Areas of Interest:

  • Domestic and International Climate Change Policy
  • Environmental Policy Implementation
  • Carbon Sequestration Economics and Law
  • Energy Law
  • U.S. Forest Service Organizational Design and Management

Dr. Kenneth Richards is an economics and law scholar specializing in environmental economics and the selection and design of environmental policy tools including environmental taxes, carbon offsets, marketable allowances, public information campaigns, regulation, and subsidies.

His work includes the first analysis of the cost-effectiveness of forest carbon sequestration, the first work on the time-value of carbon emissions reductions, and some of the earliest work on institutions to support terrestrial carbon sequestration (predating REDD)

His research interests include climate change policy, policy implementation, and terrestrial and geological carbon sequestration. He has taught courses in energy law, climate change law, administrative law, environmental economics, public management economics, cost-benefit analysis, applied math, and public management and administration.

Research: Carbon sequestration economics & law; Climate change policy; Energy law; Environmental policy

Research Area:

  • Human Environment Interaction and Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy and Management

Areas: Environmental and natural resource policy; trisectoral sustainability cooperation


  • International Affairs & Development
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management
  • Sustainability & Sustainable Development
  • Energy Policy
Past Affiliations
Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Policy, Law, Law, Public Administration, Political Science
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Public Policy and Management, 1997
JD, University of Pennsylvania, Law, 1997
MS, Northwestern University, Civil Engineering, 1984
BS, Northwestern University, Civil Engineering, 1983
BA, Duke University, Botany and Chemistry, 1979
forestry and woodlands economics economic theory energy economics economics of research and development economics studies - developing countries environmental planning or policy decision sciences energy planning or policy climate change