Board of Directors

The Association is managed  by the Board of Directors consisting of a President, an incoming President, a Secretary-Treasurer, a Communication and Publications Officer, an Education and Extension Officer and a Research Officer. All the positions that make up the Board of Directors are free and designated by the General Assembly. Its term of office shall be four years.

The powers of the Board of Directors are:

a) Represent, direct and manage the Association in the broadest manner recognized by the Law, and execute and enforce the decisions taken by the General Assembly, in accordance with the rules, instructions and guidelines established by the General Assembly.
b) To make the necessary agreements regarding the representation of the Association in front of the public organisms and to carry out all kinds of legal actions and to interpose the pertinent resources.
c) To propose to the General Assembly the defense of the interests of the Association.
d) To propose to the Assembly the fees or contributions to be paid by the members of the Association.
e) To process the admission or expulsion of members.
f)  Call the General Assembly.
g) Submit the balance and the financial statements of each year to the General Assembly for approval and prepare the budgets for the following year.
h) Elaborate the annual report of activities and to submit it for the approval of the General Assembly.
i)  Elaborate the Internal Regulation;
j)  Inspect the accounting and ensure the normal operation of the services of the Association.
k) Define the commissions or working groups to achieve the most efficient and effective the aims of the Association, and authorize the acts they plan to carry out, naming the members of the Board of Directors who will be responsible for each one of them.
l) Any other faculty that is not of exclusive competence of the General Assembly of partners.

Current Board of Directors

President: Dr. Carmen Arguedas 2020-2024

Carmen Arguedas is Full Professor of Economics at the Department of Economic Analysis at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She holds a PhD in Economics from Carlos III University. She has been a visiting scholar at Duke University, State University of New York at Albany, Tilburg University, KU Leuven and the University of Innsbruck. She has served as Director of her Department in the period 2017-2019, member of the Board of Directors of AERNA in the periods 2011-2015 and 2015-2017, and President Elect of AERNA in 2020-2022. Currently, she serves as co-editor of Resource and Energy Economics, and associate editor of Environment and Development Economics.

Carmen is a microeconomist interested in environmental issues, and her work focuses on the theoretical analysis of information problems and incentives linked to the design and implementation of environmental policies. More recently, she has been working on the theoretical analysis of voluntary actions and collaborative consumption, as well as on laboratory experiments to understand behavior to face climate change. She has published her work in leading journals in the area of Environmental Economics, such as Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Resource and Energy Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics or The Energy Journal, among others. One of these publications was awarded the AERNA prize for the best publication in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics in 2012.

She has been involved in many national and international research projects, acting as leading researcher in several competitive projects financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Currently, she is leading a promising project on the economic and environmental consequences of peer-to-peer sharing with some colleagues from AERNA, within the call for strategic projects for the ecological and digital transition. She is very committed to the young generations and has been involved in the organization of several editions of an international Summer School on the Economic Foundations for Energy and Climate Policies (Berlin 2019, Madrid 2021, Florence 2022). She has presented her research in more than a hundred international conferences, workshops and seminars around the world.

Incoming President: Renan Goetz 2022-2026

Renan Goetz holds a Dr. sc. tech. and a venia legendi (habilitation) in the field of environmental and resource economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Before joining the University of Girona in the year 1997 he had been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley for two years. Currently he holds a position of a Full Professor at the University of Girona. He served as the Head of the Department of Economics for four years and as the coordinator of the Ph.D. program of the Department of Economics for three years. He has led a large number of projects financed by national agencies and participated actively in the evaluation of research projects at the national and international level (FP7, H2020, National Science Foundation, BARD). He has been Country Representative for Spain at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). Currently he is Co-Editor of the book series Natural Resource Management and Policy published by Springer and of the journal Water Economics and Policy. His research is situated in the interface of agricultural/environmental economics and mathematical modeling.

His research topics are the management of natural resources like forest, water and land-use. The results of his research among others were published in journals like: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Applied Mathematical Letters, Environmental and Resource Economics, Forest Science, Ecological Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Nonlinear Analysis, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Development Economics, Mathematical Population Studies, and Optimal Control Applications and Methods.

