Samuel Bliss

Fulbright Research Award, Spain, 2015-2016

BA, Economics, Environmental Studies, 2013

Spanish, Energy Policy Minors

Sam, a student from the Western Washington Honors Program, was awarded a Fulbright to study the interactions between sustainable degrowth and economic inequity in Spain. He plans to partner with degrowth scholars in Western Europe to contribute to the body of research and learn what aspects of degrowth can be realistically transported back to the United States. His research is expected to extend the macroeconomic theory of wealth and income inequity, and through his own recent experience of economic downshifting, he has been living his research interest. Sam’s undergraduate success in economics and environmental studies has demonstrated his ability to integrate formal learning with independent study, and he hopes to use his newfound skills to present his findings in meaningful written products for both professional and public audiences.