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Professor of Ecological Economics, UCL

Robert Costanza is a Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London. He is also currently an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont, and a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, China. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in the UK, and is an Overseas Expert in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Professor Costanza’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. His specialties include: transdisciplinary integration, systems ecology, ecological economics, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, integrated socio-ecological modeling, ecological design, energy analysis, environmental policy, social traps and addictions, societal wellbeing, incentive structures, and institutions.

He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics and was founding chief editor of the society’s journal Ecological Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of ten other international academic journals. He is also founding co-editor in chief of Solutions a unique hybrid academic/popular journal and editor in chief of the Anthropocene Review.

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.

Professor Costanza is the author or co-author of over 600 scientific articles and 30 books. His work has been cited more than 150,000 times in Google Scholar with an h-index of 141. More than 370 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media and he has written over 80 articles for the popular press.


  • 2013–present
    Professor and Chair in Public Policy, The Australian National University
  • 2010–present
    Affiliate Fellow, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics
  • 2009–present
    Senior Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Center
  • 2018–present
    Editor in Chief, The Anthropocene Review
  • 2010–2012
    Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability, Portland State University
  • 2002–2010
    Gund Professor of Ecological Economics, University of Vermont
  • 1988–2002
    Professor, University of Maryland


  • 1979 
    University of Florida, PhD


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), Overseas Expert, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher