Prof. dr. D.P. van Soest

Full Professor

Brief résumé

Daan van Soest is professor of environmental economics at VU University Amsterdam (Department of Spatial Economics and IVM), and at Tilburg University (Department of Economics). In 1998 he received his PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, on the basis of a thesis on the economics of tropical deforestation. Since then he has worked on environmental topics as diverse as renewable natural resource use, instrument choice and environmental policy design, the  economics of biodiversity conservation, and the economics of energy use. His research is both theoretical and empirical in nature, and he also uses economic experiments to gain insight into the behavioral aspects of (un)sustainable use. He publishes his work in specialized field journals in environmental economics as well as in general interest economics journals. Since 2007 he serves as associate editor of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics, and he is co-editor of Resource and Energy Economics since 2012.

Research interests

Environmental and resource economics, experimental economics.

Employment history

  • Professor of Environmental Economics, Department of Spatial Economics and IVM, VU University Amsterdam (0.6fte, since January 1, 2009) and Department of Economics, Tilburg University (0.4fte, since January 1, 2013);
  • June 2006–December 2012: Associate Professor, Tilburg University;
  • July 1998–May 2006: Assistant Professor, Tilburg University (tenured since January 1, 2004);
  • October 1997–June 1998: Economic Advisor to the General Secretary of ATIBT (Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux), Paris.

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