Dates: Monday 27 January 2020

Speaker: Sir Partha Dasgupta

Start Time: 18.15

Finish Time: 19.45

Location: Drawing Room


Human societies are embedded in Nature and yet economic models of growth and development do not acknowledge it. In recent decades a good measure of Nature’s health, global biodiversity, has been shrinking alarmingly, at a rate 100-1000 times greater than the average over several millions of years.

The economics of Nature asks how and why that has come to be the normal today and what we need to do to reverse the trend. The subject has a global reach, it is normative, and it involves serious social and environmental science. Professor Dasgupta, who has worked on the subject for over four decades, will deliver two lectures on the subject to NCH students on Tuesday 21 and Monday 27 January 2020.

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, who is a Visiting Professor at NCH, is preparing a Review of the Economics of Biodiversity for the UK government, for submission to COP15 in China in October 2020.


Background Reading: P. Dasgupta (1996), “The Economics of Environment,” Environment and Development Economics, 1(4), 387-428.