Dr. Kenneth Richards currently serves as professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, affiliated professor at the Maurer School of Law, and affiliated faculty of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. In addition, Dr. Richards co-founded and continues to collaborate with Bloomington-based B-corporation Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute on applied research and consulting projects.
He served as a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore as the Musim Mas Chair in Sustainability at the NUS Business School from 2012 to 2014. He also has significant European experience, having served as a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s James Martin 21st Century School and Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and as co-director of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ IU at Oxford Program.
Dr. Richards has served as an economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also served as national energy planner for the Cook Islands from 1984 to 1986 through the U.S. Peace Corps.
His research interests include sustainability management, climate change policy and environmental policy instrument choice and implementation. He has taught courses in sustainability management, environmental economics, cost-benefit analysis, law and public policy, applied math, climate change science and policy, public management and administration, and public management economics.
Kenneth Richards holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Wharton School and a JD from the Law School, University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MSCE in Urban and Regional Planning and a BSCE in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, and a BA in Botany and Chemistry from Duke University.
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