Dr L.M. Brander

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faculteit der bètawetenschappen ( dep. environmental economics )


Luke Brander has a background in environmental economics. He obtained his Master's 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.

Website: lukebrander.com

Academic training


PhD Environmental Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997-1998MSc Environmental and Resource Economics, University College London, UK

BA hons. Economics, Politics, and Government, University of Kent, UK

Professional employment history

2016-presentHonorary Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2016-presentEnvironmental Economist, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Environmental Economist, freelance, Hong Kong
Honorary Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Environmental Economist, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Economist, Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, London, UK

Membership of professional organisations

  • Member of Editorial Board, Ecosystem Services Journal
  • Member of Steering Committee, Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP)
  • Pacific Resource and Environmental Economics Network (PREEN)
  • Economy and Environment Programme for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)

Selected publications

Brander, L.M. & Crossman, N.D. (2017). Economic quantification, Chapter 4.3. In Burkhard, B. & Maes, J. (eds), Mapping Ecosystem Services. Sofia: Pensoft Publishers. 

Brander, L.M., Sovann, C., Kharazishvili, D. & Memiadze, N. (2017). The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for the Forestry Sector of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia. WWF-Caucasus Programme Office.

Koetse, M.J., Verhoef, E.T. & Brander, L.M. (2017). A generic marginal value function for natural areas. Annals of Regional Science, 1–21. doi:10.1007/s00168-016-0795-0.

Brander, L.M. (2016). Economic valuation of ecosystem services in Eastern Plains Landscape, Modulkiri, Cambodia. Report for WWF-Cambodia, Phnom Penh.

Pendleton L., Comte A., Langdon C., Ekstrom J.A., Cooley S.R., Beck, M.W., Brander, L.M., Burke, L., Cinner, J.E., Doherty, C., Edwards, P.E.T., Gledhill, D., Jiang, L-Q., van Hooidonk, R.J., Teh, L., Waldbusser, G.G. & Ritter, J. (2016). Coral Reefs and People in a High-CO2 World: Where Can Science Make a Difference to People? PLoS ONE 11(11), e0164699. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164699.

Wichmann, S., Brander, L.M., Schäfer, A., Schaafsma, M., van Beukering, P., Tinch, D. & Bonn, A. (2016). Valuing peatland ecosystem services. Peatland Restoration and Ecosystem Services: Science, Policy and Practice, 314.

Polce, C., Maes, J., Brander, L., Cescatti, A., Baranzelli, C., Lavalle, C. & Zulian, G. (2016). Global change impacts on ecosystem services: a spatially explicit assessment for Europe. One Ecosystem, 1: e9990. https://doi.org/10.3897/oneeco.1.e9990

Watkins, K., Sovann, C., Brander, L.M., Neth, B., Chou, P., Spoann, V., Hoy, S., Choeun, K. and Aing C. (2016). Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services in Mondulkiri: Outcomes and Recommendations for Sustainable and Inclusive Land Use Planning in Cambodia. WWF Cambodia. Phnom Penh. 

Schägner, J. P., Brander, L., Maes, J., Paracchini, M. L. & Hartje, V. (2016). Mapping recreational visits and values of European National Parks by combining statistical modelling and unit value transfer. Journal for Nature Conservation, 31, 71–84.

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