Professor of Economics
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Diane Dupont holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia. She is a Professor in the Economics Department at Brock University where she held the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence from 2006-2009. The Canadian Water Network, SSHRC, CIHR, Health Canada, Environment Canada, and the Donner Foundation have funded her work. She works with researchers in other fields, as well as researchers across Canada, in the United States, England, and Australia.
Her current research program concentrates upon examining ways to encourage more efficient and sustainable use of water resources both on the supply and demand side. On the supply side, she is looking at factors that help to identify which water utilities operate most efficiently and sustainably. On the demand side, she has undertaken a number of non-market valuation studies to determine the value of good quality water as it relates to individuals’ perceptions of the health effects of tap water.
Professor Dupont is the elected Researcher representative to the Canadian Water Network Board of Directors (2010-2012). She is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the North American Association of Fisheries Economists and served as a Member (and Chair for one year) of the Scientific Advisory Committee for WorldFish Centre, Penang, Malaysia. Prior to that, she served as a Member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association and as a Member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Adjudication Committee (Economics). She has just finished a three-year term as an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and is now an Associate Editor for Society and Natural Resources.
How does economics fit into sustainability/ESRC?
I am an environmental economist. I examine the relationships between economic activity and natural and environmental resources. In particular, I work in an area called non-market valuation, which means that I employ techniques to determine the values of goods/services that are not bought and sold in a market, for example, the value of ecosystem services. We need to know these values in order to ensure that we are using our scarce resources in such a way to make society as well off as it can be.