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Roy Brouwer


Roy Brouwer.​
Office: EIT 3008
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CV: Roy Brouwer

MSc Agricultural Economics
(Wageningen Agricultural University, NL)

PhD Environmental Economics
(University of East Anglia, UK)

                                                    Areas of specialization:
                                                  Environmental economics,
                                                  Water economics

Research interests

I have a broad interest in environmental economics to support sustainable development and natural resource management in developed and developing countries. My main research interests are in water resource economics, in particular water resource valuation, hydro-economic modelling and water policy instruments.


Before joining the department of Economics at the University of Waterloo, I was head of the department Environmental Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2009-2015). I worked 5 years outside academic research as chief economist in the Dutch Water Ministry (2000-2004) where I was responsible for the economic underpinning of (inter)national water policy in areas such as climate change and flood risks, water quality, urban water management and river restoration. Since 1 January 2016 I’m the Executive Director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo. I’m furthermore a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology in Zürich (, member of the External Advisory Board of the Vienna Technical University Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems (www. and Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Water Resources and Economics (

Selected publications

  • Koetse, M. and Brouwer, R. (2016). Reference dependence effects on WTA and WTP value functions and their isparity. Environmental and Resource Economics, 65(4): 723-745.
  • Dekker, T., Hess, S. Brouwer, R., Hofkes, M. (2016). Decision uncertainty in multi-attribute stated preference studies. Resource and Energy Economics, 43: 57-73.
  • Ndambiri, H., Brouwer, R., Mungatana, E. (2016). Comparing welfare estimates across stated preference and uncertainty elicitation formats for air quality improvements in Nairobi, Kenya. Environment and Development Economics, 21(5): 649-668.
  • Mattmann, M., Logar, I. and Brouwer, R. (2016). Hydropower externalities: a meta-analysis. Energy Economics, 57: 66-77.
  • Tesfaye, A. and Brouwer, R. (2016). Exploring the scope for transboundary collaboration in the Blue Nile river basin: assessing downstream willingness to pay for upstream land use change to improve irrigation water supply. Environment and Development Economics, 21(2): 180-204.
  • Levin-Koopman, J., Kuik, O., Tol, R.S.J., Brouwer, R. (2015). Water scarcity from climate change and adaptation response in an international river basin context. Climate Change Economics, 6(1): doi: 10.1142/S2010007815500049.
  • Brouwer et al. (2015). Improving value transfer through socio-economic adjustments in a multi-country choice experiment of water conservation alternatives. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 59(3): 458-478.
  • Brouwer, R., Lienhoop, N. and Oosterhuis, F. (2015). Incentivizing afforestation agreements: Institutional-economic conditions and motivational drivers. Journal of Forest Economics, 21(4): 205-222.
  • Brouwer, R. et al. (2015). Comparing willingness to pay for improved drinking water quality using stated preference methods in rural and urban Kenya. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 13(1): 81-94.
  • Kahsay, T., Kuik, O., Brouwer, R., van der Zaag, P. (2015). Estimation of the transboundary economic impacts of the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam: A computable general equilibrium analysis. Water Resources and Economics, 10: 14-30.
  • Dekker, T., Koster, P., Brouwer, R. (2014). Changing with the tide: semi-parametric estimation of preference dynamics. Land Economics, 90(4): 717-745.
  • Phan, T.D., Brouwer, R. and Davidson, M. (2014). The economic costs of avoided deforestation in the developing world: A meta-analysis. Journal of Forest Economics, 20(1): 1-16.
  • Schaafsma, M., Brouwer, R., Liekens, I. and Denocker, L. (2014). Temporal stability of preferences and willingness to pay for natural areas in choice experiments: A test-retest. Resource and Energy Economics, 38:243-260.
  • van der Kroon, B., Brouwer, R. and van Beukering, P. (2014). The impact of the household decision environment on fuel choice behavior, Energy Economics, 44; 236–247.
  • Brouwer, R. et al. (2014). Modeling demand for catastrophic flood risk insurance in coastal zones in Vietnam using choice experiments. Environment and Development Economics, 19: 228-249.
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