A past President of the Royal Economic Society (1998-2001), Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and Professor of Environmental and Development Economics at the University of Manchester. His books include Economics : A Very Short Introduction, Human Well-being and the Natural Environment and An Inquiry into Well-being and Destitution. Sir Partha was born in Dhaka and educated at Varanasi, Delhi, and Cambridge. His research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, and the economics of undernutrition. Professor Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor in the 2002 Queen’s birthday honours list for ‘services to economics’; He is President-elect (2010) of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.