Mike Thompson is Anthropologist in the Risk and Resilience Program at IIASA.  He has worked on projects ranging from Himalayan deforestation and sustainable development, household product development (in Unilever), global climate change, and technology and development.  His recent focus is on application of Cultural Theory, what might be called “the even newer Institutionalism”.  In addition to his appointment as Senior Research Scholar at IIASA, Dr. Thompson is a Fellow at the James Marin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford and a Senior Researcher at the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Research, University of Bergen, Norway.

Brian Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA). He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability.  Prof. Fath is a Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program at IIASA where he works in area of environmental systems modeling, specifically in the area of integrated modeling (ecological-economic networks); since 2011 he is co-scientific coordinator for the YSSP Program.  He has published over 150 research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored the books Flourising Within the Limitst to Growth (2015), A New Ecology: Systems Perspective (2007) and Ecological Modelling (4th ed. 2011). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; President of the North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modelling; and Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.