Austin Troy

Austin Troy, Ph.D. is an associate professor at University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, with a second appointment in computer science. In addition to teaching, Dr. Troy is a fellow of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics and Co-Principal Investigator of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of the National Science Foundation's two urban long-term ecological research projects. He served as a planning commissioner in Burlington, Vermont and co-founded the environmental consulting firm Spatial Informatics Group.


One of the foremost experts in the study of urban environmental management, Dr. Troy has conducted extensive research in many metropolitan areas and traveled extensively to a wide range of cities around the globe. His research, which focuses on the policy and economics of land use, emphasizes quantitative tools for monitoring and modeling the urban environment. He is particularly interested in addressing problems through the theoretical framework of Ecological Economics, a field of study that questions many of the basic tenets of neoclassical economics, particularly the notion that economic growth can be continued indefinitely though the substitution of technology for natural resources.


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Published work

The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities (January 2012, Yale University Press)