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prof. dr. WJW Botzen

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  • Room 8A-29, NU-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam

20062021

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Wouter Botzen is full Professor of Economics of Climate Change and Natural Disasters at the Department of Environmental Economics, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He is Head of the Department of Environmental Economics. Moreover, he is full Professor of Economics of Global Environmental Change at the Utrecht University School of Economics, Utrecht University. He is a senior research fellow at the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wouter has obtained his PhD degree in economics (cum laude) in 2010 for his thesis on the economics of insurance against climate change. His thesis won the Junior Societal Impact Award of VU Amsterdam and was published in revised form by Cambridge University Press. 

At IVM Wouter is involved in teaching various courses on Environmental Economics. He coordinates research on climate change economics and supervises several PhD students. His main research interests are climate change economics with a particular focus on risk, natural disaster insurance, behavioural economics of decision making under risk, and natural disaster risk assessment and management. He has published more than 100 articles in international scientific journals on these themes. His publications span top economic journals, such as International Economic Review, and multi-disciplinary journals, such as PNAS, Nature, and Science. He won twice the best paper award of the journal Risk Analysis, the best paper award for Journal of Flood Risk Management and he received the Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize in 2014.

Wouter has worked on a variety of research projects funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch research programme 'Knowledge for Climate' (KvK), and the European Commission, among others. He has advised several for profit and non-profit organizations. Wouter was awarded a NWO-VENI scholarship in 2011 and a NWO-VIDI scholarship in 2015, which are granted to researchers who belong to the best 10%-20% of their international peer group.

Education

2006-2009: PhD degree (cum laude), Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2001-2005: MSc Economics, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

 

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  • Utrecht University School of Economics, Utrecht University | Utrecht | Professor of Economics of Global Environmental Change | 2016-02-01 - present
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia | Senior Research Fellow | 2017-09-01 - present

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