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Professor Emeritus, University of Bergen, Norway



  • system dynamics modeling of economic systems

  • policy design that takes implementation seriously

  • helping others build useful models


  • Doctor of Philosophy in System Dynamics, University of Bergen, 2007

  • Master in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1972

  • Bachelor of Arts in Government and Mathematics, Texas Tech University, 1970

Academic Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus, Social Sciences Faculty, University of Bergen, Norway

  • Professor, Financial Economics Faculty, ISM University of Management & Economics, Lithuania

  • Professor, Economic Sciences Faculty, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

  • Professor of Economics, Virginia Western Community College, United States


Other Positions

  • President, Praktika (2018 - present)

  • President, Wheat Resources (1981-2017)

  • President, Wheat Luke & Hahn (1979-81)

  • Senior Vice President, Charles Owens & Associates (1976-79)

  • Director of Federal Relations, University of Houston (1975-76)

  • Staff Assistant to the President of the United States, The White House (1972-75)


Currently Active Projects

  • Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling. Developing dynamic modeling capacity in Ukraine. University of Bergen, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

  • Model-based Public Health Education. University of Bergen and the University of North Dakota

  • MacroLab Template Modeling. See Get Started with Macro Modeling.

  • Co-editing Feedback Economics, a book about system dynamics-based economic modeling

  • Teaching 10 courses yearly in 4 different countries

International Guest Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops: 26 at 20 institutions in 11 countries (2007-2018)


Selected Professional Activities and Awards

  • Associate Editor, System Dynamics Review (2008-2017)

  • President, Economics Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (2007-08)

  • Dana Meadows Award (2007)

  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1970)

In a Previous Life

  • National Teacher of the Year in Rural Telecommunications (1996), with 70% of students earning college credit for AP Exam scores over 7-year period, and using fiber optic TV technology to teach at two rural high schools simultaneously

  • Virginia Coach of the Year (1995 and 1996) after winning back-to-back state championships in high school girls basketball

  • Built a barn and raised goats & chickens, with a happy family in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Curriculum Vitae

April 2019 Lecture in Roanoke, Virginia, USA

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