Center for the Blue Economy Professional education and research to promote ocean and coastal sustainability

Judith Kildow

Director, National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP)

Dr. Judith Kildow is founder and Director of the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP), in the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. Her field of interest bridges science, economics and policy, identifying how economic activities and ocean changes affect each other and influence policies.

She spent 25+ years as a professor at MIT, tenured 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. 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 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. Recently, she has traveled to China, Korea, Italy, France and England, and throughout the US, invited to speak about the value of oceans and coasts and the necessity to prepare for impacts from Climate Changes to our shores.

She currently shares her time between Monterey, California and Dallas, Texas where she lives with her husband and dog Lily.


Economics of ocean and coastal resources, climate change, coastal management


Ph.D. in International Relations and Science Policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Recent Publications

Judith Kildow and Jason Scorse, “Ecosystem Services and their Economic and Social Value,” chapter in Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management, Taylor and Francis Publishers, 2014

Judith Kildow and Jing Guo, “The Gap between Science and Policy: Assessing the Use of Non-market Valuation in Estuarine Management,” an article in Ocean and Coastal Management, Elsevier Press, 2014

Kildow, Colgan, Scorse, Johnston, and Nichols:  The State of the US Ocean and Coastal Economy, National Ocean Economics Report, Center for the Blue Economy, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2014

“Economic Impacts,” Chapter 7.2 in Climate Change In The Farallones-Cordell Ocean Ecosystem, K. Higgason and B. Cheng. editors. 2010.

“The Utility of Economic Indicators to Promote Policy-Relevant Science for Climate Change Decisions,” in World Fisheries: a social-ecological analysis, Ommer, Cocharane, Cury and Perry, editors. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010.