Dr P.J.H. van Beukering

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+31 20 59 89524
faculteit der aard- en levenswetenschappen ( institute for environmental studies (ivm) )
Associate Professor, Department Head, Deputy Director

Experience summary

Pieter van Beukering is a Dutch economist with more than 20 years of experience in research and teaching in environmental economics. In 1993 he started as an economic research associate at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the VU University, Amsterdam. In the March 2001, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on the economics of trade, recycling and the environment. His main research interests are natural resource management and economic valuation focused on ecosystem services and renewable energy. Between 2003 and 2009 worked as the director of the PREM research programme, aiming at strengthening capacity in developing countries for environmental economic research. Since 2009 Pieter van Beukering is an Associate Professor lecturing environmental economics at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) of the VU University. In 2015, he became the department head of the Environmental Economics Department as well as the deputy director of IVM. Since 2015 Pieter also acts as the director of the MSc programme Environment and Resource Management (ERM).

Academic training

1999-2001PhD degree in Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Major fields: international economics, development economics, environmental economics.
1986-1992Master's degree in Economics, University of Amsterdam. Major fields: international economics, development economics, environmental economics.

Professional employment and other activities history

2015-presentHead Environmental Economics Department in Environmental Economics at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
2015-presentDirector MSc programme Environment and Resource Management (ERM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2009- presentAssociate Professor in Environmental Economics at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
2009- presentCoordinator of the IS Academy programme ReNeW focussing on the role of renewable energy in alleviating poverty in Africa (5-year programme).
2002- presentProgramme director of Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) research programme, funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague.
2001- 2012Consultant (Van Beukering Consulting) specialising in research and policy advice on the interplay between environment and economics.
Summer 1999Visiting economic researcher at the Environmental Economics & Indicators Program Team of the Environment Department, World Bank, Washington DC.
1993-presentEconomic Researcher, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
1992-1993Economic Researcher and Field researcher in Bangalore (India) for the University of Amsterdam.
1992-1992Assistant Researcher Mangrove Expedition on the West coast of Sulawesi (Indonesia), Asian Wetland Bureau, Bogor.
1991-1991Assistant Policy Advisor at the Department for Development Co-operation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague.



IS-Academy on renewable energy in Africa  

Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM)


Fluent in speaking and writing Dutch, English and German.

Selected publications

Link to full publication list at IVM since 1997

Ree, C.C.D.F. van, Beukering, P.J.H. van (2016). Geosystem services: A concept in support of sustainable development of the subsurface. Ecosystem Services, 20, 30–36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.06.004

Student, J., Papyrakis, E. & van Beukering, P. (2016). Buildings behaving badly: a behavioral experiment on how different motivational frames influence residential energy label adoption in the Netherlands. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 1–26. 

Oleson, K.L.L., Barnes-Mauthe, M., Brander, L.M., Oliver, T.A., van Beek, I., Zafindrasilivonona, B. & van Beukering, P. (2015). Cultural bequest values for ecosystem service flows among indigenous fishers: A discrete choice experiment validated with mixed methods. Ecological Economics, 114, 104–116. 

Tigabu, A.D., Berkhout, F. & van Beukering, P. (2015). The diffusion of a renewable energy technology and innovation system functioning: Comparing bio-digestion in Kenya and Rwanda. Technological Forecasting and Social Change,90A, 331–345. 

Tigabu, A.D., Berkhout, F. & van Beukering, P. (2015). Technology innovation systems and technology diffusion: Adoption of bio-digestion in an emerging innovation system in Rwanda. Technological Forecasting and Social Change,90A, 318–330. 

Tigabu, A.D., Berkhout, F. & van Beukering, P. (2015). Functional evolution and accumulation of technological innovation systems: the case of renewable energy in East Africa. Science and Public Policy,42(5), 614–631. 

van Beukering, P.J.H. (2015). International Trade in Recyclable and Hazardous Waste in Asia Edited by Michikazu Kojima and Etsuyo Michida. Edward Elgar. A book review in the Journal for Industrial Ecology, 19(1), 180–181. 

Barnes-Mauthe, M., Oleson, K.L.L., Brander, L.M., Zafindrasilivonona, B., Oliver, T.A. & van Beukering, P. (2015). Social capital as an ecosystem service: Evidence from a locally managed marine area. Ecosystem Services, 16, 283–293. 

van Beukering, P.J.H., Sarkis, S., van der Putten, L. & Papyrakis, E. (2015). Bermuda's balancing act: The economic dependence of cruise and air tourism on healthy coral reefs. Ecosystem Services, 11, 76–86.

