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Senior academic and water resources management and water economics specialist. He is currently a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Department of Economic and Institutional Analysis of Water at IMDEA Water Foundation and Faculty Member of the Belpasso International Summer School in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
He has recently worked on decision-making techniques for the Environment Agency (2015), as part of the support of that regulator to water utilities in England and Wales. His current roles include water policy advisor to the European Commission (EC DG ENV) as part of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) Working Group on Economics and to the the European Parliament (2014-2018).
He is also water policy advisor for the World Bank as part of the 2030 Water Resources Group (WB, IFC, WEF – 2013-2016) framework contracts in which he has led the hydroeconomic analysis of water investments in the Pacific coastal catchments of Peru and is currently leading the work stream on the economic valuation of water resources and the use of economic incentives for water management in Mongolia, as well as the hydroeconomic analysis in two mining regions and the capital city (Ulaanbaatar).
He is an international consultant on water and energy economics for UN agencies such as ECLAC, FAO, WHO-PAHO, UNDP and UNESCO, and international development banks (WB; IFC, IDB). Within a wide range of economic analysis assignments, he has worked on different studies to link water policy and macroeconomic performance in the EU (2013-2015), as part of the so-called European Semester. He has also coordinated the research team for the EU FP7 EPI-Water project (2011-2013) on economic policy instruments for sustainable water management, in which an economic assessment of environmental outcomes of EPIs was a key outcome.
Gonzalo also coordinates IMDEA’s contribution to the EIP-Water Action Group RiverRes and to the study for DG environment on maximising water reuse in the EU. Within the newly H2020 granted project AQUACROSS (2015-2018), Gonzalo leads the development of a common framework for the assessment of aquatic ecosystems.