• Room A-527, W&N-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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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


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

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capacity building Earth & Environmental Sciences
European Commission Earth & Environmental Sciences
communication Earth & Environmental Sciences
economic instrument Earth & Environmental Sciences
plastic waste Earth & Environmental Sciences
economics Agriculture & Biology
afforestation Agriculture & Biology
economic conditions Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1997 2018

Approach for Evaluation of PBTs Subject to Authorisation and Restriction Procedures in context of Socio-economic analysis

Gabbert, S., Hahn, S., Nendza, M., Klein, M. & Oosterhuis, F. H. 2018 Luxembourg.

Research output: Book/ReportReport

A benchmark-level approach for evaluating PBT and vPvB chemicals in REACH authorisation and restriction procedures

Gabbert, S., Hahn, S., Klein, M., Nendza, M. & Oosterhuis, F. H. 1 May 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

The Use of Water Accounts for Water Policy in the Netherlands

Oosterhuis, F. H. 2017 Forum on Natural Capital Accounting for Better Policy Decisions: Taking Stock and Moving Forward. Vardon, M., Bass, S., Ahlroth, S. & Ruijs, A. (eds.). Washington DC: World Bank, p. 139-146

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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