• Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Environmental
    • Economics of Sustainable Development
    • International Environmental Policy
    • Ecological and Resource Economics
    • Green Economy
  • Department:

    • Economics
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. Economics, University of London
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Edward B. Barbier is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. “One of the best-known environmental economists in the world” (Euromoney, 2019), Barbier is an expert in environmental and resource economics as well as international environmental policy.  He has consulted for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the World Bank and the OECD. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 27 books, and published in popular journals. Barbier is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is a highly cited scholar on global environmental and sustainability issues. Professor Barbier’s latest book is Economics for a Fragile Planet, Cambridge University Press.


Selected recent publications (see CV for a full list):

Barbier, E.B. 2023. “Three climate policies that the G7 must adopt — for itself and the wider world.” Nature 617:459-461.

Barbier, E.B. 2023. “Reform economics of managing global water supplies.” Nature 617:252. doi:

Barbier, E.B. 2022 “The Policy Implications of the Dasgupta Review: Land Use Change and Biodiversity.” Environmental and Resource Economics. 83:911-935.

Barbier, E.B. 2022. “The Economics of Managing Water Crises.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. 380:20210295. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2021.0295.

Barbier, E.B. 2022. Economics for a Fragile Planet. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York.

Barbier, E.B. 2021. “The Evolution of Economic Views on Natural Resource Scarcity.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 15(1):24-44.

Barbier, E.B. 2021. “Habitat Loss and the Risk of Disease Outbreak.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 108:102451

Barbier, E.B. and J.C. Burgess. 2021. Economics of the SDGs: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals into Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York.

Barbier, E.B. and J.C. Burgess. 2020. “Sustainability and Development after COVID-19.” World Development 135:105082.

Barbier, E.B. 2020. “Greening the post-pandemic recovery in the G20.” Environmental and Resource Economics 76:685–703.

Barbier, E.B. 2020 “Is Green Rural Transformation Possible in Developing Countries?” World Development 131:104955.

Barbier, E.B., R. Lozano, C.M. Rodríguez and S. Troëng. 2020. “Adopt a carbon tax to protect natural forests.” Nature 578:213-216.

Barbier, E.B. 2019. Natural Resources and Economic Development, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 2nd edition.

Barbier, E.B. 2019. The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management.  Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 270 pp,

Barbier, E.B. and J.P. Hochard. 2019. “Poverty-Environment Traps.” Environmental and Resource Economics 74(3):1239-1271.

Barbier, E.B. and J.C. Burgess. 2019. “Scarcity and Safe Operating Spaces: The Example of Natural Forests” Environmental and Resource Economics 74(3):1077-1099.

Barbier, E.B. and J.C. Burgess. 2019. “Sustainable Development Goal Indicators: Analyzing Trade-offs and Complementarities.” World Development 122:295-305.

Hochard, J.P., S. Hamilton and E.B. Barbier. 2019. “Mangroves shelter coastal economic activity from cyclones.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(25):1232-1237.

Barbier, E.B. 2019. “The concept of natural capital.” Oxford Review of Economic Policy 35(1):14-36.

Sterner, T., E.B. Barbier, I. Bateman, I. van den Bijgaart, A.-S. Crépin, O. Edenhofer, C. Fisher, W. Habla, J. Hassler, O. Johnansson-Stenman, A. Lange, S. Polasky, J. Rockström, H.G. Smith, W. Steffen, G. Wagner, J.E. Wilen, F. Alpizar, C. Azar, D. Carless, C. Chávez, J. Coria, G. Engström, S.C. Jagers, G. Köhlin, A. Löfgren, H. Pleijel and A. Robinson. 2019. “Policy design for the Anthropocene.” Nature Sustainability 2(1):14-21.

Barbier, E.B. 2019. “How to make the next Green New Deal work.” Nature 565:6.

Barbier, E.B., J.C. Burgess and T.J. Dean. 2018. “How to pay for saving biodiversity.” Science 360 (6388): 486-488.

Barbier, E.B. and J.P. Hochard. 2018. “The Impacts of Climate Change on the Poor in Disadvantaged Regions” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 12(1):26-47.

Barbier, E.B. 2017. “Natural Capital and Wealth in the 21st Century.” Eastern Economic Journal 43(3):391-405.

Barbier, E.B., R.E. López and J.P. Hochard. 2016. "Debt, Poverty and Resource Management in a Rural Smallholder Economy." Environmental and Resource Economics 63:411-427. 2017 EAERE Award for outstanding publication in the journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Barbier, E.B. 2015. “Hurricane Katrina’s lessons for the world.” Nature 524:285-287

Barbier, E.B. 2014. “Account for depreciation of natural capital.” Nature 515:32-33.


  • ECON 792E.001 Seminar: Development – Natural Resources and Economic Development

    This course focuses on a key paradox of modern economic development: Why is it that, despite the importance of natural capital for sustainable economic development, increasing economic dependence on natural resource exploitation appears to be a hindrance to growth and development in today’s low and middle-income economies? To address is paradox this course focuses on the role of natural resources in economic development of developing countries, covering both macro-economic and micro-economic aspects of this relationship. It is designed as a graduate-level seminar course, and aims to give students a sense of current theories, debates, historical perspectives and methodologies concerning natural resources and economic development.