Stanford business school hires Bård Harstad as political economy professor

Stanford has named Bård Harstad as a professor of political economy at the university’s Graduate School of Business.

He started work in the role on May 9, and was previously a visiting professor at Harvard University and MIT.

Much of Harstad’s research focuses on environmental economics, including the economics of carbon emissions regulation and carbon markets.

He is also a professor of economics at the University of Oslo and continues in this role while taking up the appointment at Stanford. 

Prior academic appointments include as an associate faculty member at the Toulouse School of Economics and as an associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management. 

Commenting on his appointment on Twitter, Harstad said: “I have started as professor of political economy at Stanfard. Three factors made the offer impossible to refuse: I) @StanfordGSB (where I will be based) teaches the most ambitious and entrepreneurial business leaders in the world, so if there is an opportunity to influence some of their minds, I take it! II) Stanford is now establishing Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability @stanforddoerr, thanks to the largest ever contribution to a new economic school. This creates enormous possibilities for sustainability education and research.”

He added: “III) My personal goal @Stanford will be to strengthen the link between the two: Business education must be sustainable, and sustainability students must learn business/economics for them to have real-world impact.”