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Luke Brander has a background in environmental economics. He obtained his Masters degree in Environmental and Resource Economics at University College London (1997-98). From April 2000 to September 2010 he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (VU University Amsterdam). He obtained his doctoral degree from the VU University Amsterdam in 2011. His main research interests are in the design of economic instruments to control environmental problems and the valuation of natural resources and ecosystem services. He has worked on the valuation of wetlands, forests, grasslands, mangroves, coral reefs and urban open space using primary valuation methods and through meta-analyses of the ecosystem valuation literature. He is currently working as a freelance environmental economist based in Hong Kong. On-going projects include the valuation of natural capital in the Balleh watershed in Sarawak for WWF Malaysia; cost-benefit analysis of landscape restoration options in Cambodia for IUCN and FAO; the valuation of mangroves and urban ponds for ecosystem based adaptation to climate change in Hue, Vietnam; and the development of methods for mapping and assessing economic values for ecosystem services for the European Union. He has been closely involved with The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative and led the ASEAN TEEB scoping study. Luke is an experienced teacher of environmental economics and has given university courses at Masters level, tailored workshops to policy makers and practitioners, and supervises PhD research.


2007-2011: PhD Environmental Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1997-1998: MSc Environmental and Resource Economics, University College London, UK

1994-1997: BA hons. Economics, Politics, and Government, University of Kent, UK

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  • H Social Sciences
  • Environmental economics

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Research Output 2000 2019

Community-based adaptation to climate change in small island developing states: an analysis of the role of social capital

Hagedoorn, L. C., Brander, L. M., van Beukering, P. J. H., Dijkstra, H. M., Franco, C., Hughes, L., Gilders, I. & Segal, B., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Climate and Development.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

social capital
climate change
household survey
quantitative analysis

Charting progress towards system-scale ecosystem service valuation in islands

Oleson, K. L. L., Grafeld, S., Van Beukering, P., Brander, L., James, P. A. S. & Wolfs, E., Sep 2018, In : Environmental Conservation. 45, 3, p. 212-226 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ecosystem service

Creating an operational database for ecosystems services mapping and assessment methods

Santos-Martin, F., Viinikka, A., Mononen, L., Brander, L. M., Vihervaara, P., Liekens, I. & Potschin-Young, M., 12 Jul 2018, In : One Ecosystem. 3, p. 1-16 16 p., e26719.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
mapping method
assessment method
ecosystem service

Environmental Economics for Marine Ecosystem Management Toolkit

Brander, L. M., 2018, Paris: GEF LME:LEARN. 87 p.

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional

Evidence of economic benefits for public investment in MPAs

Pascal, N., Brathwaite, A., Brander, L., Seidl, A., Philip, M. & Clua, E., Apr 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 30, Part A, p. 3-13 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

public investment
social benefit
ecosystem service
ecosystem services

Activities 2001 2009

  • 21 Lecture / Presentation

Global costs of climate change adaptation in the industrial and municipal water supply sector

P.J. Ward (Speaker), L.M. Brander (Speaker), W.P. Pauw (Speaker), J.C.J.H. Aerts (Speaker), K.M. Strzepek (Speaker)
27 Oct 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Peatland benefits and methods for their economic valuation

L.M. Brander (Speaker)
22 Sep 2005

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The empirics of coral reef valuation: A meta-analysis

L.M. Brander (Speaker), H.S.J. Cesar (Speaker), P.J.H. van Beukering (Speaker)
19 Mar 2005

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The empirics of wetland valuation: A comprehensive summary and meta-analysis of the literature

L.M. Brander (Speaker), R.J.G.M. Florax (Speaker), J.E. Vermaat (Speaker)
28 Jun 2004

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Liberalising the Dutch electricity market: are there environmental impacts?

W. Lise (Speaker), L.M. Brander (Speaker)
26 Sep 2003

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic