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Research Interests

Economics of Poverty and Nutrition. Environmental Economics. Economic Measurement. Economics of Knowledge.


Fellow: British Academy, Royal Society. Member: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Foreign Member: US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Honorary Fellow: London School of Economics, Trinity College (Cambridge). Volvo Environment Prize (2002), John Kenneth Galbraith Prize (2006), Zayed International Environment Prize (2011), Blue Planet Prize (2015), Tyler Prize (2016), Kew International Medal, Royal Botanical Garden, Kew, 2021. Honorary Doctorate: Wageningen University, University of Bologna, Tilberg University, Catholic University of Louvain, Harvard University, University of York.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Socially Embedded Preferences, Environmental Externalities, and Reproductive Rights,” (with Aisha Dasgupta), Population and Development Review, 2017, 43(3), 405-441.

Kenneth Arrow: Public Goods, Public Policy, and Environmental Economics,” In Memorium, Econometrica Society Website, 2017.

Global Population Size and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” Ecology, Economics, and Society, 2018, 1(1).

Ramsey’s Theory of Optimum National Saving,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2019.

Narrow Identities,” (with S. Goyal), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 2019, 175(3), 395-419.

“What Would a World Population Policy That Respected Democracy Look Like?”, in M. Cook (photographs) and R.M. Solow (editor), Economists (New Haven: Yale University Press), 2019, p. 42.

Birth and Death – Arrow Lecture”, in P. Dasgupta, Time and the Generations: Population Ethics for a Diminishing Planet (New York: Columbia University Press), 2019.
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Harvesting the Commons,” (with T. Mitra and G. Sorger), Environmental and Resource Economics, 2019, 72(3), 613-636.
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Social Dimensions of Fertility Behavior and Consumption Patterns in the Anthropocene,” (with S. Barrett, Aisha Dasgupta, W.N. Adger, J. Anderies, J. van den Bergh, C. Bledsoe, J. Bongaarts, S. Carpenter, F.S. Chapin III, A.-S. Crepin, G. Daily, P. Ehrlich, C. Folke, N. Kautsky, E.F. Lambin, S.A. Levin, K.-G. Maler, R. Naylor, K. Nyborg, S. Polansky, M. Scheffer, J. Shogren, P.S. Jorgensen, B. Walker, and J. Wilen), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020, 117(12), 6300-6307.

Strategy-Proofness, Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives, and Majority Rule” (with E. Maskin), American Economic Review: Insights, 2020, 2(4), 459-474.

Population, Ecological Footprint, and the Sustainable Development Goals,” (with Aisha Dasgupta and S. Barrett), Environmental and Resource Economics, November 2021, online.
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Population Overshoot,” (with Aisha Dasgupta), in K. Bykvist and T. Campbell, eds., Oxford Handbook of Population Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2022.

The Dasgupta Review: Supplementary Notes on Investment in Conservation and Restoration, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health,” National Institute Economic Review, 2021, 1-16.

The Perils of Cosmopolitan Intellectualism,” (Review of Amartya Sen’s Memoir, Home in the World: London: Allen), Society, 2021, 58(5), pp. 416-423.
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“Narrow Identities Revisited,” (with S. Goyal) – Response to comments in special issue of Erasmus Journal of Economics and Philosophy, 2021, 14(2).

The Economics of Biodiversity: Afterword,” Environmental and Resource Economics, 2022, 83.
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Economic Factors Underlying Biodiversity Loss,” (with S. Levin), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2023, 378(1881).
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Sir Partha Dasgupta: Meeting the Challenges of Environmental and Development Economics.” Interview with David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley, in the Annual Review of Resource Economics 2023.

Biodiversity: A Conversation with Sir Partha Dasgupta.” Interview with Tim Besley, London School of Economics, in the Annual Review of Economics, 2023.

Authored Books

Time and the Generations: Population Ethics for a Diminishing Planet, (New York: Columbia University Press), Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series, 2019.

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, (London: HM Treasury), 2021. To be republished by Cambridge University Press, 2022

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review – Abridged Version, (London: HM Treasury), 2021.

Edited Books

Handbook of Environmental Economics, Vol. IV, co-edited with S. Pattanayak and V.K. Smith (Amsterdam: Elsevier), 2018.

Biological Extinctions: New Perspectives (Proceedings of a conference on Biological Extinctions at the Pontifical Academies), co-edited with P. Raven and A. McIvor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2019.

Recent Activities


C.D. Deshmukh Lecture, National Council of Applied Economics Research, New Delhi, 2018.

President’s Lecture, State House, Mauritius, 2018.

IIAM-SRK Third Annual Lecture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 2019.

Martin Buber Memorial Lecture 2019, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Annual Lecture 2020, Wellington.

Christian Aid (Inaugural) Annual Lecture 2021, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

Schorstein Lecture, William Harvey Day Conference, Bart and The City, 2021.

Garner Lecture, UK Environmental Law Association, 2021.

Plenary Lecture, British Ecological Society Annual Conference, 2021.

Karl-Goran Maler Memorial Lecture, Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, 2021.

Jon Goldstein Memorial Lecture, University of Minnesota, 2022.

John H Chafee Memorial Lecture on Science, Policy and Environment, Annual Conference of the Global Council for Science and the Environment, 2022.

David Pearce Lecture, Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Rimini, 2022.

Review of the Economics of Biodiversity (password: f99@.iM2), Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, IL, 2023.


Interview on the Dasgupta’s work on ecological economics (available on youtube) conducted by Professor E. Somanathan of the Indian Statistical Institute.

Video interview with Johnny Lyons, book review editor of the literary journal Society.

Interview with Marina Windsor

In the News

Sir Partha Dasgupta discusses sustainability and biodiversity
The Faculty's Sir Partha Dasgupta explains why climate change is really a subset of the broader issue of how humans are interacting with natural resources, in an interview in the Conversable Economist.
Published on - Tuesday 19th September 2023

Alexander Skarsgard, Partha Dasgupta and the Answer to Everything
In 2021, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta prepared a 610-page report for the British government about the financial value of nature.
Published on - Monday 3rd April 2023

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Interview
The Faculty's Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta has received an elevated knighthood in the New Year Honours list, led an independent, global review on the Economics of Biodiversity and next month a conference will be held to honour his research.
Published on - Monday 13th March 2023

Sir Partha Dasgupta honoured with elevated knighthood
Sir Partha, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, is made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire for services to economics and the natural environment
Published on - Wednesday 4th January 2023

Sir Partha Dasgupta honoured as Champion of the Earth
A University of Cambridge academic at the Faculty of Economics has been honoured at the UN Environment Programme as one of four 2022 Champions of the Earth, the first economist to have been awarded this honour.
Published on - Monday 12th December 2022

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

Emeritus Professor, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics

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