Stanton has led domestic and international studies commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme, Friends of the Earth-U.K. and Environmental Defense, and co-authored dozens of reports with Frank Ackerman and others on topics including the cost of inaction on climate change; the economics of emissions-reduction targets, and the balance of science, policy and equity in global climate protection. Stanton led SEI-US work on the Consumption-Based Emissions Inventory (CBEI) model, several studies of the cost of climate inaction, and a state-by-state analysis of the impacts of climate legislation. She also served on the Climate Taskforce of Economics for Equity and Environment (the E3 Network).
Before joining SEI, Stanton was engaged in research on environmental economics and globalization at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) of Tufts University. Stanton was previously an editor and researcher at the Political Economy Research Institute and program director of the Center for Popular Economics, both at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Stanton is co-author of Environment for the People (Political Economy Research Institute, 2005, with James K. Boyce) and co-editor of Reclaiming Nature: Worldwide Strategies for Building Natural Assets (Anthem Press, 2007, with Boyce and Sunita Narain). She earned her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has taught economics at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, among others.