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Charles Perrings

Charles Perrings

Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Dr. Perrings' research interests in environmental, resource, and ecological economics include the modeling of dynamical ecological-economic systems, the management of environmental public goods under uncertainty, and the environmental implications of economic development. His applied research focuses on the economics of biodiversity change, and on freshwater and marine resources. He is a past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, a society formed to bring together the insights of the ecological and economic sciences to aid understanding and management of environmental problems. He co-chairs the ecoSERVICES Core Project of Diversitas, the international program of biodiversity science, and is a member of the Earth Systems Science Partnership. At ASU he directs the ecoSERVICES Group. Dr. Perrings teaches courses in sustainable resource allocation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, intellectual issues (IGERT), and the economics of natural-resource systems.


  • Henry Chapman Fellow, University of London, 1982
  • PhD, Economic History, University of London, 1976
  • BA, University of London, 1973


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Journal Articles


Morin, B., A. P. Kinzig, S. A. Levin and C. K. Perrings. 2018. Economic incentives in the socially optimal management of infectious disease: When R0 is not enough. EcoHealth 15(2):274-289. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-017-1270-9. (link )

Shanafelt, D. W., J. Clobert, E. P. Fenichel, M. E. Hochberg, A. Kinzig, M. Loreau, P. A. Marquet and C. Perrings. 2018. Species dispersal and biodiversity in human-dominated metacommunities. Journal of Theoretical Biology 457(Nov):199-210. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2018.08.041. (link )


Huang, B., J. K. Abbott, E. P. Fenichel, R. Muneepeerakul, C. Perrings and L. Gerber. 2017. Testing the feasibility of a hypothetical whaling-conservation permit market in Norway. Conservation Biology 31(4):809-817. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12916. (link )

Wu, T., C. Perrings, A. Kinzig, J. P. Collins, B. A. Minteer and P. Daszak. 2017. Economic growth, urbanization, globalization, and the risks of emerging infectious diseases in China: A review. Ambio 46(1):18-29. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0809-2. (link )

Yoo, J. and C. Perrings. 2017. Modeling the short-run costs of changes in water availability in a desert city: A modified input-output approach. International Review of Applied Economics 31(4):549-564. DOI: 10.1080/02692171.2016.1271977. (link )


Morin, B. R., C. Perrings, A. Kinzig and S. Levin. 2015. The social benefits of private infectious disease-risk mitigation. Theoretical Ecology 8(4):467-479. DOI: 10.1007/s12080-015-0262-z. (link )

Simonit, S., J. P. Connors, J. Yoo, A. Kinzig and C. Perrings. 2015. The impact of forest thinning on the reliability of water supply in central Arizona. PLOS One 10(4):e0121596. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121596. (link )


Morin, B. R., C. Perrings, S. Levin and A. Kinzig. 2014. Disease risk mitigation: The equivalence of two selective mixing strategies on aggregate contact patterns and resulting epidemic spread. Journal of Theoretical Biology 363(Dec):262-270. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.07.037. (link )

Perrings, C., C. Castillo-Chavez, G. Chowell, P. Daszak, E. P. Fenichel, D. Finnoff, R. D. Horan, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. P. Kinzig, N. V. Kuminoff, S. Levin, B. Morin, K. F. Smith and M. Springborn. 2014. Merging economics and epidemiology to improve the prediction and management of infectious disease. EcoHealth 11(4):464-475. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0963-6. (link )

Perrings, C., A. Kinzig and G. Halkos. 2014. Sustainable development in an N-rich, N-poor world. Ambio 43(7):891-905. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-013-0488-1. (link )

Yoo, J., S. Simonit, J. P. Connors, A. P. Kinzig and C. Perrings. 2014. The valuation of off-site ecosystem service flows: Deforestation, erosion and the amenity value of lakes in Prescott, Arizona. Ecological Economics 97(Jan):74-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.11.001. (link )

Yoo, J., S. Simonit, A. P. Kinzig and C. K. Perrings. 2014. Estimating the price elasticity of residential water demand: The case of Phoenix, Arizona. Appled Economic Perspectives and Policy 36(2):333-350. DOI: 10.1093/aepp/ppt054. (link )


Larson, E. K. and C. K. Perrings. 2013. The value of water-related amenities in an arid city: The case of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Landscape and Urban Planning 109(1):45-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2012.10.008. (link )

