1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Advisory Group of the Project

  • Project from: 2018 to 2022

The Sustainable Development Impact Indicators project will benefit from the expertise of a number of organizations and individuals providing substantive inputs, guidance and feedback throughout the course of the project. Thanks to their engaged participation in the co-design of the SDII, these Expert Advisors will also act as ambassadors for the work, helping to raise the visibility of the approach in their respective sectors. UNRISD is very grateful to these organizations and individuals for their invaluable inputs and support.

Margie Mendell
Marguerite (Margie) Mendell, Professor Emerita, School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA), Concordia University earned her PhD in Economics from McGill University (1983). She has taught at the SCPA since 1986. Her research is on the social economy in Quebec and internationally, social finance and impact investing, social innovation, the commons, economic democracy, and the work of Karl Polanyi whose influence continues to grow today. Most recently she has been working on the social impact of artificial intelligence. Margie Mendell contributes to an international dialogue on innovative economic initiatives to reduce inequality and develop new collective forms of wealth creation through her participation at scholarly conferences and international meetings of the OECD, the European Commission, the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) and civil society gatherings. She also participates in consultations in Canada (federal, provincial, municipal) and abroad on issues related to social finance and impact investing and the social and solidarity economy. Margie Mendell is also is the co-founder of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy established at Concordia University in 1988, the repository of the entire Karl Polanyi Archive. She is a member of the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES); honorary member of the Global Social Economy Forum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chantier de l'économie sociale, C.I.T.I.E.S, TIESS and la Tohu. As well, she is on the editorial board of The Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi. Margie Mendell is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Quebec.


Peter Utting
Peter joined the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in 1992, where he later became Deputy Director and coordinated research projects on the social effects of the global financial crisis, corporate social and environmental responsibility, new forms of business regulation, and social and solidarity economy (SSE), topics on which he has published extensively. He was responsible for overseeing the preparation of several of the Institute's flagship reports, including States of Disarray: The Social Effects of Globalization and Visible Hands: Taking Responsibility for Social Development. In 2013 he co-founded the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy. Prior to joining UNRISD, Peter worked for 12 years in Central America on a range of development and environment issues. Peter has a PhD and other degrees in Sociology and Development Studies. In 2011, he was Visiting Senior Scholar at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada. After his retirement from the United Nations in 2014, Peter returned to teaching at the Munk School and has worked with the ILO SSE Academy and the Centro para la Economia Social (CES) in Nicaragua, where he currently resides. He is also an UNRISD Senior Research Associate.



Mark McElroy
Mark McElroy is an accomplished innovator, consultant, author and educator in the theory and practice of corporate sustainability management. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations in Vermont and is particularly well known for his development of Context-Based Sustainability (CBS), an approach to sustainability measurement, management, and reporting in which performance is seen as a function of what an organization’s impacts are on vital capitals. Dr. McElroy is co-creator of the MultiCapital Scorecard, a context-based, open-source triple bottom line performance accounting method. He is also a long-time veteran of management consulting, having spent much of his career at Price Waterhouse, KPMG Peat Marwick, and IBM Consulting. More recently, he created and led Deloitte Consulting’s Center for Sustainability Performance in Boston, MA, a think-tank dedicated to the study of sustainability measurement, management, and reporting. Dr. McElroy earned his Ph.D. in Economics and Business from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands in 2008, where in his dissertation he developed Context-Based Sustainability and the Social Footprint Method. He is a co-author of two books on sustainability accounting and is widely published in such journals as Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, The World Financial Review, Harvard Business Review, and many others.