Robert (Rob) Hart is a professor of environmental and natural resources economics since 1 May 2018. His inauguration lecture has the title: "Technological progress and the human takeover of spaceship Earth"
Rob Hart's research concerns the development of the global economy in the very long run.
His starting point is that the world, over the last 100 years and more, has witnessed uniquely rapid technological progress, which lies behind economic growth, but also resource use, polluting emissions, and habitat loss.
In his research he explores if economic growth can be maintained, and how to ensure that future growth will not be at the expense of the quality of the Earth's environment or other species.
- Portrait of Robert Hart. Photo: Jenny Svennås-Gillner, SLU