Dr. Judith Kildow is Founder and Director Emeritus of the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) (www.OceanEconomics.org), a driving force behind the creation of 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 28 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 Ph. D. in International Relations and Science Policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Dr. Kildow resides along the coast in Booth Bay Harbor Maine.

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. 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.

Since retirement from the CBE, Dr. Kildow continues her role as Center for the Blue Economy Advisory Council member.  Her other current activities include 1)Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Board of Trustees member, 2) Lead Expert, UN High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, and several editorial boards.

She currently spends most of her time in Booth Bay Harbor Maine, where she lives with her husband.



Areas of Interest

  • Ocean and coastal economics
  • Coastal management
  • Marine and science policy
  • Ocean Climate Crisis

Recent Research

  • Ocean Workforce and Higher Education
  • Potential Role of Artificial Intelligence in Ocean Research


Academic Degrees

The Fletcher School, Tufts University:

Ph.D International Relations and Science Policy, 1972

The Fletcher School, Tufts University:

M.A.in Law and Diplomacy, 1964

Grinnel College

B.A. in Political Science, 1964


Judith Kildow and Jason Scorse (CBE Director) “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 (Visiting Scholar) “The Gap between Science and Policy: Assessing the Use of Non-market Valuation in Estuarine Management,” Ocean and Coastal Management, Elsevier Press (2014)

Judith Kildow and Matthew Nichols (2014 OCRM grad) The Political Economy of Oil Spill Damage Assessment: NRDA and Deepwater Horizon, CBE working paper (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)