Duncan Knowler

Professor Emeritus

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  • BA, Economics, University of Alberta
  • MA, Economics, University of Alberta
  • PhD, Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, University of York, U.K.


Duncan Knowler is an ecological/environmental economist with extensive experience in the environment and development field. His research interests include the economics of natural resource management in developing countries, valuation of environmental resources and applied bioeconomic modeling. His research has included studies of nutrient enrichment and commercial fisheries in the Black Sea, the economics of invading species, the prospects for community wildlife management in Nepal and Mexico, the sustainability of shrimp-mangrove systems in India and valuing the preservation of fish spawning and spotted owl habitat in Western Canada.

He has been involved in a number of overseas research and project preparation studies, including biodiversity-related work for the World Bank in Nepal, tribal development in India, and integrated pest management in Indonesia. He has prepared studies for the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD), the Ramsar Convention, and several studies on sustainable agriculture for FAO, including a background paper for FAO’s World Food Summit Five Year Review, held in 2002.

Prior to returning to the academic world, he was employed with FAO in Rome, where he was involved in natural resource management-related project work in developing countries in cooperation with host governments and financing institutions.

Duncan’s recent reports, presentations and publications include:

Dr. Knowler teaches Ecological Economics (REM 621), and Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management (REM 200).


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.