Professor Robert Costanza

Professor and Vice Chancellor's Chair
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Ecological Applications 0501
  • Landscape Ecology 050104
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Environment And Resource Economics 140205
  • Urban And Regional Planning 1205


Professor Robert Costanza is a Vice-Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is also currently a  Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy, Shanghai, China, and co-chair of the Ecosystem Services Partnership.

He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences (Systems Ecology with an Economics minor) and a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Planning both from the University of Florida.

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, ecological modeling, ecological design, energy analysis, environmental policy, social traps, 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.

He is the author or co-author of over 600 scientific papers and 27 books. His work has been cited in more than 34,000 scientific articles in ISI’s web of knowledge a, with an ISI h-index of 71. More than 300 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media and he has written over 70 articles for the popular press.


Projects and Grants

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