Sustainable Consumption: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

April 2, 2012 · 10:00-11:30AM

Columbia University, 1501 School of International and Public Affairs

  • Partha Dasgupta, Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge

Visiting scholar and Professor Emeritus of Economics (Cambridge University), Sir Partha Dasgupta, will lecture on “Sustainable Consumption”. Joining as discussants will be Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor and Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought; and Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus, MIT.

Sir Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics and past chairman of the faculty of economics and politics at the University of Cambridge. From 1991 to 1997, Dasgupta was chairman of the scientific board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and, from 1989 to 1992, professor of economics and philosophy, and director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University. His research interests have covered welfare and development economics; the economics of technological change; population, environmental, and resource economics; the theory of games; and the economics of under nutrition.

Dasgupta is a fellow of St. John's College, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a fellow of the British Academy, foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, honorary fellow of the London School of Economics, honorary member of the American Economic Association, member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences. He is a past president of the Royal Economic Society (1998-2001) and the European Economic Association (1999). Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 in her Birthday Honours List for services to economics and was co-recipient (with Karl Goran Maler) of the 2002 Volvo Environment Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society (elected 2004) and a foreign member of the American Philosophical Society (elected 2005).