Prof Robert Costanza

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

Areas of expertise

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


Dr. Robert Costanza is a professor of Ecological Economics and  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 Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy, China,  a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and an Ambassador of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll)

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 areas of expertise include: ecological economics, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, integrated ecological and socioeconomic modelling, energy and material flow analysis, environmental policy, social traps and addictions, incentive structures and institutions.

He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and founding 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 editor-in-chief of Solutions a unique hybrid academic/popular journal and editor in chief of The Anthropocene Review.

Professor Costanza is the author or co-author of over 600 scientific papers and 28 books. His work has been cited more than 100,000 times in Google Scholar with an h-index of 125. More than 350 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media and he has written over 75 articles for the popular press.

Researcher's projects

1. Leverhume Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB) , Leverhume Trust, UK

2. Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative. Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Projects and Grants

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