Roy Brouwer

Roy Brouwer

Office: EIT 3003

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. In the department of Economics I teach the course Water Resource Economics.


Before joining the department of Economics at the University of Waterloo, I was head of the department Environmental Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I worked 5 years outside academic research as economist in the Dutch Water Ministry where I was responsible for the economic underpinning of (inter)national water policy in areas such as climate change and flood control, water quality improvement, urban water management and river restoration. Since 1 January 2016 I am the Executive Director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo where I also lead the Water Economics Research Group. In 2018 I was awarded a University Research Chair for my work in the field of Water Resource Economics and in 2021 I received the Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Research. I am a member of the External Advisory Board of the Vienna Technical University's Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems and the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, and I am the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Water Resources and Economics.

Selected publications