Mike Daley

Michael C. Daley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Decary Hall 302A
Biddeford Campus

Dr.  Daley  graduated in 1984 from the University of Maine, Orono with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Daley earned a M.A. in Economics in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 2000 from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, Durham, New Hampshire. 

Dr. Daley started working at the University of New England in fall 2004. He teaches principles courses in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Business and Economics, as well as upper level courses in Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics, U.S. Economic Development, and Health Economics. Dr. Daley also offers a course entitled Economics in Context in the Green Learning Community, an integrated learning experience linking courses in Environmental Studies, Nature and Literature, Biology, and Economics for first-year environmental studies, marine biology, and business students. While at UNE, Dr. Daley has established an economic minor.

Dr. Daley’s research interests are primarily in environmental economics, ecological economics, macroeconomics and the pedagogy of economic education. He is a regular presenter at conferences held by professional associations, including the U.S. Ecological Economics Society and the Midwestern Business Administration Association International.  Dr. Daley was part of an interdisciplinary team working on a Maine EPSCoR research grant entitled “Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary through Community Based Ecosystem Management.”

While at the University of New England, Dr. Daley has been instrumental in creating and co-chairing the UNE Environmental Council and chairing the committee responsible for developing the Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture Series. Dr. Daley served on the Presidents Climate Committee Action Team, and the Graduate Program of Public Health Advisory Committee.  Dr. Daley as also served as an elected representative on the University Faculty Assembly and chaired the College of Arts and Sciences Student Affairs Committee.   

Prior to working at the University of New England, Dr. Daley taught Macroeconomics as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He also taught Natural Resource Economics as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Maine and courses in Microeconomics at University of Southern New Hampshire.

In addition to his experience in academia, Dr. Daley has worked both full and part time as an environmental engineer and consultant since 1995. Dr. Daley was a founding partner at MacMillan & Donnelly Environmental Consulting in Falmouth, Maine.




University of New Hampshire
University of Maine, Orono
University of New Hampshire

Board Certifications and Licenses

State of Maine Professional Engineer - Environmental Engineering


Current research

Pluralism in economics and the root metaphor theory of Stephen C. Pepper.

Teaching pedegogy related to interdisciplinary and integrated learning as conducted by the Green Learning Community at UNE.

Selected publications

Daley, Michael, Grumbling, Owen and Peterson, Richard B. 2014. "Rescuing Economics From the Discipline: The Green Learning Community."  Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice 14(3).

"The Macroeconomics Context of the Great Recession of 2008” Proceedings of Midwest Business Administration Association International. Ed. Steven Palmer. Chicago, March, 2011. 20-26

"Economics and Global Warming: Penny Wise But Pound Foolish" published in the Proceedings of the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) International annual conference, March 2009.

"Creating Sustainability Within Our Midst". (2008) Edited by Robert L. Chapman. "Pluralism and Ecological Economics" pp. 117 _ 135. Pace University Press, New York. Article part of a compilation accepted for publication in the Conference Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) held at Pace University, New York City June 23-27, 2007.

"Ecological Economics, Business, and Problem Solving: A Path Toward Action" published in the Proceedings of the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) International annual conference, March 2007.

Research interests

Economic Methodology

Ecological Economics

Teaching Pedagogy in Economics