Luke Brander

Environmental Economist

Luke Brander works as a freelance environmental economist based in Hong Kong. He holds part-time positions at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, as a senior researcher; and the Faculty of Social Science, Hong Kong University, as a Honorary Associate Professor.

Luke’s main research interests are in the design of economic instruments to control environmental problems and the valuation of natural resources and environmental impacts. He has worked on the valuation of wetlands, forests, grasslands, mangroves, coral reefs and urban open space using primary valuation methods and through meta-analyses of the ecosystem valuation literature. On-going projects include an assessment of ecosystem based adaptation to climate change in Micronesia and Melanesia; the development of methods for mapping and assessing economic values for ecosystem services for the European Union; and a cost-benefit analysis of ecosystem based adaptation options in Hue, Vietnam.

Luke is an experienced teacher of environmental economics. He has given university courses at Masters level, tailored workshops to policy makers and practitioners, and supervises PhD research.

Planted mangroves in the Tam Giang Lagoon

EbA as an approach to increase flood resilience of the vulnerable

This policy brief shows that ecosystem-based adaptation can be a promising approach to increase flood resilience of vulnerable groups in society, such as women and the poor.

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Perfume River in Thua Thien Hue Province

Ecosystem-based Adaptation, Women and Flood Resilience in Central Vietnam

ResilNam aims at strengthening the role of women in DRM and CCA through ecosystem-based adaptation, namely the restoration and sustainable management of mangroves and urban water bodies.

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Luke is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

52de8ec3f3599economics-of-adaptation - climate adaptation.

Economics of adaptation

Assessing the costs of adaptation using multiple lines of evidence.
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52dfc61c7c7d5ecosystem-based-adaptation 1 - climate adaptation.

Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Enhancing ecosystem services to support climate adaptation.
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52dfc30a748ddadaptation-decision-making 1 - climate adaptation.

Adaptation planning

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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