Prof. Robert Costanza

Chair in Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific; Crawford School of Public P
Australian National University
Canberra ACT, Australian Capital Territory

Focus Areas

Environment & Sustainable Development
Environment & Sustainable Development


Dr. Robert Costanza, KNFP-3, is Professor and Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Prior to this, he was Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability, in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University (2010-2012), Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and founding director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont (2002-2010), Professor at the University of Maryland (1988-2002) and at Louisiana State University (1980-1988). His 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 of the International Society for Ecological Economics and founding editor in chief of Solutions ( He is author or co-author of over 500 articles and 27 books and has been named one of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers since 2004. More than 300 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media.