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Research interests

Daan van Soest is an environmental economist who focuses on using behavioral insights and (field-) experimental methods to assess and improve the effectiveness of environmental policy making – in developed countries, and also in developing countries. 



  • Since September 2013: Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Tilburg Sustainability Center;
  • January 2009 - August 2013: Professor of Environmental Economics at VU University Amsterdam (0.6 fte);
  • June 2006 - August 2013: Associate Professor, Tilburg University (0.4 fte from Jan. 1, 2009, onwards);
  • July 1998 - May 2006: Assistant Professor at Tilburg University (tenured since Jan. 1, 2004);
  • October 1997 - June 1998:Economic Advisor to the General Secretary of ATIBT, Association Technique des Bois Tropicaux, Paris. Coordination of sustainable forest management projects in tropical rainforests;
  • September 1993 - September 1997: Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics at Groningen University (The Netherlands).

Current courses

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PhD supervision


(Co)supervisor of PhD theses:

- Rahel Kitessa (with E.C.M. van der Heijden; May 22, 2018);

- Justin Dijk (with J.H. Ansink; July 2, 2015);

- Haki Pamuk (with E,H. Bulte; September 9, 2014);

- Jan Stoop (with Ch. Noussair; March 16, 2011);

- Andries Richter (with J. Grasman; March 4, 2011);

- Jetske Bouma (with A.J. de Zeeuw and E.H. Bulte; February 1, 2008)

External positions

Teaching and research (Wageningen University and Research)

1 Sep 2020 → …

External advisor (Raad van State)

1 Aug 2018 → …


  • Environmental Economics
  • Social Dilemmas
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development
  • Experimental Economics
  • Social Innovation


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