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, 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 previously served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the North American Association of Fisheries Economists and 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.
Steven Renzetti is a Professor of Economics at Brock University having earned his PhD in economics at the University of British Columbia in 1990. Professor Renzetti’s research is principally concerned with the economics of water resources. He is the author of The Economics of Water Demands (Kluwer, 2002) and coauthor of Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources (Blackwell, 2004). Professor Renzetti’s current research is concerned with modeling industrial water recycling decisions and measuring household water conservation decisions. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Renzetti has acted as a consultant for a number of government agencies including Environment Canada, the International Joint Commission and the World Bank. Dr. Renzetti is an Associate Editor of Water Resources Research and recently served on the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Groundwater.