Zanten, B., Verburg, P., Koetse, M. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2014). Preferences for European agrarian landscapes: a meta-analysis of case studies. Landscape and Urban Planning, 132, 89–101.

Wakkee, I., Barua, R. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2014). What about the entrepreneur? How business models drive and hinder the development of self-sustaining local energy access ventures in Rwanda. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 19(2), 1450014.

van Zanten, B.T., van Beukering, P. & Wagtendonk, A.J. (2014). Coastal protection by coral reefs: a framework for spatial assessment and economic valuation. Ocean & Coastal Management,96, 94–103.

van der Kroon, B., Brouwer, R. & van Beukering, P. (2014). The impact of the household decision environment on fuel choice behavior. Energy Economics,44, 236–247.

Schaafsma, M., Morse-Jones, S., Posen, P., Swetnam, R.D., Balmford, A., Bateman, I.J., Burgess, N.D., Chamshama, S.A.O., Fisher, B., Freeman, T., Geofrey, V., Green, R.E., Hepelwa, A.S., Herna´ndez-Sirvent, A., Hess, S., Kajembe, G.C., Kayharara, G., Kilonzo, M., Kulindwa, K., Lund, J.F., Madoffe, S.S., Mbwambo, L., Meilby, H., Ngaga, Y.M., Theilade, I., Treue, T., van Beukering, P., Vyamana, V.G. & Turner, R.K. (2013). The importance of local forest benefits: Economic valuation of Non-Timber Forest Products in the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania. Global Environmental Change,24, 295–305.

van der Kroon, B., Brouwer, R. & van Beukering, P. (2013). The energy ladder: Theoretical myth or empirical truth? Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews,20, 504–513.

Leisher, C., Samberg, L.H., van Beukering, P. & Sanjayan, M. (2013). Focal Areas for Measuring the Human Well-Being Impacts of a Conservation Initiative. Sustainability,5(3), 997–1010.

de Groot, R., Brander, L., van der Ploeg, S., Costanza, R., Bernard, F., Braat, L., Christie, M., Crossman, N., Ghermandi, A., Hein, L., Hussain, S., Kumar, P., McVittie, A., Portela, R., Rodriguez, L.C., ten Brink, P. & van Beukering, P. (2012). Global estimates of the value of ecosystems and their services in monetary units, Ecosystem Services,1(1), 50–61.

Brander, L.M., Rehdanz, K., Tol, R.S.J. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2012) The economic impact of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Climate Change Economics, 3(1), 1250002-1/-29.

Leisher, C., Hess, S., Boucher, T.M., van Beukering, P. & Sanjayan, M. (2012). Measuring the impacts of community-based grasslands conservation in Mongolia’s Gobi. PLoS ONE, 7(2), e30991.

Hemmes, F., Papyrakis, E. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2012) Waste Not, Want Not: How Can a Utility Help Consumers Save Energy. Consilience: Journal of Sustainable Dev.,7(1), 1–6.

van Beukering, P.J.H., Linderhof, V., Bartelings, H. & Oosterhuis, F. (2009) Effectiveness of Unit-based pricing of waste in the Netherlands. Waste Management, 29(11), 2892–2901.

Akter, S., Brouwer, R., van Beukering, P., Silver, E., Frech, L., Choudhury, S. & Aziz, S. (2011). Exploring the feasibility of private micro flood-insurance provision in Bangladesh. Disasters,35(2), 287–307.

Akter, S., Brouwer, R., Brander, L. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2009). Respondent Uncertainty in a Contingent Market for Carbon Offsets. Ecological Economics,68(6), 1858–1863.

Brouwer, R., Brander, L. & van Beukering, P. (2008). “A convenient truth”: air travel passengers’ willingness to pay to offset their CO2 emissions. Climatic Change, 90, 299–313.

Gupta, J., van Beukering, P.J.H., van Asselt, H., Brander, L., Hess, S. & van der Leeuw, K. (2008). Flexibility mechanisms and sustainable development: lessons from five AIJ projects. Climate Policy,8(3), 261–276.

Sultanian, E. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2008). Economics of Migratory Birds: Market Creation for the Protection of Migratory Birds in the Inner Niger Delta (Mali). Human Dimensions of Wildlife,13, 3–15.

Brouwer, R., van Beukering, P.J.H. & Sultanian, E. (2008). The Impact of the Bird Flu on Public Willingness to Pay for the Protection of Migratory Birds. Ecological Economics,64, 575–585

van Beukering, P., van Asselt, H. & Gupta, J. (2008). Contribution of AIJ Projects to Sustainable Development: A Dutch case study. Joint Implementation Quarterly,13(4), 5–6.

