Scott Barrett

Johns Hopkins University


Scott Barrett is professor of environmental economics and international political economy, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

His research is concerned with the interaction between natural and social systems, particularly at the international and global levels. Most of his research focuses on the design of international institutions.

Barrett is particularly well known for his research on international environmental issues, especially negotiating international environmental agreements. He received the Erik Kempe Prize for his research in this area. His book on the subject, Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making, was published by Oxford University Press in 2003. It was released in paperback with a new afterword in November 2005.

In addition to his academic work, Barrett has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, and the European Commission. He is currently an adviser to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods.

Barrett taught previously at the London Business School, and was a research director at CSERGE based at University College London. He received his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

Featured Work

NOV 29, 2007 Podcast

Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods

Deflecting asteroids, eradicating polio, coordinating international time, mitigating climate change--Scott Barrett explains the different incentives and actors needed to supply these global public goods, where ...