Focus areas: Economic theory, resource and environmental economics

Geoffrey Heal is the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Columbia Business School, and is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource ad environmental economics.

Author of eighteen books and about 200 articles, he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, recipient of its prize for publications of enduring quality and a Life Fellow, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency and a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Recent books include Nature and the Marketplace, Valuing the Future and When Principles Pay. He chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services, was a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, and is a Director of Petromin Holdings PNG Ltd., co-founded and Chairs the Advisory Board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and was a member of President Sarkozy's Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.  He has been a principal in two start-up companies, one a consulting firm and the other in software and telecommunications.

Professor Heal earned his first class honors BA from Churchill College, University of Cambridge from where he also received his PhD in 1968. From 1966 to 1967 he was a Flood fellow at University of California, Berkeley. From 1969 to 1973 he served as the director of dtudies in economics at Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1973 to 1980 he was a professor of economics at University of Sussex, followed by a three-year appointment as a professor of economics at the same university. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Stanford University, Université de Paris XII, Princeton University, University of Stockholm, Institute for Mathematics and Applications at University of Minnesota, University of Siena, and Université de Paris X Nanterre.