Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow

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Title: Senior Fellow
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Senior Fellow

Robert Engelman is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. Bob originally joined Worldwatch as Vice President for Programs and was named President in 2011. Prior to joining Worldwatch, he was Vice President for Research at Population Action International, a policy research and advocacy group in Washington, and directed its program on population and the environment. He has written extensively on population's connections to environmental change, economic growth, and civil conflict.

A former newspaper reporter specializing in science and the environment, Bob has served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer and was founding secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is the author of the 2008 book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want, and his writing has appeared in scholarly and news media including Nature, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Bob serves on the boards of Worldwatch Institute Europe and the Nova Institute. He holds a master's of science degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Chicago.



Selected Publications

“An End to Population Growth: Why Family Planning Is Key to a Sustainable Future,” Solutions, May-June, 2011, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 32-41. On-line version April 13, 2011
“Projecting a Gridded Population of the World Using Ratio Methods of Trend Extrapolation,” (with Lee Hachadoorian and Stuart R. Gaffin), Human Population: Its Influence on Biological Diversity, 2011, Richard P. Cincotta and Larry J. Gorenflo (eds.), Heidelberg: Springer.

Population, Climate Change, and Women’s Lives, Worldwatch Report 183, November 2010, Washington: Worldwatch Institute.

State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World, 2009, project co-director and chapter author and co-author, New York: Norton.

“Population & Sustainability,” Summer 2009, Scientific American Earth 3.08, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 22-29.

“Introduction: Climate, People, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystems,” with Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller, Ronald G. Prinn, John Ke. Pinnegar and Nicolas V. C. Polunin, chapter in Nicholas V. C. Polunin, ed., Aquatic Ecosystems: Trends and Global Prospects, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want, 2008, Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

“The Many, The Voracious, and the Lethally Successful: The Influence of Human Population and Consumption on Biodiversity,” in John A. Riggs, ed., Conserving Biodiversity: The Report of an Aspen Institute Environmental Policy Forum, Washington: The Aspen Institute, 2004.

The Security Demographic: Population and Civil Conflict After the Cold War, with Richard P. Cincotta (first author) and Daniele Anastasion, Population Action International, 2003.

"Human Population in the Biodiversity Hotspots," Nature 404: 990-992, 27 April 2000, with Richard P. Cincotta (first author) and Jennifer Wisnewski.

 “The Premises of Population Policy: A Response,” in Michael Cromartie, ed., The Nine Lives of Population Control, Washington, DC: The Ethics and Public Policy Center and Eerdmans, 1995.