Secretary: Encarna Esteban 2020-2024

Encarna Esteban holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zaragoza (2010) and a MSc in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics from the University of Connecticut-USA (2008). She is Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Analysis, University of Zaragoza (Spain). Her research interests focus on the field of environmental and natural resource economics, water resource management, and climate change. Her publications cover the management and control of groundwater resources, climate change impacts at global and regional scales, and the modeling of aquatic ecosystems. Her most recent publications are devoted to different aspects of political economy, institutional and behavioral analyses applied to natural resources, game theory applications in hydrological systems, and bioeconomy. For additional information see: http://encaresteban.wixsite.com/eesteban

Officer: Julia de Frutos Cachorro 2020-2024

Julia de Frutos Cachorro, PhD in Economics, is assistant professor in the Department of Economic, Financial, and Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Barcelona (UB) and member of the Barcelona Economic Analysis Team (BEAT). Graduated in Mathematics by the University of Valladolid in 2009, she got a PhD in Economics from the University of Montpellier in 2014. From 2015 to 2017, she worked in different Belgian and European projects as a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University. In 2017, she moved to the University of Barcelona as a visiting professor, a position she held until recently. Currently, she taught at the Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Barcelona) at undergraduate and master levels and participates in a research project financed by the Spanish Ministry on Environmental Policies and Dynamic Games. Her research interests include different topics in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics, such as water resource management, climate change adaptation in agriculture and renewable energy policies. Her research has been published in top field journals such as Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Resource and Energy Economics and Energy Policy.

Officer: Alexandra Leitão 2022-2026

Alexandra Leitão is Associate Professor at Católica Porto Business School, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal). PhD in Economics, with specialization in Environmental Economics, from Nova School of Business and Economics. MSc in Finance from Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto. Degree in Economics from Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto. She held the positions of Associate Dean for Undergraduate programs and Director of the Master’s in Business Economics. Her research interests focus on the field of environmental and natural resource economics, climate change, circular economy and macroeconomics.

 Officer: María Pilar Martínez-García 2022-2026

María Pilar Martínez-García is Associate Professor at the University of Murcia. She graduated in Mathematics and holds a PhD in Economics, with specialization in Environmental Economics, from the University of Murcia. She participates in research projects financed by the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry on Environmental Economics. Her research interests include different topics in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics, such as non-constant discounting, economic growth, migrations and firm relocations. Her research has been published in top field journals such as Environmental and Resource Economics, Spatial Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Economic Modelling, Tourism Economics and Tourism Management, among others. For additional information see: http://www.um.es/PilarMartinez

Former Board of Directors

From 2002 to 2018

Board of Directors (2017-2018)

  • President: Antoni Riera
  • Incoming president: Santiago Rubio
  • Secretary: Maria Loureiro
  • Officers:  Esther Blanco; Renato Rosa; José L. Oviedo

Board of Directors (2015-2017)

  • President: Antoni Riera
  • First vice-president: Pedro Pintassilgo
  • Second vice-president: Alejandro Caparrós
  • Secretary: Maria Loureiro
  • Officers:  Alberto Ansuategi; Carmen Arguedas; Esther Blanco; Guiomar Martín-Herrán

Board of Directors (2011-2015)

  • President: Emilio Cerdá
  • First vice-president: Carmelo León
  • Second vice-president: Montserrat Viladrich
  • Secretary: Francisco J. André
  • Officers:  Carmen Arguedas; Maria José Gutiérrez; Maria Loureiro;  Àngels Xabadia

Board of Directors (2008-2011)

  • President: María Antonieta Cunha e Sá
  • First vice-president: Marta Escapa García
  • Second vice-president: Manuel Varela Lafuente
  • Secretary: María Clara Costa Duarte
  • Officers: Francisco J. André García; Alejandro Caparrós Gass; Antoni Riera Font; Catarina Roseta Palma

Board of Directors (2005-2008)

  • President: Pablo Campos Palacín
  • First vice-president: Rui Jorge Ferreira Dos Santos
  • Second vice-president: José Manuel Lima Santos
  • Secretary: Alejandro Caparrós Gass
  • Officers: Marta Escapa; Carlos Mario Gómez; Carmelo León; Catarina Roseta Palma

Board of Directors (2002-2005)

  • President: Pablo Campos Palacín
  • First vice-president: Rui Jorge Ferreira Dos Santos
  • Second vice-president: Santiago Rubio
  • Secretary: Emilio Cerdá
  • Officers: Vicent Alcántara; Miguel Buñuel; Renan Goetz; Carlos Mario Gómez
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