Focus areas: International cooperation, global public goods, climate change, ocean governance, infectious diseases

Scott Barrett is a leading scholar on transnational and global challenges, ranging from climate change to disease eradication. His research focuses on how institutions like customary law and treaties can be used to promote international cooperation.

He has advised a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was previously a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Academic Panel to the Department of Environment in the UK.

Barrett previously taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where he also directed the International Policy program. Before that, he was on the faculty of the London Business School. He has also held visiting positions at Yale, Princeton, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, and École Polytechnique.

Barrett is a research fellow with the Beijer Institute (Stockholm), CESifo (Munich), and the Kiel Institute of World Economics.

Research & Publications

February 2017|Journal of the European Economics Association|Scott Barrett, Astrid Dannenberg
October 2016|Science|Scott Barrett, Karine Nyborg

Social Norms as Solutions: Policies May Influence Large-Scale Behavioral Tipping

September 2016|Global Public Goods|Scott Barrett

Critical Factors for Providing Transnational Public Goods

September 2016|Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences|Scott Barrett
June 2016|Climatic Change|Scott Barrett, Astrid Dannenberg
May 2016|Global Policy|Scott Barrett

Collective Action to Avoid Catastrophe: When Countries Succeed, When they Fail, and Why

July 2014|Nature Climate Change|Scott Barrett, Astrid Dannenberg
June 2013|The Royal Society B|Scott Barrett
October 2009|Journal of Economic Perspectives|Scott Barrett
October 2009|Economics: The Open Assessment, Open Access E-Journal|Scott Barrett
October 2009|Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination|Scott Barrett, Bruno Moonen, Jim Tulloch, Dean T. Jamison
July 2009|Health Affairs|Scott Barrett
October 2008|Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements|Scott Barrett
October 2008|Oxford Review of Economic Policy|Scott Barrett
October 2007|Oxford University Press|Scott Barrett

Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods

October 2005|Scott Barrett

Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making