Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University in New York City with appointments in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Earth Institute. He is also Vice Dean of SIPA.

Before joining Columbia in 2009, he was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he also directed the International Policy Program and the Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative. Before that, he taught at the London Business School. He has also been a visiting scholar at École Polytechnique, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Berlin. Among other current affiliations, he is a Fellow and former chairman of the advisory board of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

He has been awarded the Resources for the Future Dissertation Prize, the Erik Kempe Prize by the European Association of Environmental & Resource Economists, the Publication of Enduring Quality Award by the Association of Environmental & Resource Economists (AERE), and the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of Bath. In 2019 he was made an AERE Fellow. He is the author of numerous journal articles and two books, Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Makingand Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, both published by Oxford University Press.

He has played a number of roles in the policy arena, including as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and as senior lead advisor to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He is currently a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication. 

Scott Barrett received his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, and lives in Brooklyn and on Cape Cod.

Photo by Maurice Weiss/Ostkruez.

Photo by Maurice Weiss/Ostkruez.