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 & the Earth Institute.
He was previously a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC and, before that, at the London Business School. He has also held visiting positions at École Polytechnique, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Princeton, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Yale.
He is a Fellow and former chairman of the advisory board of the Beijer Institute in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow with the Kiel Institute of World Economics and CESifo Munich. He is on numerous editorial boards and is an associate editor of Science Advances.
His research is concerned with the design of international institutions that promote international cooperation in addressing issues like climate change, disease eradication, and protection of the oceans. He is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Theory of Environmental Treaty-Making and Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, both published by Oxford University Press.
In addition to his normal academic duties, he has been a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change second assessment report, a member of the academic panel to the Department of Environment in the UK, lead advisor to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, and a consultant to numerous international organizations on issues ranging from trade in African elephant ivory to the negotiation of climate agreements; and from the conservation of tuna to the eradication of polio.
He has been awarded the Resources for the Future Dissertation Prize, the Erike Kempe Award by the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Publication of Enduring Quality Award by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of Bath.
He received his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.