Wouter Botzen is Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Economics, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam. He is a visiting scholar 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) for his thesis on the economics of insurance against climate change. His thesis won the Junior Societal Impact Award of the VU University in 2010 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 50 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 and he received the Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize in 2014.