Stuart Cowan, Ph.D., Chief Scientist

Stuart co-founded Autopoiesis LLC, which offers ecological design, integrated modeling, feasibility analysis and sustainable finance services for large-scale green development projects. Autopoiesis LLC is one of six organizations leading the international Economics of Change initiative to transform real estate investment models to include a comprehensive range of ecological and social value layers. Stuart served as a Transaction Manager and founding team member with Portland Family of Funds, an innovative sustainable community investment fund.

He served as Conservation Economy Research Director at Ecotrust, where he led the development of the Reliable Prosperity framework for bioregional planning. He is a Faculty member at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in the Sustainable MBA program, and received his doctorate in complex systems from U.C. Berkeley with a focus on ecological economics.