Description and Main Topics


In February 2018 will take place the 5th GLOBAQUA training course on Economics of Sustainable Water Management in accordance to the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment (MEA) and Sustainable Development Goals of UN Agenda 2030 on 19th & 20th of February 2018 at ATHENA Research and Innovation Information Technologies in Maroussi, Greece. The event will introduce the basic principles of resource economics related to water with focus on the Water Framework Directive and the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment. The topics covered include: Economic instruments for sustainable water management, market and non-market valuation techniques, uncertainty and risk implications for water management, political economy of freshwater and participatory approaches to water management. The training course will be under the auspices of the UN SDSN Greece ( and will draw heavily on practical examples from the GLOBAQUA project and other water-related projects from ICRE8 (,  the UN SDSN Greece co-hosting institution. Participants will be able to understand in depth the economics of water management and implications for sustainable development with the help of the lecturers and application to case studies. The course will develop in morning and afternoon theory and application sessions, seminal and keynote lectures. The stepwise approach aims at ensuring that participants assimilate the basics of economics of sustainable water management.


Target Groups

The workshop is envisioned for postgraduate students, researchers at any stage in their professional career, as well as water professionals interested in the economics of freshwater management and sustainable development.



The course is coordinated by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri. Professor Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD (2000), MSc (1996) and MPhil (1995) in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor in Economic and Econometric Theory and Applications (with emphasis on Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory: ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability ( at the same University. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the CCCEP: Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (, London School of Economics (UK).  Phoebe Koundouri is the Founder and Scientific Director of the non-for-profit ICRE8: International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy ( ICRE8 is the host of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN)-Greece ( and Prof. Koundouri is the Co-Chair of UNSDSN-Greece. She has published 15 edited books and monographs, and more than 250 articles in academic journals and edited volumes. She is a highly cited academic author ranked in the top 1% of all female economists in the world. Since 1996, she has coordinated and/or participated, in more than 60 research projects on natural resources management issues. She has organized a number of international conferences and supervised numerous PhD students, all of them now working in academia. Over the last two decades, Phoebe Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world, and received scholarships and prizes for academic excellence from various academic institutions and foundations.


Registration and fees

Regular registration: 200 €. The fee will cover attendance to the course, coffee breaks and lunches during the course. Travel and subsistence costs are not covered.