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: Alejandro Caparrós 2019 – 2022

Alejandro Caparrós, PhD in Economics (U. Complutense), is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Public Goods and Policies of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and lecturer at the University Carlos III in Madrid. He served previously as Director of the Institute for Public Goods and Policies (IPP-CSIC) and Director of the Center for Social Sciences and Humanities (CCHS-CSIC). He has also been post-doc at the CNRS in Paris, lecturer at the University Paris Est and visiting scholar at the Universities of Berkeley, Columbia, Paris II, Paris Est, Bordeaux, Göttingen, Exeter, Bath and Innsbruck. He has participated in a large number of research projects funded by the European Commission and national agencies, and has worked as consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Statistics Division and local entities. He currently serves as Lead Author of the chapter on International Cooperation for the WGIII Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is the Country Representative for Spain at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EARE).

His current research deals with two topics: (i) incentives for cooperation and international negotiations on global public goods and (ii) public goods and ecosystem accounting. He has published over 50 papers in journals such as Science, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, Land Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, Public Choice, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Public Economic Theory, among others.

Incoming President: Carmen Arguedas 2020 – 2024

Carmen Arguedas (Jaca, 1969) holds a PhD in Economics from Carlos III University. She is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economic Analysis at the Autonomous University of Madrid. 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, and as a member of the Board of Directors of AERNA in the periods 2011-2015 and 2015-2017.

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. 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, being the leading researcher in several competitive ones financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Ministry of Science and Innovation. She has presented her research in more than a hundred international conferences, workshops and seminars around the world. Currently, she serves as an Expert Reviewer for the Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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:

Officer: Arantza Murillas 2019 – 2022

Arantza Murillas Maza works as Principal Investigator since 2004 in the marine research division of AZTI, in the field of the marine socioeconomics. She has a PhD in Economics. She has worked on research topics such as, the natural resources valuation, economic assessment of ecosystem services, fisheries management and bio-economic modelling, maritime economy, blue growth and fisheries governance. She has applied these expertise topics in more than 20 European projects and many other regional and national projects. Recently, in 2018 she is coordinating the EC call for proposal MARE/2014/04 to support DG MARE enhancing small-scale fishing sector´s participation in decision-making and, the project EBArtesa (EMFF) to manage small-scale fisheries under an ecosystem approach. Currently, she is leading an international consortium CABFISHMAN (INTERREG Atlantic Area) aiming to improve the protection of the marine environment and marine resources in the Northeast Atlantic Area, through engaging small-scale fisheries and facilitating a stakeholder-led approach to the ecosystem-based bio-economic management of fisheries. She also participated in Marine Strategy Framework Directive related projects. She authored more than 50 publications, including international peer-reviewed journals and some book chapters, being referee in many international journals.

Officer: Margarita Robaina 2019 – 2022

Margarita Robaina holds a PhD in Economics, a Master’s in Business Economics and a degree in Economics from the University of Aveiro. She is a member of the Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy Research Unit (GOVCOOP), in the Competitiveness, Innovation and Sustainability group. Its areas of interest are Energy Economics, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, Energy and Environmental Policy and General Equilibrium Models. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT) at the University of Aveiro since 2011. She held the positions of Vice-director of the Master in Management and Planning in Tourism and Tutor of the Course of Economics in the Program of Mentoring at the University of Aveiro. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Department and Director of the Master in Sustainable Energy Systems. Margarita has several publications in books and international journals with scientific arbitration, and has participated in several conferences, both in the Organizing Committee, in the Scientific Committee, and as moderator and speaker. She has been linked to some projects and working groups, such as: Characterization Study for the Reordering and Enhancement of the Lagoon Fisheries, within the Ria de Aveiro Polis Litoral; Preparation of Guiding Documents for the Axes of the Agency for Sustainability and Competitiveness (RUCI); Group of Mission for the Sustainable Development of the University of Aveiro; Green Tax Reform Working Group; KATCH_e – Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development for the Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education; ARTUR – The impact of the air quality on the competitiveness of tourism destinations; Sustainable Agro-Forestry Biomass Supply Chain Management Model supported on a Web Platform. She is Vice-President of the Portuguese Association of Energy Economics – APEEN and member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Economics of Natural and Environmental Resources (AERNA). She is also a member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

 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.

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