Marketing: A Casebook for Reaching Your Socially Responsible Consumers through Marketing Science (1st ed.). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
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