About Matthew Wilburn King PhD
My purpose in life is to live, love and learn! My website address is: www.matthewkingphd.com
I have two decades of experience leading projects, strategy, and research in the fields of environment and sustainable development. I’ve worked for government, academia, non-profits, and the private sector. I serve as President and Chairman of the Futurity Foundation, consult and advise leaders worldwide through King’s Creations.
I’ve been to every Continent on Earth with the exception of Antarctica, completed learning expeditions to over 30 countries, lived in five, and studied and conducted extensive research in four – completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge in England in Political Ecology/Human Geography in 2008.
I’ve had three epiphanies in life, two while meditating in rainforests and the other as I was facing death due to cancer. The first was at Ebner Falls in the Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska in 2001, and the second in Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia in 2014.
I’ve searched relentlessly for my place in the world through travel, philosophy, spirituality, and literature, but I found it inside. I spent the first five years of my life living in the Frances Willard Home for Girl’s, administered by my father in north Tulsa, Oklahoma. I eventually moved to the west side of town; home of the white working class and the settings of S.E. Hinton’s book, “The Outsiders” and Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation of her novel. Truth is, I’ve always been as much an ‘Outsider’, as an idealistic pragmatist. Now, I direct my grit and perseverance toward improving the lives of others, and the planet.
I’ve met death as cancer ravaged my body, and I’m still alive after a 15% chance of living.
I’ve traveled the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. I’ve dived the largest barrier reef systems and I’ve spent time on many seas: Celtic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Aegean, Adriatic, Sargasso, North, Baltic, Andaman, Bering, and the Coral Sea.
I once helmed a barge on the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta in the Netherlands, after teaching a Tanzanian woman to ride a bike, while working with her and a group of international volunteers to create a nature reserve near Numansdorp. I’ve hiked major mountain ranges: the Rockies, the Alps, Andes, Great Dividing Range, Appalachian and the Cascades.
I speak English, Spanish, and some French. I act on stage, paint, photograph, draw, and I’ve produced and directed short films. I’ve volunteered with dozens of organizations, committing thousands of hours for the benefit of people and the planet. I’m a Zen Buddhist who practices yoga and, of course, meditation. I love my wife immensely, and always strive to be a better husband.
I’ve published academic and popular literature, given talks around the world, and I love to dance. I’m a former U.S. Presidential Management Fellow (Clinton Administration 1999-2001), post-graduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, and a Kinship Conservation Fellow.
The burning question I’m trying to answer:
“How can humanity overcome its evolutionary limitations as a species to address long-term global challenges (e.g. war, poverty, climate change, governance, conservation, human rights, etc.)?”
My biggest journey, thus far, has been my current one, from head to heart, and I’m still on that journey.
I’m grateful to be here on this journey with you!
You can learn more about my professional experiences via LinkedIn
Environmental Security, Geopolitics, Commodities and Governance
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer in Politics and Law, University of Tulsa
- United States Presidential Management Fellow
- Cambridge Philosophical Society
- Kinship Conservation Fellow
- Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers
- Morris K. Udall Foundation, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Roster Member
- Environmental Quality and Management in the Developing World
- Global Commodities, Sustainable Development and Conflicts
- Socioeconomic Analysis: Marine and Coastal Resource Use
- Introduction to Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
- Documents and Discourse Analysis
- Third World Development
- State and Society: Latin America and South Asia
- Introduction to Human Geography
- Society, Environment, and Development
- Introduction to Sustainability
- Sustainability, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Introduction to Environmental Studies
|December 2003 ‐ May 2009||PhD, University of Cambridge|
|1998 ‐ 1999||Master of Philosophy, University of Dublin, Trinity College|
|August 1993 ‐ May 1998||B.A. Political Science and Legal Studies, University of Tulsa|
|1996 ‐ 1997||Study Abroad, University of Edinburgh|
Book Contributions (4)
Contribution to Book
Environmental Governance and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Central America: Lessons from ...
Governance, Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management) (Volume 2) 1st Edition (2016)
This chapter is part of a global initiative that identifies lessons learned in managing natural resources to facilitate the transition ...