Bryan Norton

Professor Emeritus

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Fax Number:404-385-0504
Office Location: DM Smith 103


Dr. Bryan Norton is a Professor of Philosophy in the School of Public Policy. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1970, specializing in the philosophy of science and conceptual change in, and across, scientific disciplines. He writes on inter-generational equity, sustainability theory, bio-diversity policy and on valuation methods. His specialty is the integration of spatio-temporal scaling considerations into sustainability criteria. He is currently working to develop a flexible notion of sustainability that recognizes the challenges of rapidly changing climate.

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Philosophy, 1970
  • BA, University of Michigan, Political Science, 1966
Awards and
  • Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006.
  • Gilbert White Fellow, Resources for the Future, 1985-56 (one-year Research Fellowship in residence at Resources, for the Future, Washington, D.C.)
  • Graduated with Distinction, and Honors in Political Science, U. of Mich.,1966
Areas of
  • Biodiversity Policy
  • Conservation History
  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Decision Making
  • Philosophy Of Conservation Biology
  • Sustainability Theory
  • Thought Of Aldo Leopold


Research Fields:
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • North America
  • United States
  • Environment
  • International Development


  • PHIL-4176: Environmental Ethics
  • PST-4110: Theories of Knowledge
  • PUBP-3600: Sustain,Tech & Policy
  • PUBP-6327: Sustainability & Env Pol
  • PUBP-8540: Adv Environmental Policy

Selected Publications

Journal Articles