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About Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta was named a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 2002 Birthday Honours List for services to economics. He has the rare distinction of being a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Taking a degree in Physics at the University of Delhi, Sir Partha then moved to the University of Cambridge, where he took a degree in Mathematics, followed by a PhD in Economics. His first teaching position was at the London School of Economics.

Sir Partha divides his time between NCH and Cambridge, where he is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics.

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta's Research

Economics of Poverty and Nutrition. Environmental Economics. Economic Measurement. Economics of Knowledge.

Latest Research Papers

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s latest publication “The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review” (London: HM Treasury) was recently submitted to the UK Treasury. In his review, Dasgupta draws parallels between the increase in the standard of living and the significant degradation of nature. Detailing the inextricable link between economics and biodiversity, he demonstrates the need for nations to adopt a system of economic accounts which records nature as a measure of their wealth in order to judge the sustainability of their economic development.

Review of the Economics of Biodiversity for the UN Convention on Biodiversity (COP15) in October 2020.

‘Personal Histories and Poverty Traps’, in J. Lin and B. Plescovik, (eds.), Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, 2010 (World Bank and Oxford University Press, 2011)

‘Why and How?’ in T. Soderqvist, A. Sundbaum, C. Folke, and K.-G. Maler, (eds), Bringing Ecologists and Economists Together: The Asko Meetings and Papers (Springer, 2011)

‘Sustainable Development as Our Common Future’, in W. Kuhl, (ed.),Research and Responsibility -Reflections on Our Common Future (CEP Europaische Verlagsnstalt 2011)

“The Value of Biodiversity” (with A. Kinzig and C. Perrings), in S. Levin, ed., Enclyclopedia of Biodiversity (Academic Press, 2012)


Time and the Generations: Population Ethics for a Diminishing Planet (Columbia University Press, 2019)

Guidelines for Project Evaluation (with S.A. Marglin and A.K. Sen), (United Nations, 1972)

Economic Theory and Exhaustible Resources (with G.M. Heal), James Nisbet and (Cambridge University Press, 1979)

The Control of Resources (Oxford, 2009)

Environmental Decision-Making (co-editor with Y. Ahmad and K.-G. Mäler), (Hodder and Stoughton,1984)

Economic Organizations as Games (co-editor with K. Binmore), (Basil Blackwell,1986)

The Economics of Bargaining (co-editor with K. Binmore), (Basil Blackwell, 1987)

Economic Policy and Technological Performance (co-editor with P. Stoneman), (Cambridge University Press, 1987)

Issues in Contemporary Economics: Policy and Development (ed.), Vol. 100 of the publications of the International Economic Association, (Macmillan, 1991)

Economic Analysis of Markets and Games (co-editor with D. Gale, O. Hart and E. Maskin), (MIT Press 1992)

An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution, Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1993)

The Environment and Emerging Development Issues, Vols. I and II (co-editor with K.-G. Mäler), (Clarendon Press,1997)

The Economics of Transnational Commons (co-editor with K.-G. Mäler and A. Vercelli), (Clarendon Press ,1997)

Creation and Transfer of Knowledge (co-editor with C. Barba Navaretti, K.-G. Mäler and D. Siniscalco), (Springer, 1998)

Social Capital: A Multifaceted Perspective (co-editor with Ismail Serageldin), (World Bank , 2000)

Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment, (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Economic Theory for the Environment: Essays in Honour of Karl-Göran Mäler (co-editor with B. Kriström and K.-G. Löfgren), (Edward Elgar, 2002)

The Economics of Non-Convex Ecosystems (co-editor with Karl-Göran Mäler), (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003)

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Synthes is (with W.V. Reid, H.A. Mooney, A. Cropper et al.), World Resources Institute (Island Press, 2005)

Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Poverta, Ambiente e Societa (il Mulino, 2007) (Collected papers on poverty, environment and society, translated and edited by Elena Podrecca and Maurizio Zenezini).

A Short Introduction to Sustainability Science< (with J. Bongaarts, S. Carpenter, W. Clark, R. Kates, P. Matson, E. Ostrom, J. Schullnhuber, and B. Turner), in preparation.

Selected Papers of Partha Dasgupta, Vols. I & II.
Vol 1: Institutions, Innovations, and Human Values, Vol 2: Poverty, Population, and Natural Resources (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta's Teaching

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta lectures for the Economics BSc at New College of the Humanities.