Richard B. Howarth

Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College

Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society

Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Economics

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Rich Howarth is an environmental and ecological economist who studies the interface between economic theory and the ecological, moral, and social dimensions of environmental issues. His topical interests focus on energy use, climate change, ecological conservation. His research and teaching emphasize themes that include:

       The roles of discounting, sustainability, and intergenerational fairness in evaluating long-term environmental policies.

       Mathematical models of coupled ecological-economic systems.

       The interplay between economics, ecology, and deliberative politics in valuing and managing ecosystem services.

       The role of public policies in promoting the adoption of pro-environmental behaviors and technologies.

Professor Howarth graduated summa cum laude from the Biology and Society Program at Cornell University (A.B., 1985) and holds an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987). He earned his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley (1990), where he collaborated with Richard B. Norgaard on the economics of natural resources and sustainable development.

Before joining Dartmouthís faculty in 1998, Professor Howarth held research and teaching positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1990-1993) and the University of California at Santa Cruz (1993-1998).

Since January of 2008, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Economics.


Current Teaching


Environmental Studies 55: Ecological Economics
Offered Winter 2017 in the 10 hour

This course examines the links between economic and ecological systems with an emphasis on the interplay between values and institutions in environmental problem-solving. Concepts pertaining to welfare economics, common pool resources, ecosystem valuation, and environmental ethics are developed and applied to problems such as fisheries and forest management, biodiversity conservation, and global environmental change. The course emphasizes the relationship between economic growth, ecosystem services, and human flourishing in the definition and pursuit of sustainable development. Prerequisites: Economics 1 or 2; Math 3 or the equivalent; Environmental Studies 2 or 3; or permission of the instructor. Distributive category: SOC.


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Richard B. Howarth

Environmental Studies Program

Dartmouth College

HB 6182, 113 Steele Hall

Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, U.S.A.

+1-603-646-2752 (voice)

+1-603-646-1682 (fax)