Title: Environmental Economist
Company: The Ohio State University
Location: Dublin, Ohio, United States
Alan Randall, Ph.D., Environmental Economist at the Ohio State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental economics and higher education.
Drawing upon more than 45 years of practiced experience in economics, environmental studies and higher education, Dr. Randall is a prominent figure in his profession whose expertise is unparalleled. Enrolling in an agricultural science program in Sydney, Australia, as a youth, he gravitated toward economics as a course of study. As such, he earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Sydney in 1965, followed by a Master of Science in agricultural economics from the university in 1969. Relocating to the United States soon thereafter, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from Oregon State University in 1970.
Dr. Randall commenced his career in 1970 as an assistant professor at New Mexico State University, holding the role for four years before transferring to the University of Kentucky, where he progressed from assistant professor to full professor between 1974 and 1985. During this time, he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the University of New England. From 1985 to 2010, he served as a professor at the Ohio State University, where he has since earned the rank of professor emeritus. During his tenure, he served as chair of the department of agricultural, environmental and development economics for 12 years. From 2011 to 2014, he also served as a professor and department head at the University of Sydney, having since been named an honorary professor. Returning to the Ohio State University in 2014 as an academy professor, he has also served as a resident scholar since 2015.
A prolific author, Dr. Randall has written “Resource Economics” in 1981, “Valuation of Wildlands” in 1984, “Making the Environment Count” in 1999, and “Risk and Precaution” in 2011. Most recently, he authored the fourth edition of “Resource Economics,” which was published in 2016. For his outstanding articles in professional publications, he has received myriad awards from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
The former president and director of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Dr. Randall has also maintained fellowships with the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the American Agricultural Economics Association, where he served as former director and foundation president. Notably, he has sat as chair of several review panels and committees with the National Research Council Panel in Washington, DC, having also been a member of the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology Panel.
In light of his many accomplishments, Dr. Randall received honorary doctorates from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Sydney. In addition, the Ohio State University named him a University Distinguished Scholar in 1997 and honored him with the University Award for Distinguished Faculty Service in 1999. However, he cites the highlight of his career to be when he and a group of fellow environmental economists worked on several major sites that were damaged by hazardous pollution and oil spills. Helping to document the claims, he and his group were able to aid in the restoration of more than $2 billion in compensation to public agencies that would restore those resources.
Married to Beverley Ann Hathaway Randall since 1966, Dr. Randall is the proud father of two children. In his spare time, he enjoys horse breeding and training, as well as traveling. Impressively, he has been highlighted in Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the World.
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