Maliszewski, P., E. K. Larson and C. K. Perrings. 2013. Valuing the reliability of electrical power infrastructure: A two-stage hedonic approach. Urban Studies 50(1):72-87. DOI: 10.1177/0042098012450482. (link )

Yoo, J., S. Simonit, J. P. Connors, P. J. Maliszewski, A. P. Kinzig and C. Perrings. 2013. The value of agricultural water rights in agricultural properties in the path of development. Ecological Economics 91(Jul):57-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.03.024. (link )


Cardinale, B. J., J. E. Duffy, A. Gonzalez, D. U. Hooper, C. Perrings, P. Venail, A. Narwani, G. M. Mace, D. Tilman, D. A. Wardle, A. P. Kinzig, G. C. Daily, M. Loreau, J. B. Grace, A. Larigauderie, D. S. Srivastava and S. Naeem. 2012. Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity. Nature 486(Jun):59-67. DOI: 10.1038/nature11148. (link )

Maliszewski, P. J., E. K. Larson and C. K. Perrings. 2012. Environmental determinants of unscheduled residential outages in the electrical power distribution of Phoenix, Arizona. Reliability Engineering & System Safety 99:161-171. (link )


Kinzig, A. P., C. K. Perrings, F. S. Chapin III, S. Polasky, V. K. Smith, D. Tilman and B. L. Turner II. 2011. Paying for ecosystem services—promise and peril. Science 334:603-604. DOI: 10.1126/science.1210297. (link )

Perrings, C., S. Naeem, F. S. Ahrestani, D. E. Bunker, P. Burkill, G. Canziani, T. Elmqvist, J. A. Fuhrman, F. M. Jaksic, Z. Kawabata, A. Kinzig, G. M. Mace, H. A. Mooney, A. Prieur-Richard, J. Tschirhart and W. Weisser. 2011. Ecosystem services, targets, and indicators for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9(9):512-520. DOI: 10.1890/100212. (link )

Book Chapters


Perrings, C. K. and A. P. Kinzig. 2018. Chapter 2 - Ecology and economics in the science of anthropogenic biosphere change. Pp. 61-84 In: Dasgupta, P., S. K. Pattanayak and V. K. Smith eds., Handbook of Environmental Economics. Vol 4. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/bs.hesenv.2018.03.002. (link )


Kinzig, A. P. and C. K. Perrings. 2014. Consumption, stability, and sustainability in social-ecological systems. Pp. 97-116 In: Southerton, D. and A. Ulph eds., Consumption: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives in Honour of Professor Sir Patha Dasgupta. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 978-0199679355.


Dasgupta, P., A. P. Kinzig and C. K. Perrings. 2013. The value of biodiversity. Pp. 167-169 In: Levin, S. A. ed., The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition. Elsevier. ISBN: 9780123847195.



Larson, E. K. and C. K. Perrings. 2008. Valuing the environment in metropolitan Phoenix. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )


Kapoor, M. L., A. P. Kinzig and C. K. Perrings. 2007. The CAP LTER ecosystem services assessment: Preliminary findings and next steps. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )


Kapoor, M. L., A. P. Kinzig and C. K. Perrings. 2006. The CAP LTER ecosystem services assessment: An interdisciplinary pilot study. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Redman, C. L., C. K. Perrings, L. Murphy, B. L. Shears and L. H. Kuby. 2006. School of Sustainability: A new approach to education. Poster presented at the September 20-23 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO.



Larson, E. K. and C. K. Perrings. 2008. Valuing the environment in metropolitan Phoenix: A hedonic pricing approach. Presentation at the February 1 meeting of Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Science Research Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe.


Perrings, C. K. 2007. Sustainability in coupled social-ecological systems: Integrating ecological and economic science for the management of global change. San Jose McEnery Conference Center. Presentation at the August 6-10, 2007 Ecological Restoration in a Changing World at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America held with the Society for Ecological Restoration 18th International Conference, San Jose, CA.

Conference Papers


Perrings, C. K., E. K. Larson and P. J. Maliszewski. 2011. Valuing the resilience of the electrical power infrastructure. Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE Power Systems Conference and Exposition IEEE/PES, 20-23 March 2011, Phoenix, AZ. (link )