Matt Burgess is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, an Affiliate Faculty in Economics, and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Matt’s research focuses on three areas: (i) understanding the future of economic growth and its implications for climate change and society; (ii) understanding and reducing political polarization of environmental issues; and (iii) using mathematics to understand and predict how complex human-environment systems behave.
In addition to his research and teaching, Matt is also engaged with local, national, and international efforts to reduce political polarization, and promote open inquiry and viewpoint diversity on college campuses. He coordinates CU’s Reducing Polarization Dialog series, and will serve as a Benson Center Faculty Fellow in the 2021-2022 academic year. In 2020, Matt received Heterodox Academy’s Open Inquiry Award for Teaching. He actively participates in Heterodox Academy’s economics-focused working group, HxEconomics.
Matt was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He got his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 2009 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Before coming to CU in 2018, he was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Barbara. He currently lives in Lafayette, CO with his wife and two sons, ages 2 and 4.
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