Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute (Columbia University).
His research focuses on transnational and global challenges from climate change to infectious diseases.
He is the author of ‘Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making’ (2005) and ‘Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods’ (2007). Barrett has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, and the European Commission, and was previously a lead author for the IPCC.
A research fellow with the Beijer Institute (Sweden), CESifo (Germany), and the Kiel Institute of World Economics, he is a recipient of the Resources for the Future Dissertation Prize, the Erik Kempe Award, the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (given by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath.