Hans Opschoor

Professor Hans Opschoor (J.B.) is a prominent figure in the field of environmental and ecological economics since 1971. From 1978 onwards, he specialised in international aspects of these fields, especially the North-South nexus. He has worked and lived in Southern Africa (Botswana) and has been involved in projects in India and China. Currently, he is working at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, as Professor of Economics of Sustainable Development, and at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, as Professor of Environmental Economics. He is also associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is a Member of the UN Committee on Development Policy and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and has Honorary Professorships at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and at Nanjing Agricultural University.



Biodiversity, sustainable development and economic analysis / J. Hans B. Opschoor / J.B. OPSCHOOR Centre for Development Studies (CDS). - Trivandrum, Kerala : Centre for Development Studies, 2004.

Human impact on environment and sustainable development in Africa / ed. by Michael Darkoh and Apollo Rwomire / M. DARKOH A. RWOMIRE; J.B. OPSCHOOR; M.A.M. SALIH;. - Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

The sustainability of long-term growth : socioeconomic and ecological perspectives / ed. by Mohan Munasinghe, Osvaldo Sunkel, Carlos de Miguel / M. MUNASINGHE O. SUNKEL; C. de MIGUEL; J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar (2001).

Environmental economics and development / ed. by J.(Hans) B. Opschoor, Kenneth Button and Peter Nijkamp / J.B. OPSCHOOR K. BUTTON; P. NIJKAMP;. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 1999.

Operationalising sustainable development: economic-ecological modelling for developing countries / Kanchan Chopra, Gopal K. Kadekodi in collab. with Alison Gilbert ... [et al.] / K. CHOPRA G.K. KADEKODI; J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - New Delhi : Sage.- (Indo-Dutch studies on development alternatives, series_number:22) (1999).

On population growth and social justice for all : round table debate, Oegstgeest, 7 Jan. 1998 / Nafis Sadik, Hans Opschoor, Aleli Marcelino / N. SADIK J.B. OPSCHOOR; A. MARCELINO;. - The Hague: Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development (CORDAID), 1998.

Principles of environmental and resource economics : a guide for students and decision-makers / ed. by Henk Folmer, H. Landis Gabel, Hans Opschoor / H. FOLMER H.L. GABEL; J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - Aldershot: Elgar, 1995.

Economic incentives and environmental policies: principles and practice / ed. by Hans Opschoor and Kerry Turner / J.B. OPSCHOOR K. TURNER;. - Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1994.

Managing the environment : the role of economic instruments / [prep. by J.B. Opschoor, A.F. de Savornin Lohman, H.B. Vos] / J.B. OPSCHOOR A.F. de SAVORNIN LOHMAN; H.B. VOS;. - Paris : OECD, 1994.

Environment, economy and sustainable development / ed. by Johannes (Hans) B. Opschoor / J.B. OPSCHOOR. - Amsterdam ; Groningen : Free University, Dept. of Spatial and Environmental Economics, Association of Post-Keynesian Studies ; Wolters- Noordhoff, 1992.

Economic instruments for environmental protection / [by J.B. Opschoor and Hans B. Vos] / J.B. OPSCHOOR H.B. VOS;. - Paris: OECD, 1989.

Prospects of economic growth / editors S.K. Kuipers and G.J. Lanjouw / S.K. KUIPERS G.J. LANJOUW; F. van DAM; H. LINNEMANN; J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - Amsterdam [etc.]: North-Holland (1980).

Economic approaches to environmental problems : techniques and results of empirical analysis / D.E. James, H.M.A. Jansen and J.B. Opschoor / D.E. JAMES H.M.A. JANSEN; J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - Amsterdam: Elsevier.- (Fundamental aspects of pollution control and environmental science, series_number: 3) (1978).

