Edward B. Barbier is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University. He previously held positions at University of Wyoming, University of York and the International Institute of Environment and Development. His main expertise is environmental and resource economics as well as international environmental policy.

Barbier has consulted for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the World Bank and the OECD. In 2009, he authored the UN’s Global Green New Deal. In 2008, Barbier was named by Cambridge University as one of the world’s 50 most influential thinkers on sustainability, and among his honors and awards, he has received the 1991 Mazzotti Prize (Italy) for contributions to economics and ecology. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 27 books, and published in popular journals and social media.

Barbier is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is a highly cited scholar on global environmental and sustainability issues. His latest book is Economics for a Fragile Planet, Cambridge University Press.