Cornelis "Kees" van Kooten

Professor of Economics, University of Victoria

G. Cornelis van Kooten, a Fraser Institute senior fellow, held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Climate at the University of Victoria for 21 years. His research interest focuses on natural resource economics and management, and issues related to the economics of climate change.

At the University of Victoria, Professor van Kooten was responsible for one of the world’s few softwood lumber trade models, and led interdisciplinary studies on economic factors related to land use, carbon offsets, water use, energy, agriculture, forestry and wildlife. He has published 12 books and more than 230 academic articles.

Professor van Kooten is the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards, including being named a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He received a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Alberta, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from Oregon State University.