Dr J.A. Bouma

Senior researcher


Jetske Bouma is a senior researcher in the field of environmental and development economics. Her main interests are in the design and evaluation of policy instruments, the governance of (agri‐)ecosystems and the effectiveness of natural resource management. Jetske is deputy program leader of the PBL research program ‘Policy instrument design & evaluation’ , leading the thematic research on the policy instrumentation of sustainable land and water management. In addition, she leads the 'Inclusive Green Growth' project for the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate‐General for Development Cooperation, which considers the design and effectiveness of public‐private partnerships, the financing of ecosystem restoration and the use of fiscal instruments for stimulating Inclusive Green Growth. Most of her work is interdisciplinary, and she is specialized in using experimental economic methods, like field experiments. She is co‐promotor of several PhD students that work on the behavioral-economic aspects of policy instrument design at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Tilburg Sustainability Centre of Tilburg University. For her PBL publications and outputs please see www.pbl.nl


Academic training

2008 PhD Environmental Economics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
1996 MSc Economics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Professional employment history

2014- presentSenior researcher at Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL), The Netherlands.
2007- 2014Senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2005- 2007Joint appointment as researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), India and Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
2002- 2005Associate expert- resource economist at the International Water Management Institute, India.
1998- 2002Policy advisor-economist at the Institute for Integrated Water Management and Wastewater Treatment (RIZA), Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (V&W), The Netherlands.
1996- 1997Consultant for several environmental non-governmental organisations, e.g. Friends of the Earth International and the ‘Landelijk Hogeschool en Universitair Milieu Platform (LHUMP), The Netherlands.

Selected publications

Bouma, J.A., Reyes-Garcia, V., Huanca, T. & Arazola, S. (2017). Community-based conservation: A framed field experiment amongst the Tsimane’, Bolivia. Ecological Economicshttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.05.013

Berkhout, E., Bouma, J., Terzidis, N. & Voors, M., (2017). Supporting Local Institutions for Inclusive Green Growth: Developing an Evidence Gap Map. special issue on Institutional diagnostics for development, Journal for Agricultural Sciences.   

Bouma, J.A., Hauck, D., Koetse, M., Ansink, E. & van Soest, D. (2016). Alternatieve financieringsmechanismen voor natuurbeheer. Landschap, 33(1), 70–72.

Bouma, J.A., Hegde, S. & Lasage, R. (2016). Assessing the returns to water harvesting: a meta-analysis. Agricultural Water Management, 163, 100–109.

Bouma, J.A., Ruijs, A. & Van Egmond, P. (2015). Deregulering en natuurbeleid. ESB, 100(4721) november 2015, 649–650.

Bouma, J.A. & van Beukering, P. (2015). Ecosystem services: from concept to practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bouma, J., Joy, K., Paranjape, S. & Ansink, E. (2014). The influence of legitimacy perceptions on cooperation- a framed field experiment. World development, 57, 127–137

Hauck, D., Ansink, E., Bouma, J.A. & van Soest, D. (2014). Social Network Effects and Green Consumerism. Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper TI‐2014‐150, Amsterdam.

Bouma, J.A. & Dietz, F. (2013). Het belang van gedragseconomie in milieubeleid. ESB, 98(4672S), 21–25.

Bouma, J.A. & van Leenders, C. (2013). Biodiversiteit en Bedrijfsleven- Verkenning van een beleidsinstrumentarium. Milieu, 8, 36–39.

Bouma, J. & Ansink, E. (2013). The role of legitimacy perceptions in self-restricted resource use: A framed field experiment. Special Issue on ecosystem services payments. Forest Policy and Economics, 37, 84–93. DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.01.006

Ansink, E. & Bouma, J. (2013). Effective support for community resource management, Special Issue on ecosystem services payments. Forest Policy and Economics, 37, 94–103.

Beukering, P.J.H., Papyrakis, E., Bouma, J. & Brouwer, R. (eds). Nature's wealth: the economics of ecosystem services and poverty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bouma, J.A., Barron, J. & Critchley, W. (2012). A review of the recent literature on water harvesting in SSA. In Critchley, W. & Gowing, J. (eds), Water harvesting in Sub-Saharan Africa. Earthscan.

Bouma, J.A., Kuik, O. & Dekker, A. (2011). Assessing the value of earth observation for managing the Great Barrier Reef. Science of the Total Environment, 409, 4497–4503.

Bouma, J.A., Biggs, T.W. & Bouwer, L.M. (2011). The downstream externalities of harvesting rainwater in semi-arid watersheds: an Indian case study. Agricultural Water Management, 98, 1162–1170.

Bouma, J.A., van der Woerd, H. & Kuik, O. (2009). Assessing the value of information for water quality management in the North Sea. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(2), 1280–1288.

Bouma, J.A., Bulte, E.H. & van Soest, D.P. (2008). Trust and cooperation – social capital and community resource management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 56, 155–166.

Bouma, J.A. (2008). Voluntary cooperation in the provision of a semi-public good- Community-based soil and water conservation in semi-arid India. CentER Dissertation series 207, CentER graduate school, Tilburg University, Tilburg.

Fritz, S., Scholes, R.J., Obersteiner, M., Bouma, J. & Reyers, B. (2008). A conceptual framework for assessment of the benefits of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems. IEEE Systems Journal, 2(3), 338–348.

Bouma, J.A, van Soest, D.P. & Bulte, E.H. (2007). How sustainable is participatory watershed development in India? Agricultural Economics, 36, 13–22.