Environmental Economics Research topics

A broad field of research topics are studied in the field of (i) agriculture and food, (ii) energy, (iii) sustainable production; (iv) safety and security.

A sustainable, efficient farming sector which uses safe, clean and environmentally friendly production methods is a necessity. We analyse the sustainability performance of farms considering externalities and the provision of ecosystem services and/or public goods. The economic impact of climate change on agriculture and the benefits of climate change adaptation is estimated. We study different agricultural systems in different regions (Europe, Ethiopia, Iran, South Africa).

Energy use is one of the corner stones of modern industrialized society. Traditional generation technologies have proven to have detrimental impact on the environment, making novel approaches to energy generation and consumption necessary. To that end, we study the supply and demand of energy in societies. More specific, we investigate the economics of micro-grids, demand response programs, the biobased economy, and clean technologies such as renewable energy .

Sustainable production can be defined as production in a manner that is socially beneficial, economically viable and environmentally benign over their whole life cycle. The development of clean technologies and closing loops in industrial ecosystems (circular economy) is essential. We study the economic and sustainability performance of environmental technologies and enhanced waste management solutions (including enhanced landfill mining, deep sea mining).  

We investigate safety and security topics within (multi-)organizational and regulatory contexts, from an engineering (technological), economic (organizational), and human (social) perspective. We study the way safety and security technology/software, how inherent safety can be achieved, collaboration within industrial parks, and decision-making regarding options characterized with high uncertainties and extremely low probabilities (e.g. terrorist attacks in chemical clusters or domino effects in the process industries).