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Robert B. Richardson

Professor of Sustainable Development, Michigan State University

Dr. Robert Richardson is an ecological economist and Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. He is interested in the study of the interactions between the environment and development, particularly the contribution of ecosystem services to socioeconomic well-being. His research, teaching, and outreach program focuses primarily on sustainable development, and he uses a variety of methods from the behavioral and social sciences to study decision-making about the use of natural resources and the values of ecosystem services. He has conducted research related to agricultural-environmental linkages, household food and energy security, and tradeoffs in decision-making about environmental management in southern and eastern Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia, as well as in the USA. His work has been published in Ecological Economics, Environment and Development Economics, and World Development. Dr. Richardson is President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, and a member of the International Society for Ecological Economics.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Michigan State University


  • 2002 
    Colorado State University, Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Ecological Economics
  • United States Society for Ecological Economics