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G. Cornelis van Kooten is Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Climate in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria, Canada. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1982. Subsequently he has been an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan; associate professor in the School of Management at Groningen University in the Netherlands; full professor in the Departments of Agricultural Economics and Forest Resources Management, and Chair of Agricultural Economics, at the University of British Columbia; and professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Nevada. In addition to his appointment in Economics, he is a member of the Insitute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria (IESVic). He is also a Research Fellow at the Agricultural Economics Institute in The Hague and a member of the Department of Social Sciences, both part of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In the past, he has been a visiting professor at Washington State University and the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.
Dr. van Kooten has more than 30 years experience in natural resource economics, including research on agricultural and forest economics, non-market valuation, bio-economic modeling of wildlife populations, mathematical modeling, and the economics of renewable energy. His interests range from agricultural and forest economics to development and computational economics. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and 45 book chapters; he is the author or co-author of four books on land and forest economics, two books on climate change, and co-editor of three books. His book with Erwin H. Bulte entitled The Economics of Nature (Blackwell, 2000) is considered a classic reference book for researchers in the field of wildlife and public land economics. And his 1995 paper in the American J of Agricultural Economics on the uptake of carbon in forest ecosystems is the standard reference for work in the field of terrestrial carbon offsets; in 2011, this paper won the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society’s Enduring Quality Publication award.
Dr. van Kooten has been a consultant to various governments and government agencies, the United Nations, the World Bank, and a variety of non-governmental organizations, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the WWF. His numerous graduate students have gone on to work in the private sector, academic institutions and government. Van Kooten is also a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute (Canada’s top think tank), and a Senior Fellow of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.