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Royal Society honours SFU economists

September 10, 2009

SFU economists Mark Jaccard (above) and Arthur Robson have been made fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, one of Canada’s highest academic honours.

Jaccard, a professor at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, is a leading Canadian authority on climate change and a lead author of the Global Energy Assessment (due in 2010), a major international initiative seeking to redefine the global energy-policy agenda. He is also is a member of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and a special advisor to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Robson holds SFU’s Canada Research Chair in economic theory and evolution. His research, which bridges biology, anthropology and economics, has led to new insights that are transforming the way scientists look at human economic behaviour.

Robson is also one of only a few Canadian fellows of the international Econometric Society. In 2000, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him a Killam Research Fellowship, and early in his career he received a Fulbright fellowship. Robson’s current research is focused on how evolution has shaped the links between longevity, intelligence and aging.