Dale S. Rothman, PhD

Dr. Rothman is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School for International Studies, University of Denver. His work focuses on global long-term interactions between the environment and human development.


  • BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • PhD Cornell University, Department of Agricultural Economics

Dale S. Rothman is an Associate Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Faculty Affiliate with the Pardee Center for International Futures. Dale oversaw the development of the fourth volume in the PPHP Series, Building Global Infrastructure, and also contributed to the third volume, Improving Global Health. He is also currently working with using IFs in the context of the development of shared socio-economic pathways (SSPs) as part of an international process of developing new scenarios for climate change research.

Dale has been pursuing research and teaching in the areas of integrated assessment and ecological economics for two decades. He has held positions in the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. His recent research has focused on the application of scenario analysis and other foresight tools to issues of sustainable development at multiple scales. He coordinated the scenario development for the fourth Global Environmental Outlook and has also been involved in more specific work on the impacts of climate change, the environmental Kuznets' curve hypothesis, and sustainability indicators. He has a strong interest in addressing issues of agency versus structure to better understand the interplay between natural and social systems and exploring in depth the potential for agent-based modeling for this purpose. Dale is formerly the vice-president of The Integrated Assessment Society and is currently a member of the University of Denver's Sustainability Council.

Office Phone: 01-303-871-2373

Email: dale.rothman@du.edu