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The Water, Environmental and Agricultural Resources Economics (WEARE) research group is headquartered at the University of Cordoba (Southern Spain), although it has some members in other countries. This research group is linked to the Department of Agricultural Economics and the School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering.

WEARE is the results of the joint interest of a group of senior and junior researchers whose research is mainly focused on water economics issues related to agriculture as well as sustainability of agricultural systems and environmental valuation.

Current research interests include:

  • Economic instruments for water governance
    • Water pricing
    • Water markets and water banks
    • Water accounting
  • Sustainable water management
    • Common-pool resources
    • Reliability in water supply
    • Effects of improving the efficiency of water
    • Economics of wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture
    • Economic valuation of water resources
  • Mathematical modelling focused on ex-ante agricultural and environmental policy analysis
    • Multi Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT)
    • Positive Mathematical Programming (PMP)
    • Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)
  • Ecosystem services and public goods provided by agricultural sector
  • Social and policy issues in rural areas
  • Common Agriculture Policy: Agri-Environmental Challenges
    • Ecosystem Services and Public Goods provided by Agricultural Sector
    • Designing of Agri-Environmental Policy Instruments
    • Sustainability of Agricultural Systems
    • Modelling of Consumer and Farmer Behaviour
    • Analysis of Innovation Adoption
    • Social and Policy Issues in Rural Areas

Current research includes the following national and international projects:

  • Providing smart delivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry (PROVIDE).
  • Sustainable Land Management Network (SULANET).
  • Evaluation of irrigation modernization in the context of climate change: Assessing of current and future scenarios of Southern Spain basins (EVAMODRE).
  • Designing new water markets for Spain: Assessment as measures for the improvement of efficiency in water use and the adaptation to climate change (MERCAGUA).
  • Applying ecosystem services-based approaches to water resource decision making: studying the risk of nature commodification in Mexico’s last free-flowing river.