IHDP is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Partha Dasgupta as the new chair of its Scientific Committee, succeeding Oran Young, who served from 2006 to 2010. Professor Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge. He was formerly chairman of the scientific board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, as well as professor of economics and philosophy, and director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University.
Professor Dasgupta takes on this position at a felicitous moment. The global environmental change landscape is rapidly evolving, with an acknowledged need by the scientific and policy community for a stronger role and contribution from the social science and humanities community. His long and distinguished career in working at the frontiers of social sciences as one of the pioneers of trans-disciplinary research will bring to IHDP the much-needed leadership that is crucial to mobilize and catalyze the broader social sciences for this challenge. We believe he will further contribute to helping solve the pressing problems society faces amid the rapidly changing state of our natural, social and economic systems.
Since 2008, Professor Dasgupta has been part-time Professor of Environmental and Development Economics at the University of Manchester's Sustainable Consumption Institute and Brooks World Poverty Institute. He is also the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and is currently President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. In addition to a number of honorary fellowships, Professor Dasgupta is a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Dasgupta has spent nearly most of his professional life working on poverty and inequality issues. His cutting-edge research covers welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental, and resource economics, game theory, and the economics of malnutrition. Much of his work has involved investigating the areas of sustainable development in which the interests of economics collide with ecological and social issues. An important area of his research has been the study of social capital - for instance, the degree of mutual trust and social networks that form a community. Having grown up in India, he brings a unique perspective to his field. Professor Dasgupta has also been invaluable to the cause of capacity-building among young scientists, especially in developing countries.
In 2002, Professor Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to economics. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2002 Volvo Environment and the 2007 John Kenneth Galbraith Award of the American Agricultural Economics Association.
Professor Dasgupta holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics from the University of Delhi, a B.A. (Hons.) in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of Cambridge. He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh (then in India).