Paul Ferraro


Paul Ferraro is the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies 2015–16

Paul J Ferraro was awarded his PhD from Cornell and is currently the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Ferraro has a joint faculty appointment in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Carey Business School, and is the Co-Director of the Center for Behavioural and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR).  He is a leader in evidence-based environmental policy, with a focus on incorporating insights from the behavioral sciences into policy design and on estimating policy impacts on the environment and human welfare.  Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field. Ferraro received his PhD from Cornell University, and is the winner of the 2012 Cozzarelli Prize for outstanding article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the 2010 Georgia State University Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar, the Kathyrn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Visiting Scientist, a Senior Science Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, and a former science advisor to the Global Environment Facility.  He serves on the editorial boards of Conservation Letters, Land Economics and Environmental Evidence, and his research appears in a variety of outlets, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society,  American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,  and the American Journal of Political Science.  Ferraro has worked internationally on ecosystem management and economic development initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union.



About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies has been made possible by the generous support of Tellus Mater Foundation who sponsor the Humanitas Visiting Professorships at CRASSH.

Over its 5 year duration, the Visiting Professorship will touch on a diverse range of topics relating to sustainability studies, ranging from the environment and behaviour, to policy and economics.

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies is organised in collaboration with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership. 

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Sustainability Studies

2014-15  Johan Rockström

2013-14: Gretchen Daily

Standing Committee

Mike Rands (Excecutive Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative)
William Sutherland (Zoology)
Bhaskar Vira (Geography)

Hosting College

Trinity Hall


Humanitas Sustainability Studies


August 2015 - June 2016