Professor Robert Costanza.

World-leading ecological economist joins Crawford School

09 December 2012

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Professor Robert Costanza is a Chair in Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy. His research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address sustainability and well-being. He currently teaches Special Topics in Environmental Management and Development (EMDV8041).

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One of the world’s leading ecological economists, Professor Robert Costanza, has been appointed to a Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Professor Costanza is the author or co-author of more than 500 scientific papers, and more than 20 books. His work has been published in Science and Nature, and has been cited more than 30,000 times. He repeatedly appears on lists of the world’s most influential researchers, including the ISI Highly Cited list.

His research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address sustainability and well-being. In addition to his academic research, he was the co-founder of the International Society for Ecological Economics and founding editor of its journal, Ecological Economics. He serves on the editorial board of 16 other academic journals.  He is the Founding Editor of the hybrid academic/popular web/print magazine Solutions ( which will be housed at Crawford.

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 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO said:

“Robert Costanza is a world-class researcher who is a widely recognised leader in his field. I welcome him to the University. I know everybody here will be very excited to have him on board.

“His appointment reflects the commitment of the University to attract the world’s leading researchers – a central part of ANU By 2020, our strategic plan.”

Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy Professor Tom Kompas added:

“This appointment does much more than add to the already considerable strength the Crawford School has in public policy. It also brings to the school a researcher who is innovative, inspirational and highly distinguished, and one who is regarded – quite rightly – as the founding father of the discipline of ecological economics.

“Robert is also a Fellow of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, an initiative of the Crawford School which aims to position research on Asia and the Pacific within the mainstream of public policy. He will bring immense experience to the society, the school and the Australian research community.”

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