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Alain-Désiré Nimubona is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO). He obtained a License in Economics and Management Sciences, with high distinction, from the University of Burundi, as well as an MSc and a PhD in Applied Economics from HEC Montreal (affiliated with the University of Montreal).

Alain-Désiré Nimubona is interested in both empirical and theoretical research related to sustainable development. Among others topics, he researches the interaction between the stringency of environmental regulation and the structure of the eco-industry – the specialized industry that supplies goods and services to deal with pollution and the conservation of environmental resources. One of his current research projects accounts for the behaviour of this eco-industry to examine how Alberta oil sands mining firms make decisions regarding the use of abatement goods and services to reduce their environmental footprint. He has produced academic articles and research reports in the areas of development economics, entrepreneurship, and environmental economics.

Alain-Désiré Nimubona has also been involved in public policy formulation, notably as a consultant at the Institute for Economic Development (IDEC) in Burundi, the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) in Burundi, the ministry of planning and reconstruction of the Republic of Burundi, and the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Trudeau Scholarship, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, 2004-2007
  • Esdras Minville Prize, HEC Montreal, 2006
  • Henry Laureys Grant of excellence, HEC Montréal, 2004
  • Grant of excellence, Canadian International Development Agency, 2000-2002
  • Development Co-operation Prize, Belgian Development Co-operation and the Royal Museum for Central Africa, 2000
  • Associate Professor, Economics
  • University of Waterloo

  • Office: Hagey Hall 212 (UW)

  • (519) 888-4567 | Ext. 33949

Environment and Resources
  • Ph.D., Applied Economics, HEC Montreal (University of Montreal), 2008
  • M.Sc., Applied Economics, HEC Montreal (University of Montreal), 2003
  • Licence, University of Burundi, 1999


  • 2012. Pollution Policy and Liberalization of Trade in Environmental Goods. 53(3): 323-46.
  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné. 2011. Polluters and Abaters. 103-104: 9-24.
  • Maia David and Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné. 2011. Emission Taxes and the Market for Abatement Goods and Services. 33(1): 179-91.
  • Désiré Vencatachellum. 2007. Intergenerational Education Mobility of Black and White South Africans. 20: 149-82.

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