Elena Bennett is Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and the McGill School of Environment at McGill University in Montreal. Previously, as a postdoctoral researcher, she coordinated the Scenarios Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and co-edited Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Scenarios for the Future of Ecosystem Services. She is the author of over forty peer-reviewed publications on ecosystem services, particularly focusing on agricultural production and its impact on water quality. Bennett holds a PhD in ecosystem science from the University of Wisconsin.
Elena Bennett and Nicolas Lucas discuss the increasing scale and rate of ecosystem change due to human impacts in the twentieth century as well as the unevenly distributed benefits and vulnerabilities from such change. They argue for the need to transcend the nation-state and the dominant economic growth paradigm in order to develop adequate policies and institutions for addressing the socio-ecological challenges of the coming decades.