Dr. John Talberth, President and Senior Economist
John holds a Ph.D. in International and Environmental Economics from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. His areas of expertise include non-market valuation, international trade, public policy, benefit-cost analysis, forest management, sustainable development, sustainability indicators and land use planning. He has published articles in several peer reviewed journals including Ecological Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Natural Resources Journal and Environment, Development and Sustainability as well as several book chapters.
John holds a concurrent position as Senior Economist with World Resource's Institute. At WRI, John lends his economics expertise to advance programs and projects related to the Post-2015 global development agenda, climate change adaptation, ecosystem service markets, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and green infrastructure.
John was the co-founder of Forest Conservation Council in the late 1980s, and has led several grassroots campaigns to secure permanent protection for native forests and wildlands in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, fight urban sprawl, and protect migratory birds. John also co-founded Center for Sustainable Economy in 2000, and has published dozens of reports and studies quantifying the costs and benefits of public policy decisions for CSE’s non-profit and government clients.