Judith Kildow, PhD

About Judith Kildow

Judith T. Kildow, PhD, is founding Director of the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) (www.OceanEconomics.org), retired from the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, and now serves as an Advisory Council Member and editorial board member for their Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics. Dr. Kildow has an AB in Political Science from Grinnell College and a PhD. in International Relations and Science Policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She began her career at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as Associate Director of the Center for Marine Affairs. For the next 40+ year she dedicated her life, working mostly with scientists and engineers, teaching and doing research to provide evidence that oceans and coasts are valuable and need protection and conservation. She spent 25+ years on the faculty at MIT, in the Department of Ocean Engineering, was Senior Social Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, James W. Rote Distinguished Professor, California State University Monterey Bay, Research Faculty/Senior Fellow at Harvard University, University of Southern California and University of Vermont. She was a member of The Presidential Commission, NACOA, has served on National Academy of Sciences boards and committees, on federal and state government, corporate and editorial boards, and has published and lectured widely in the fields of coastal and ocean policy and economics. More recently, she has keynoted talks in China, Korea, Italy, Ireland, France and England, and throughout the US, about the value of oceans and coasts and the high risks from climate change impacts to our shores. Her current focus is the Sustainable Blue Economy, manifestations of its global spread and how the Arctic could be the model for strategic thinking in understanding how to confront the economic impacts of climate change.