Environmental economics and development / ed. by J.(Hans) B. Opschoor, Kenneth Button and Peter Nijkamp / J.B. OPSCHOOR K. BUTTON; P. NIJKAMP;. - Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.- (Environmental analysis and economic policy, series_number:5 Elgar reference collection, series_number: 5)

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"Globalisation and Policies/Politics towards Sustainable Development in Developing Countries". In: Wijen, Frank, Kees Zoeteman and Jan Pieters (eds). A Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy: National Government Interventions in a Global Arena. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2005: 277-313.

"Knowledge Sharing in Support of Human Development". In: Spoor, Max (ed) 2004. Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict: a critical 'development' reader. Kluwer Ac Press, Dordrecht: 307-322.

"Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and Economic Analysis". CDS Public Lecture Series, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India, 2004, 47 pp.

Knowledge Sharing in Support of Human Development: ISS on its 50th Anniversary. Address by the Rector on the occasion of the 50th Dies Natalis of the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, 9 Oct. 2002. ISS, The Hague 2003 (32 pp).

"North South Research Co-operation: Opening Statement". In: KNAW: North-South Research Coperation: International Conference December 3 2001, KNAW Amsterdam 2002.

“Economic Growth, the environment and welfare: are they compatible?”. In R. Seroa da Motta: Environmental Economics and Policy Making in Developing Countries: Current Issues. Edward Elgar Cheltenham/Northampton 2001:13-36.

“The Ecological Footprint: Measuring Rod or Metaphor?” In: Ecological Economics Vol 32 No 3 (March 2000):363-367.

"Making the Benefits of Biodiversity Conservation Visible and Real: Institutional Aspects in a Biodiversity Research Programme". Environment and Development Economics Vol 4 (2: May 199):226-230.

"The Value of Ecosystems: Whose Values?". Ecol Econ. Vol 25 No. 1 (April 1998): 41-45.

"Sustainability, Economic Growth and Development". Journal of Social and Economic Change Vol 1 1997 No 1:15-35.

"The Hope, Faith and Love of Neolassical Environmental Economics". Ecological Economics Vol 22 No 3 (sept 1997): 281-283.

"Ecospace and the Fall and Rise of Throughput Intensity", Ecological Economics Vol 15 (1995) No.2:137-141.

"Chain Management in Environmental Policy: Analytical and Evaluative Concepts". In: Opschoor J.B. and R. K. Turner, eds. (1994).

Economic Incentives and Environmental Policies: Principles and Practice. Kluwer Acad. Publ/Europ. Science Found., Dordrecht 1994:197-229. JEL: Q2.

"North South Trade, Resource Degradation and Economic Security". Bulletin of Peace Proposals. Vol. 20 (2), Oslo (1989), PRIO-Sage, pp. 135-142.

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Other resources

Resume Hans Opschoor

Environment and poverty: perspectives, propositions, policies / J.B. (Hans) Opschoor / J.B. OPSCHOOR. - The Hague: Institute of Social Studies (ISS), 2007.

The poverty of essentialism: development and culture in international education / Hans Opschoor / J.B. OPSCHOOR. - The Hague: ISS, 2004.

Knowledge sharing in support of human development: ISS on its 50th anniversary / J.B. Opschoor / J.B. OPSCHOOR. - The Hague: ISS, 2002.

Sustainability, economic restructuring and social change/Hans Opschoor / J.B. OPSCHOOR. - The Hague: ISS, 1996.

Economic growth and patterns of emissions reconsidering the empirical basis of Environmental Kuznets Curves / S.M. de Bruyn, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, J.B. Opschoor / S.M. de BRUYN J.C.J.M. van den BERGH; J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - Amsterdam : Vrije Universiteit, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie, 1996.

Towards environmental performance indicators based on the notion of environmental space : report to the Advisory Council for Research on Nature and Environment, the Netherlands / by: R. Weterings and J.B. Opschoor / R. WETERINGS J.B. OPSCHOOR;. - Rijswijk : Advisory Council for Research on Nature and Environment (RMNO), 1994.

Environmental resources utilisation in communal Botswana / J.B. OPSCHOOR. - Gaborone: University College of Botswana, National Institute of Development and Cultural Research (NIR), 1981.

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