Assistant Professor

du4orrpb Dpt. Economic Analysis and Political Economy, University of Sevilla
Economics and Business Faculty. Ramón y Cajal 1, 41018 Sevilla, Spain.
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Alfonso has a research background in microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis, with a main emphasis on water and resource economics. He holds a PhD in Economics (University of Sevilla, Spain) and a Master in International Business (University College Dublin, Ireland). He has combined international professional experience in industry sectors with academic and scientific involvement.

Research Interests

  • Water economics and policy, focusing in economic instruments for water management and sustainable governance, water use valuation, water use efficiency assessment, etc.
  • Resource economics: natural resources management, waste management, recycling and reuse, sustainability implications, policy and governance.
  • Other research interests: International economics and entrepreneurship

Alfonso’s current research projects include:

  • Circular City – Implementing nature based-solutions for creating a resourceful circular city. COST Action (CA17133), European Commission.
  • National Project (AGL2014-53417-R) EVAMODRE Evaluation of irrigation modernization in the context of climate change: Assessing of current and future scenarios of Southern Spain basins . Period: 2015-2018.
  • Study on EU Integrated Policy Assessment for the Freshwater and Marine Environment, on the Economic Benefits of EU Water Policy and on the Costs of its Non-Implementation.
  • National Project (ECO2016-75655-P) ELITE Estudio Longitudinal sobre el Proceso de Surgimiento de Emprendedores de Alto Impacto . Period: 2016-2019.

Research stays

  • Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel (Germany). Period: 03/2001 – 05/2001.
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas, UNAM, Ciudad de México (México). Period: 06/2015 – 12/2015.
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Leipzig (Germany). Period: 04/2018 – 07/2018.

Most relevant Peer-reviewed publications


Expósito, A., Espinosa, M. and Villa-Damas, A. (2021). Valuing visitor willingness to pay for urban green space conservation: Case of Maria Luisa park in Seville, Spain, Journal of Urban Planning and Development 147(3) doi:10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000700


Berbel, J. and Expósito, A. (2020). The theory and practice of water pricing and cost recovery in the Water Framework Directive, Water Alternatives 13(3):659-673

Borrego-Marín, M.M., Expósito, A. and Berbel, J. (2020). A simplified hydro-economic model of Guadalquivir river basin for analysis of water-pricing scenarios, Water 12(7):1879 doi:10.3390/w12071879

Expósito, A., Beier, F. and Berbel, J. (2020). Hydro-economic modelling for water-policy assessment under climate change at river basin scale: A review, Water 12(6):1559 doi:10.3390/w12061559

Expósito, A. and Berbel, J. (2020). The economics of irrigation in almond orchards. Application to southern Spain, Agronomy 10(6):796 doi:10.3390/agronomy10060796

Expósito, A. and Velasco, F. (2020). Exploring environmental efficiency of the European agricultural sector in the use of mineral fertilizers, Journal of Cleaner Production 253 doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.119971

Nika, C.E., Vasilaki, V., Expósito, A. and Katsou, E. (2020). Water cycle and circular economy: developing a circularity assessment framework for complex water systems, Water Research 187:116423 doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.116423


Berbel, J., Borrego-Marín, M.M., Expósito, A., Giannoccaro G., Montilla-López N.M., Roseta-Palma C. (2019). Analysis of irrigation water tariffs and taxes in Europe, Water Policy 21(4):806-825 doi:10.2166/wp.2019.197

Berbel, J., Expósito, A., Borrego-Marín , M.M. (2019). Conciliation of competing uses and stakeholder rights to groundwater: An evaluation of Fuencaliente aquifer (Spain). International Journal of Water Resources Development 35(5):830-846 Doi: 10.1080/07900627.2018.1491392

Berbel, J., Expósito, A., Gutiérrez-Martín, C. and Mateos L. (2019). Effects of the Irrigation Modernization in Spain 2002–2015, Water Resources Management 33(5):1835-1849. doi:10.1007/s11269-019-02215-w

Expósito, A. (2019). Valuing households’ willingness to pay for water transfers from the irrigation sector: a case study of the city of Seville (southern Spain), Sustainability 11(24):6982. doi:10.3390/su11246982

Expósito, A., Berbel, J. (2019). Drivers of irrigation water productivity and basin closure process: Analysis of the Guadalquivir river basin (Spain). Water Resources Management, 33(4):1439-1450. Doi: 10.1007/s11269-018-2170-7

Expósito, A., Pablo-Romero, M. P.; Sanchez-Braza, A. (2019). Testing EKC for Urban Water Use: Empirical Evidence at River Basin Scale from the Guadalquivir River, Spain. ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. 145(4): 04019005.  Doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)Wr.1943-5452.0001052

Pablo-Romero, M.P.; Sanchez-Braza, A.; Expósito, A..(2019). Industry level production functions and energy use in 12 EU countries. Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 212. Pag. 880-892. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.296


Expósito, A.. (2018). Irrigated agriculture and the cost recovery principle of water services: Assessment and discussion of the case of the Guadalquivir River Basin (Spain). Water. Vol. 10. Núm. 10. DOI: 10.3390/w10101338

Berbel, J., Gutiérrez-Martín, C., Expósito, A., (2018). Impacts of irrigation efficiency improvement on water use, water consumption and response to water price at field level. Agricultural Water Management. 203:423-429. Doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2018.02.026

Berbel, J., Expósito, A. (2018). Economic challenges in the EU Water Directive Framework reform and implementation. European Planning Studies. 16(1): 20-34. Doi: 10.1080/09654313.2017.1364353

Expósito, A., Velasco F. (2018). Municipal solid-waste recycling market and the European 2020 Horizon Strategy: A regional efficiency analysis in Spain. Journal of Cleaner Production 72:938-948. Doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.10.221

Berbel, J., Expósito, A., Mateos, L. (2018). The importance of the groundwater governance in the global change context: a proposal for a Mediterranean aquifer (Llanos de la Puebla, Spain). In: Groundwater and Global Change in the Western Mediterranean Area, pp. 35-42. Springer International. ISBN: 978-3-319-69355-2


Expósito, A., Berbel J. (2017). Why is water pricing ineffective for deficit irrigation schemes? A case study in southern Spain. Water Resources Management 31(3): 1047-1059. Doi:10.1007/s11269-016-1563-8

Expósito, A., Berbel J. (2017). Agricultural irrigation water use in a closed basin and the impacts on water productivity: The case of the Guadalquivir river basin (Southern Spain). Water 9(2), 136. Doi:10.3390/w9020136

Expósito, A., Berbel J. (2017). Sustainability implications of deficit irrigation in a mature water economy: a case study in southern Spain. Sustainability 9(7): 1144. Doi: 10.3390/su9071144

Expósito, A., Berbel J. (2017). Evolución de la productividad del agua en el proceso de cierre de la cuenca del Guadalquivir. In: Análisis de los efectos de la modernización de regadíos. Vol. Serie Economía, pp. 309-328. Cajamar Caja Rural. ISBN 978-84-95531-83-4


Expósito, A., Berbel J. (2016). Microeconomics of deficit irrigation and subjective water response function for intensive olive groves Water 8(6): 254. Doi: 10.3390/w8060254.