Matthew Burgess
2022-23 Faculty Fellow
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization



Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Program, a faculty affiliate in Economics, and a fellow at the Cooperative Institute in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). His research interests are economic growth futures and their environmental impacts, natural resource management and conservation, mathematical modeling of human-environment systems, and political polarization of environmental issues. Burgess has worked extensively on promoting intellectual diversity and dialog on campus, including organizing the CU Reducing Polarization Dialog series and developing a course (ENVS 3555) that centers these ideals in an environmental context, efforts which were recognized with a 2020 Heterodox Academy Open Inquiry Award. Burgess has a BSc from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. As a faculty fellow, Burgess is interested in exploring “new collaborative programming opportunities around reducing polarization of climate change and environmental issues.”