Robert Richardson

Robert  Richardson
  • Professor
  • Associate Chair
  • Community Sustainability
  • 480 Wilson Road
  • Room 305
  • East Lansing MI 48824-1222
  • 517-355-9533



Dr. Robert Richardson is an ecological economist at Michigan State University with interests in the study of the environment and development, particularly the contribution of ecosystem services to socioeconomic well-being. His research, teaching, and outreach program focuses primarily on sustainable development, and he uses a variety of methods from the behavioral and social sciences to study decision-making about the use of natural resources and the values of ecosystem services. He has conducted research related to agricultural-environmental linkages, household food and energy security, and tradeoffs in decision-making about environmental management in southern and eastern Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia, as well as in the USA. His work has been published in Ecological Economics, Environment and Development Economics, and World Development.


  • Ecological economics
  • Sustainability