Universidad de Córdoba WEARE Research Group


  • Role in the project: UCO will lead WP3 Agroeconomic module and will participate in the general development of GOTHAM with the expertise in agricultural economics, farmers’ behaviour, hydro-economic modelling, water policy and governance.

  • Core competences: agricultural economics, environmental management, agribusiness, biotechnology, community-base management, bioeconomy, social-econoligal systems

  • Name of the main contact: Julio Berbel

The Water, Environmental and Agricultural Resources Economics (WEARE) research group is headquartered at the University of Cordoba (Southern Spain), although it has some members in other countries. This research group is linked to the Department of Agricultural Economics and the School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering.

WEARE is the results of the joint interest of a group of senior and junior researchers whose research is mainly focused on water economics issues related to agriculture as well as sustainability of agricultural systems and environmental valuation.

Current research interests include:

  • Economic instruments for water governance
    • Water pricing
    • Water markets and water banks
    • Water accounting
  • Sustainable water management
    • Common-pool resources
    • Reliability in water supply
    • Effects of improving the efficiency of water
    • Economics of wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture
    • Economic valuation of water resources
  • Mathematical modelling focused on ex-ante agricultural and environmental policy analysis
    • Multi Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT)
    • Positive Mathematical Programming (PMP)
    • Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)
  • Ecosystem services and public goods provided by agricultural sector
  • Social and policy issues in rural areas
  • Common Agriculture Policy: Agri-Environmental Challenges
    • Ecosystem Services and Public Goods provided by Agricultural Sector
    • Designing of Agri-Environmental Policy Instruments
    • Sustainability of Agricultural Systems
    • Modelling of Consumer and Farmer Behaviour
    • Analysis of Innovation Adoption
    • Social and Policy Issues in Rural Areas