Drs. F.H. Oosterhuis

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( dep. environmental economics )
Senior researcher


Frans Oosterhuis has some 30 years of experience with applied, policy-oriented research on a wide range of environmental issues. Having a background in economics, he is used to work both independently and in close cooperation with people from various disciplinary backgrounds and in international research teams.

Frans’ recent fields of research include, among others, the use and effectiveness of economic instruments in environmental policy, the impact of specific policies and instruments on innovation and the diffusion of cleaner technology, environmentally harmful subsidies, and the implementation of EU environmental policy in the Netherlands. Application areas range from energy, transport, climate, air, water and waste to biodiversity.

Between 2005 and 2015 Frans has been the coordinator of an international consortium performing economic studies for DG Environment of the European Commission and has contributed to a number of these studies. He has been involved in several projects for other European institutions (including the European Parliament and the European Environment Agency) as well.

The Dutch Ministry of Environment (I&M; previously:VROM) is another main client for which he works. In recent years, he has contributed to various studies for VROM on economic instruments and he has participated in a number of projects under the STEM programme (evaluation of environmental legislation for VROM). He is also co-author of the I&M-sponsored Handbook on EU environmental policy in the Netherlands.

Frans is editor of the Newsletter on Environment and Economics (in Dutch).


  • Economic analysis and assessment of environmental policies
  • Design and evaluation (ex ante and ex post) of economic instruments

Academic training

1984 Masters degree in economics, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Main subjects: regional and environmental economics; subsidiary subjects: administrative law and spatial planning

Professional employment history

1984-1985 and 1989-presentResearcher, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam
1985-1991Researcher, Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies (IVEM), State University, Groningen


Selected recent publications.


Journal articles

Brouwer, R., Lienhoop, N. & Oosterhuis, F. (2015). Incentivizing afforestation agreements: Institutional-economic conditions and motivational drivers. Journal of Forest Economics, 21(4), 205–222. doi:10.1016/j.jfe.2015.09.003.

Oosterhuis, F., Papyrakis, E., & Boteler, B. (2014), Economic Instruments and Marine Litter Control. Ocean & Coastal Management, 102, 47–54.    

Books and book contributions

Oosterhuis, F. & Papyrakis, E. (2015), Market-based instruments for ecosystem services. In Bouma, J.A. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (eds), Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Practice (pp. 163–182). Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press.

van Beukering, P., Kuik, O. & Oosterhuis, F. (2014). The Economics of Recycling. In Worrell, E. & Reuter, M.A. (eds), Handbook of Recycling. State-of-the-Art for Practitioners, Analysts and Scientists (pp. 479–489). Waltham/Oxford/Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Oosterhuis, F. & Peeters, M. (2014). Limits to integration in pollution prevention and control. In Peeters, M. & Uylenburg, R. (eds), EU Environmental Legislation. Legal Perspectives on Regulatory Strategies (pp. 91–115). Cheltenham, UK / Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

Oosterhuis, F.H. & ten Brink, P. (eds) (2014). Paying the Polluter. Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Oosterhuis, F.H. & Bachus, K. (2014). Agriculture, food and water. In Oosterhuis, F.H. & ten Brink, P. (eds), Paying the Polluter. Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform (pp. 152–169). Cheltenham, UK / Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

Oosterhuis, F.H. & Umpfenbach, K. (2014). Energy Subsidies. In Oosterhuis, F.H. & ten Brink, P. (eds), Paying the Polluter. Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform (pp. 105–124). Cheltenham, UK / Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.

Oosterhuis, F.H. & Schaafsma, M. (2010). Value added tax as an environmental policy instrument? (Chapter 22). In Dias Soares, C., Milne, J.E., Ashiabor, H., Kreiser, L., & Deketelaere, K. (eds), Critical issues in environmental taxation. International and comparative perspectives. Volume VIII (pp. 395–407). Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press.

Link to full publication list at IVM since 1997

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