|Dpt. Agricultural Economics, Finance and Accounting
University of Cordoba
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Julio Berbel (UCO) is a full Professor of Agricultural Economics in University of Cordoba where he is coordinating projects related to environmental management and biotechnology. He holds a PhD Agricultural Engineering (Univ. Córdoba) and a Master Agricultural Economics (Univ. Manchester). Publications are in the field of water, agricultural economics, agribusiness and environmental management. He has been consultant and technical assistance to the European Commission (DG ENV-Water), Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (Spain) and Junta de Andalucía for the implementation of Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management Plans. He combines hand-on experience in environmental and agribusiness management sector with academic and scientific involvement.
The research focuses on water economics, focusing in economic instruments for water governance, including water pricing, water markets, water accounting, cost-effectiveness analysis.
Models for policy analysis are based upon mathematical programming at farm level through Multi Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT) and Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM).
Water use and efficiency, focused on rebound effect of investment in water saving.
Bioeconomy and circular economy in food and agricultural sectors.
Currently research projects:
Previous research projects:
Most relevant Peer-reviewed publications
Martínez-Dalmau, J., Berbel, J. and Ordóñez-Fernández, R. (2021). Nitrogen fertilization. A review of the risks associated with the inefficiency of its use and policy responses, Sustainability 13(10):5625 doi:10.3390/su13105625
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
Berbel, J., Montilla-López, N.M. and Giannoccaro, G. (2020). Institutions and economics of water scarcity and droughts, Water 12(11):3248 doi:10.3390/w12113248
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
Espinosa-Tasón, J., Berbel, J. and Gutiérrez-Martín, C. (2020). Energized water: Evolution of water-energy nexus in the Spanish irrigated agriculture, 1950–2017, Agricultural Water Management 233:106073 doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2020.106073
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
Mesa Pérez, E. and Berbel, J. (2020). Analysis of barriers and opportunities for reclaimed wastewater use for agriculture in Europe, Water 12(8):2308 doi:10.3390/w12082308
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., Esteban, E. (2019). Droughts as a catalyst for water policy change. Analysis of Spain, Australia (MDB), and California, Global Environmental Change 58:101969 doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101969
Berbel, J., Expósito, A. and Borrego Marín, M.M. (2019). Conciliation of competing uses and stakeholder 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
Borrego Marín, M.M. and Berbel, J.(2019). Cost-benefit analysis of irrigation modernization in Guadalquivir River Basin, Agricultural Water Management 212:416-423. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2018.08.032
Expósito, A. and 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
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, International Journal of Water Resources Development wp2019197 doi:10.2166/wp.2019.197
Berbel, J. and Expósito, A. (2018). Economic challenges for the EU Water Framework Directive reform and implementation, European Planning Studies 26(1):20-34. doi:10.1080/09654313.2017.1364353
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. and 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 Calvache, M.L., Duque, C. and Pulido-Velazquez, D. (eds.), Groundwater and Global Change in the Western Mediterranean Area. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 35-42
Expósito, A. and 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. and 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. and 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
Berbel, J., Gutiérrez-Martín, C. and Martín-Ortega, J. (2017). Water Economics and Policy, Water 9:801. doi:10.3390/w9100801
Gutiérrez-Martín, C., Borrego-Marín, M.M. and Berbel, J. (2017). The economic analysis of water use in the Water Framework Directive based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water: A case study of the Guadalquivir river basin, Water 9(3):180. doi:10.3390/w9030180.
Borrego-Marín, M.M., Gutiérrez-Martín, C. and Berbel, J. (2016). Estimation of cost recovery ratio for water services based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water. Water Resources Management 30(2):767-783.
Borrego-Marín, M.M., Gutiérrez-Martín, C. and Berbel, J. (2016). Water productivity under drought conditions estimated using SEEA-Water, Water 8(4):138
Berbel, J., Gutiérrez-Martín, C., Rodríguez-Díaz, J.A., Camacho, E. and Montesinos, P. (2015). Literature review on rebound effect of water saving measures and analysis of a Spanish case study. Water Resources Management 29(3):663-678.
Berbel, J. and Gutiérrez-Martín, C. (2015). Farmer’s subjective elicited water response function for intensive olives and compromise programming method for irrigation supply decision, Economía Agraria y Recursos Naturales (Agricultural and Resource Economics) 15(2):51-68.
2014 and previous
Gutiérrez-Martín, C., Pérez Blanco, C.D., Gómez Gómez, C.M. and Berbel, J. (2014). Price Volatility and Water Demand in Agriculture. A Case Study of the Guadalquivir River Basin (Spain). In T. Bournaris, J. Berbel, B. Manosand D. Viaggi eds. Economics of Water Management in Agriculture. Boca Ratón, EEUU, CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Gruop, pp. 319-348.
Berbel, J., and Mateos, L. (2014). Does investment in irrigation technology necessarily generate rebound effects? A simulation analysis based on an agro-economic model. Agricultural Systems 128:25-34.
Mesa-Jurado, M.A., Martin-Ortega, J., Ruto, E., and Berbel, J. (2012). The economic value of guaranteed water supply for irrigation under scarcity conditions. Agricultural Water Management 113:10-18.
Berbel, J., Martin-Ortega, J., and Mesa, P. (2011). A cost-effectiveness analysis of water-saving measures for the water framework directive: the case of the Guadalquivir River Basin in Southern Spain. Water Resources Management 25(2):623-640.
Brouwer, R., Martin-Ortega, J., and Berbel, J. (2010). Spatial preference heterogeneity: a choice experiment. Land Economics 86(3):552-568.
Gomez-Barbero, M., Berbel, J., and Rodriguez-Cerezo, E. (2008). Bt corn in Spain—the performance of the EU’s first GM crop. Nature Biotechnology 26(4):384-386.