ESR 14: Elvia Rufo Jimenez


Country of origin: Spain

Host institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Contact: e.rufojimenez@vu.nl

About me

Originally from Spain, Elvia has a background in environmental economics and her research work focuses on environmental socio-economic and monetary analysis, based on ecosystem services provision. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Economics at the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) and participated in the Erasmus+ programme at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam (Netherlands). Through this international experience, she developed a profound interest in economic analysis aimed at informing decision-makers.

Given the critical importance of evaluating costs and benefits of natural capital, she carried out a MSc programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). She has been involved in several environmental economic valuation research projects, using spatial analysis tools and econometric-based software methods. Her master's thesis investigated the socio-economic values deriving from natural capital based on its ecosystem services provision in Denmark. Recently, she contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), expanding her knowledge on the existing methods to evaluate natural capital and ecosystem services from a socio-economic viewpoint.

As of November 2020, Elvia is employed as ESR14 under the PRORISK project in the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam (Netherlands). Her research focuses on evaluating the socio-economic impacts of chemical substances on ecosystem services provision and natural capital. Her study aims to further develop socio-economic evaluation methods, quantifying the economic damages of chemicals to different stakeholders across time and space.

Project

Project title: Socio-economic evaluation of the impacts of chemicals on natural capital and ecosystem services
Objectives:

Developing novel methods for socio-economic evaluation of chemical effects on provision of ecosystem services and natural capital.
Quantifying economic damage accounting for distribution of impacts across different stakeholders in time and space.
Testing impact of risk communication formats on public perception and valuation of chemicals and ecosystem services.

Expected results:

Improved economic cost/benefit analysis of chemical impacts on ecosystem services delivery and natural capital to support current and future decision-making related to implementation of REACH, affecting chemical industry and regulatory authorities.
Link with 2004 European Environmental Liability Directive aimed at the prevention and remedying of environmental damage based on the polluter pays principle.
Improved methodological approaches to provide empirical data and information about socio-economic impacts of selected chemicals on ecosystems across the EU to support European policy makers and regulatory agencies.

Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Planned secondments:
Consulteco, M15, 2 months, implementation of environmental economics and risk assessment in practice
UWaterloo, M26, 6 months, use of ecosystem service data for socio-economic assessment
Work package: 5 - Risk assessment and socio-economic evaluation of ecological effects
Supervisors:

Pieter J.H. van Beukering, VUA
Radka Vokurková, Consulteco
Roy Brouwer, UWaterloo/VUA
Michiel Rutgers, RIVM

Host institution and enrolment: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam