J.F. Levin-Koopman MSc

PhD Researcher


Jason Levin-Koopman is a PhD student in the department of Environmental Economics in the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam.  He has a MSc. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota and his research interests lie broadly in modelling middle to large-scale social and economic phenomena, with the goal of providing useful and verifiable advice to policy makers and policy implementers. He has two years experience at TNO Science and Industry developing models of the complex behaviour of Intelligent Sensor Networks. In these systems many small nodes of limited resources and information act locally and these simultaneous local actions result in the emergent global network behaviour. His work focused on how the design architecture of the system affected the system performance.

With the Climate Change and Economic Fresh Water Resource Modelling PhD project, Jason Levin-Koopman has made the shift from modelling complex physical and electronic systems to modelling social economic systems, in line with his research interests. The goal of the project is twofold. First, to model aspects of the Dutch economy that relate to freshwater and integrate the economic model with models of national fresh water resources such as rivers and groundwater. Second, to explore the effects of various national and regional climate adaptation policies as they relate to fresh water, including the introduction of water markets. Particular attention will be paid to the robustness and sustainability of the resulting economic structures in times of extreme climate circumstances such as severe draughts.

Academic training

2005-2007MSc Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.
2000-2004BA Mathematics, Physics, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, U.S.A.

Professional employment history

2010-presentPhD Student, Climate Change and Economic Fresh Water Resource Modelling, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University, Amsterdam.
2007-2008Researcher, TNO Science and Industry.  Delft, The Netherlands. 
2005-2007Teaching Assistant and Lecturer, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.


Climate change and economic freshwater resource modelling