Newsletter No 2 July 2012

Roy Brouwer chief editor of new journal Water Resources & Economics

eeA new journal, Water Resources & Economics, was launched on the 1st of May by Elsevier. Its editor in chief is IVM department head Prof Roy Brouwer. The journal aims to fill a significant gap in the environmental and resource economics literature, by focusing on the rapidly growing field of water economics.

For the purpose of sustainable water resources management, the assessment of the multiple connections between water resources and the economy is crucial. The journal Water Resources & Economics targets economists, natural scientists and engineers. It addresses the financial and economic dimensions affecting the use of water resources, be it water extraction, pollution or allocation, across different economic sectors like agriculture, energy, industry and urban water supply as well as between local, regional and transboundary river basins. Water Resources & Economics aims to contribute to the further scientific development of integrated hydro-economic modelling, water resources valuation, water policy instruments, water markets, and the economics of public water supply, sanitation and waste water treatment in developed and developing regions.

International editorial board

The journal’s international Editorial Board consists of leading economists in the field of sustainable fresh and marine water resources management. Dr. Erik Ansink, also from the Department of Environmental Economics, VU University Amsterdam, has been appointed as the journal’s Managing Editor. The members of the Editorial Board, together with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, cover a wide range of topics, scientific approaches and methods in the field of water economics, and their work is at the forefront of current theoretical and practical developments in this field. In alphabetical order, the Editorial Board consists of: Prof. James Blignaut, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Prof. Ines Dombrowsky, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Bonn, Germany, Prof. Diane Dupont, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, Prof. Quentin Grafton, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, Prof. Ron Griffin, Texas A&M University, USA, Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, Dr. Sheila Olmstead, Resources for the Future, Washington DC, USA, Prof. Richard Tol, University of Sussex, UK, Prof. Frank Ward, New Mexico State University, USA, and Prof. Mike Young, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Call for Papers

The journal is soliciting papers dealing with the changing value of water in its different uses and the evaluation of economic trade-offs. Conceptual, methodological and applied research papers are welcome All submitted papers will undergo a standard review process. Published papers will be included in SciVerse, ScienceDirect and Scopus. This will ensure that they are read and cited by a worldwide audience. Visit for more details including a Guide for Authors.

About the chief editor

Roy Brouwer specializes in water economics, in particular water resource valuation and policy instruments. He combines both practical water policy experience (he was chief economist in the Dutch Water Ministry between 1999 and 2004) and scientific research (he was a researcher at Wageningen University, University of East Anglia, and since 2005 VU University Amsterdam). In 2009 he was appointed Professor of Water Economics under the Dutch National Research Programme Living with Water. In 2008 he received a fellowship award from the Australian Government under its Water Research Program to assist in the development of sustainable water conservation strategies under climate change, for which he stayed half a year at Australia’s national science agency CSIRO. Between 2007 and 2010 he coordinated the European research project AQUAMONEY, in which he developed guidelines for economic water resource valuation together with 15 European universities and research institutes in support of implementation of the European Water Framework Directive. Together with the late David Pearce he edited in 2005 the book ‘Cost-Benefit Analysis and Water Resources Management’.


Roy Brouwer