Richard Norgaard is now Professor Former in the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley. He is an eclectic scholar with one solely authored book; five co-authored and co-edited books, four additional multi-authored monographs, and over 200 other publications in environmental and ecological economics, environmental epistemology, and other fields. He is recognized within the field of economics (Who’s Who in Economics, Millennium Edition, and The Changing Face of Economics: Conversations with Cutting Edge Economists 2004) and the field of ecological economics (Kenneth E. Boulding Award, 2006) for both his critiques of and contributions to economics even while he spends most of his time working across disciplinary ways of understanding. The American Association for the Advancement of Science elected Norgaard to the status of “Fellow” in 2007. His research emphasizes how the resolution of complex socio-environmental problems challenges modern beliefs about science and policy and explores development as a process of coevolution between social and environmental systems. His writing is informed through work on energy, environment, and development issues with different periods of his career emphasizing Alaska, Brazil, and California.
Norgaard served on the 5th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and, until 2010, on the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme. He was actively engaged with the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Norgaard chaired (2010-13) and continues to serve on the Independent Science Board of the Delta Stewardship Council of the State of California.