Graciela Chichilnisky

UNESCO Chair of Mathematics and Economics
Director, Program on Information and Resources
Columbia University

Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley, 1971
Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1976

Professor Chilchilnisky's Curriculum Vitae

Professor Chichilnisky received the 1995 Lief Johansen Award from the University of Oslo. She introduced the concept of
"basic needs," which was adopted by 150 countries in the UN Agenda 21. At the 1995 meeting of the World Bank, she proposed the global trading of carbon emissions regulated through an International Bank for Environmental Settlements (IBES), which was recently adopted by 166 nations in the Kyoto Protocol. A tenured professor at Columbia since 1980, she previously taught at Harvard, Essex and Stanford Universities and was from 1985-90 chairman and chief executive officer of FITEL, a financial telecommunications corporation active in New York, London and Tokyo.


Professor Chichilnisky is a member of the board of trustees of the National Resources Defense Council and is a member or former member of the editorial boards of many professional journals, including Advances in Applied Mathematics, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Letters, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development and Journal of Development Economics.

Selected Publications:

"Global Environmental Risks" (with G. M. Heal), Journal of Economic Perspectives, Special Issue on the Environment, Fall 1993, p. 65-86.

"North-South Trade and the Global Environment," American Economic Review, Volume 84, No. 4, September 1994, p. 851-874.

"Development and Global Finance: The Case for an International Bank for Environmental Settlements (IBES)", United Nations Development Programme, Office of Development Studies, September 1997.

"The Economic Value of the Earth’s Resources," Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 1996.

"The Knowledge Revolution: Its Impact on Consumption Patterns and Resource Use," Human Development Report, UNDP, 1998.

Selected Books:

The Evolving International Economy (with G. Heal), Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Oil in the International Economy (with G. Heal), Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Critical Essays in Mathematical Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, London, 1998.