Robert Costanza


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Robert Costanza
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BornSeptember 14, 1950 (1950-09-14) (age 71)
Nationality United States
Alma materUniversity of Florida
Known forFounder of International Society for Ecological Economics & Ecological Economics journal, Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Solutions Journal[1]
AwardsKellogg National Fellow
Pew Scholar
Scientific career
FieldsEcological Economics
Systems Ecology
InstitutionsThe Australian National University
Portland State University
University of Vermont
University of Maryland
Louisiana State University
Doctoral advisorH.T. Odum

Robert Costanza (born September 14, 1950) is an American/Australian ecological economist and Professor of Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia[2] and a Full Member of the Club of Rome.[3]


Before joining the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University[4] in 2013 he was a professor at Portland State University in Oregon from 2010 to 2012.[5] Costanza was the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont in August 2002, Costanza was director of the University of Maryland Institute for Ecological Economics, and a professor at University of Maryland's Center for Estuarine and Environmental Science, at Chesapeake Biological Lab on Solomons Island MD.

He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics and he was chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989 until 2002. Costanza is the founding editor-in-chief of Solutions a new hybrid popular/academic journal/magazine.[6] He is also the co-editor-in-chief (with Karin Limburg and Ida Kubiszewski) of Ecological Economics Reviews.[7] He currently serves on the editorial board of eight other international academic journals and is past president of the International Society for Ecosystem Health. He is a senior fellow of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden;[8] a senior fellow of the National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington, D.C.; a distinguished visiting professor at Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand; Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont; and a co-chair of the Ecosystem Services Partnership.

Selected Literature


  • 2016, Modelling and measuring sustainable wellbeing in connection with the UN Sustainable Development Goals[9]


  • 2014, with John Cumberland, Herman Daly, Robert Goodland, Richard B. Norgaard, Ida Kubiszewski, and Carol Franco. An Introduction to Ecological Economics, Second Edition.
  • 2014, with Ida Kubiszewski (eds). Creating A Sustainable and Desirable Future: Insights from 45 Global Thought Leaders.
  • 2013, with Gar Alperovitz, Herman Daly, Joshua Farley, Carol Franco, Tim Jackson, Ida Kubiszewski, Juliet Schor, and Peter Victor. Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature.
  • 2007, with Lisa Graumlich and Will Steffen, Sustainability or Collapse? An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth.
  • 2000, with Tom Prugh and Herman Daly, The local politics of global sustainability.
  • 1997, with John Cumberland, Herman Daly, Robert Goodland and Richard Norgaard, An Introduction to Ecological Economics
  • 1996, with Olman Segura and Juan Martinez-Alier, Getting down to earth: practical applications of ecological economics
  • 1992, with Bryan Norton and Ben Haskell, Ecosystem health: new goals for environmental management.
  • 1991, Ecological economics: The science and management of sustainability.[10]

Most Prominent Articles

  • 1996, Costanza, R. Ecological economics: reintegrating the study of humans and nature. Ecological Applications 6:978-990 (1996)
  • 1997, Costanza et al. The value of the world's ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature 387:253-260 (1997)
  • 1998, Costanza et al. Principles for sustainable governance of the oceans. Science 281:198-199 (1998)
  • 2008, Costanza, R. Stewardship for a “Full” World. Current History (January 2008) An excellent six-page (including a concise chart) exposition of ecological economics.
  • 2010, Costanza et al. The perfect spill: solutions for averting the next Deepwater Horizon, The Solutions Journal

See also


  1. ^ Editorial Board The Solutions Journal. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ Leading Social Scientists elected as Academy Fellows
  3. ^ Club of Rome
  4. ^ retrieved 7 January, 2020
  5. ^ Robert Costanza to Lead Sustainability Center at PSU
  6. ^ Solutions Magazine
  7. ^ Ecological Economics Reviews
  8. ^ Stockholm Resilience Centre
  9. ^ Costanza; et al. (2016). "Modelling and measuring sustainable wellbeing in connection with the UN Sustainable Development Goals" (PDF). Ecological Economics. 130: 350–355. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.07.009.
  10. ^ Google Books: Ecological economics: The science and management of sustainability (Columbia University Press, 1992, ISBN 0231513240) - Retrieved 2019-02-08

External links

  • Media Release from ANU on Costanza's appointment
  • Faculty page at ANU of Robert Costanza
  • Curriculum vitae of Robert Costanza, 2019
  • Wellbeing Economy needs to be Primary Goal (2018, at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Club of Rome)