prof. dr. W.J.W. Botzen

prof. dr.

  • Room C-523, W&N-building

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

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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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. He is Deputy 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 the VU University 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 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.


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.


Ancillary activities

  • 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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Research Output 2006 2020

Economic valuation of green and blue nature in cities: A meta-analysis

Bockarjova, M., Botzen, W. J. W. & Koetse, M. J., 1 Mar 2020, In : Ecological Economics. 169, 106480.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

transfer function
ecosystem service

Meeting goals of sustainability policy: CO2 emission reduction, cost-effectiveness and societal acceptance. An analysis of the proposal to phase out coal in the Netherlands

Akerboom, S., Botzen, W., Buijze, A., Michels, A. & van Rijswick, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Energy Policy.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

The safe development paradox: An agent-based model for flood risk under climate change in the European Union

Haer, T., Husby, T. G., Botzen, W. J. W. & Aerts, J. C. J. H., 1 Jan 2020, In : Global Environmental Change. 60, 102009.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

European Union
natural disaster
climate change
population growth

Adoption of Individual Flood Damage Mitigation Measures in New York City: An Extension of Protection Motivation Theory

Botzen, W. J. W., Kunreuther, H., Czajkowski, J. & de Moel, H., Oct 2019, In : Risk Analysis. 39, 10, p. 2143-2159

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Flood damage
Flood insurance
Risk management
Open Access
Psychological Adaptation
Systems Analysis
Risk assessment

Activities 2009 2017

  • 16 Lecture / Presentation

The Economic Value of the Tana Delta Mangrove Ecosystem in Kenya

W.J.W. Botzen (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Verzekeringen en Klimaatverandering

W.J.W. Botzen (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Innovatie voor Risicoreductie

W.J.W. Botzen (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Economics of Natural Disasters

W.J.W. Botzen (Speaker)
11 Oct 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Best Paper Award in the journal Risk Analysis in 2013.

J.C.J.H. Aerts (Recipient), W.J.W. Botzen (Recipient), N. Lin (Recipient), K. Emanuel (Recipient) & Hans de Moel (Recipient), 2013


Best Paper Award Risk Analysis

P. Bubeck (Recipient), W.J.W. Botzen (Recipient) & J.C.J.H. Aerts (Recipient), 2012


Junior Societal Impact Award

W.J.W. Botzen (Recipient), 20 Oct 2010


Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize 2014

W.J.W. Botzen (Recipient), 2014