University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Robert Costanza

Robert Costanza Affiliate & Founding Director

PhD, Systems Ecology; Economics Minor, U Florida

MA, Architecture/Urban & Regional Planning,U Florida

BA, Architecture, Uof Florida


Robert Costanza is Chair in Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. From 2010 - 2012 he was the Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability, in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Before moving to PSU in 2010, Robert was the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and founding director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Before Vermont, he was on the faculty at Maryland and LSU, a visiting scientist at the Beijer Institute in Sweden, and the Illinois Natural History Survey.  Robert is also currently a Distinguished Research Fellow at Ecological Economics Research center New Zealand (EERNZ), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, a Senior Fellow at the National Council on Science and the Environment, Washington, DC, and a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden. Robert's transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989 until 2002. He is founding co-editor (with Karin Limburg and Ida Kubiszewski) of Reviews in Ecological Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of ten other international academic journals. He is also founding editor in chief of Solutions, a hybrid academic/popular journal. His awards include a Kellogg National Fellowship, the Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Achievement Award, a Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment, the Kenneth Boulding Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Ecological Economics, and honorary doctorates from Stockholm University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
Robert is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers and 22 books. His work has been cited in more than 10,000 scientific articles and he has been named as one of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers since 2004. More than 200 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media.

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