Roy Brouwer obtained his MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands and his PhD degree in Environmental Economics from the University of East Anglia in the UK. Before joining the University of Waterloo, he was Chair of the Department Environmental Economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2005-2015).
He is a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology in Zürich, adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Economics in the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, member of the External Advisory Board of the Vienna Technical University Doctoral Program on Water Resource Systems, member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), and founding Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Water Resources and Economics.
Roy worked 5 years outside academic research as an economist in the Dutch Water Ministry (2000-2004), where he was responsible for the economic underpinning of national and transboundary water policy related to climate change and flood control, urban water management, water quality and river restoration. He has a broad interest in environmental economics to support sustainable development and natural resource management in developed and developing countries. His main research interests are in water resource economics, in particular water resource valuation, hydro-economic modelling and water policy instruments. He has worked in a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects around the world.