Robert Costanza

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Robert Costanza
Robert Costanza 2016.jpg
Born September 14, 1950
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality  United States
Fields Ecological Economics
Systems Ecology
Institutions The Australian National University
Portland State University
University of Vermont
University of Maryland
Louisiana State University
Alma mater University of Florida
Doctoral advisor H.T. Odum
Known for Founder of International Society for Ecological Economics & Ecological Economics journal, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Solutions Journal
Notable awards Kellogg National Fellow
Pew Scholar

Robert Costanza (born September 14, 1950) is a leading ecological economist and Professor of Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

Selected Literature[edit]


  • 1991, Ecological economics: The science and management of sustainability.
  • 1992, with Bryan Norton and Ben Haskell,Ecosystem health: new goals for environmental management.
  • 1996, with Olman Segura and Juan Martinez-Alier, Getting down to earth: practical applications of ecological economics
  • 1997, with John Cumberland, Herman Daly, Robert Goodland and Richard Norgaard, An Introduction to Ecological Economics
  • 2000, with Tom Prugh and Herman Daly, The local politics of global sustainability.
  • 2007, with Lisa Graumlich and Will Steffen, Sustainability or Collapse? An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth.


  • 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


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