Brander, L.M., van Beukering, P.J.H. & Cesar, H.S.J. (2007). The recreational value of coral reefs: a meta-analysis. Ecological Economics,63, 209–218.

Zwarts, L., Wymenga, E., van Beukering, P.J.H. & Koné, B. (2006). Waterschaarste noopt tot integral waterbeheer in de bovenloop van de Niger. Ecologie & Ontwikkeling, 70, 9–11.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2006). Models of International Recycling. Resource Conservation and Recycling,46, 1–26.

Zwarts, L., van Beukering, P.J.H., Koné, B., Wymenga, E. & Taylor, D. (2006). The Economic and Ecological Effects of Water Management Choices in the Upper Niger River: Development of Decision Support Methods. Water Resources Development, 22(1), 135–156.

Cesar, H.S.J. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2004). Economic valuation of the coral reefs of Hawaii. Pacific Science, 58(2), 231–242.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Cesar, H.S.J. (2004). Ecological Economic Modeling of Coral Reefs: Evaluating Tourist Overuse at Hanauma Bay and Algae Blooms at the Kihei Coast, Hawaii. Pacific Science, 58(2), 243–260.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Bouman, M.A. (2003). Complementing Empirical Evidence on Global Recycling and Trade of Waste Paper: A Reply. World Development,31(4), 755–756.

van Beukering, P.J.H., Cesar, H.S.J. & Janssen, M.A. (2003). Valuation of ecological services of the Leuser National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. Ecological Economics,44(1), 43–62.

van Beukering, P.J.H., Cesar, H.S.J. & Janssen, M.A. (2002). Valuation of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra. Asean Biodiversity,2(2), 17–20.

van Beukering, P.J.H. (2002). Internationale handel van secundaire materialen. Reverse Logistics, 14, F3210-1–F3210-22.

van Beukering, P.J.H., Verbruggen, H. & van den Berg, J.C.J.M. (2002). Internationale tweedehands handel. Economische Statistische Berichten, 4350, 196–198.

Duraiappah, A., Xin, Z. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (2002). The Plastics Sector in China: Issues in Production, Recycling and International Trade. Environment and Development Economics,7(1), 47–74.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Bouman, M.A. (2001). Empirical evidence on recycling and trade of paper and lead in developed and developing countries. World Development,29(10), 1717–39.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Janssen, M.A (2001). A dynamic integrated analysis of truck tires in Western Europe, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 4(2), 93–115.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Janssen, M.A (2001). Trade and recycling of used truck tyres in Western and Eastern Europe, Resource Conservation and Recycling, 33, 235–265.

Janssen, M.A, van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., van Beukering, P.J.H. & Hoekstra, R. (2001). Changing Industrial Metabolism: Methods for Analysis. Population and Environment, 23, 139–156.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Janssen, M.A (2000). A Dynamic Integrated Analysis of Truck Tyres in Western Europe. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 4(2), 93–115.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Duraiappah, A. (1998). The Economic and Environmental Impact of Waste paper Trade and Recycling in India: A Material Balance Approach. Journal of Industrial Ecology,2(2), 23–42.

van Beukering, P.J.H. (1997). Waste recovery in Bombay: a socio-economic and environmental assessment of different waste management options. Third World Planning Review, 19(2), 163–187.

Sharma, V K., van Beukering, P.J.H. & Nag, B. (1997). Environmental and economic policy analysis of waste paper trade and recycling in India. Resources, Conversation and Recycling,21, 55–70.

van Beukering, P.J.H. (1994). An economic analysis of different types of formal and informal entrepreneurs, recovering urban solid waste in Bangalore (India). Resources,Conversation and Recycling,12, 229–252.


Bouma, J.A. & van Beukering, P.J.H. (eds) (2015). Ecosystem Services: From Concept to Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 420 pp.

van Beukering, P.J.H., Papyrakis, E., Bouma, J. & Brouwer, R. (2013). Nature’s Wealth: The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Poverty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 423 pp.

van Beukering, P.J.H., Brander, L., Tompkins, E. & McKenzie, E. (2007) Valuing the environment in small islands - an environmental economics toolkit. Peterborough: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), 128 pp.

van Beukering, P.J.H. (2001). Recycling, international trade and recycling: an empirical analysis. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 225 pp.

van Beukering, P.J.H. & Sharma, V. K. (1998). Waste Paper Trade and Recycling in India . Jodhpur: Pawan Kumar Scientific Publishers (India), 204 pp.