Edward B. Barbier is the John S Bugas Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming. His main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has served as a consultant and policy analyst for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the OECD and the World Bank. Professor Barbier is on the editorial boards of several leading economics and natural science journals, and he appears in the 4th edition of Who's Who in Economics. In 2008, he was named by Cambridge University as one of the 50 most influential thinkers on sustainability in the world, and among his honors and awards, he has received the 1991 Mazzotti Prize (Italy) for contributions to economics and ecology. Professor Barbier has authored over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 22 books, and published in popular journals and media. He is consistently ranked among the top cited environmental economists globally (, and Google Scholar lists him as currently having 35,512 citations to his scholarly works, including 14,779 since 2011. Professor Barbier was elected as a 2015 Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Professor Barbier's books include Blueprint for a Green Economy (with David Pearce and Anil Markandya, 1989), Natural Resources and Economic Development (2005), A Global Green New Deal (2010), Scarcity and Frontiers: How Economies Have Developed Through Natural Resource Exploitation (2011), Capitalizing on Nature: Ecosystems as Natural Assets (2011), A New Blueprint for a Green Economy (with Anil Markandya, 2012), and Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcities and Inequality (2015).