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. Her work has been funded by the Canadian Water Network (where she has been both a PI and a member of other research teams), SSHRC, Health Canada, Environment Canada, and the Donner Foundation. 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. Her work has been published in leading economics journals.
In addition to her research program, Professor Dupont has served on a number of administrative/advisory committees. She is currently the elected Researcher member on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Water Network. She previously served a four-year term as a Member of the Board of Directors for the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, and a three year term (including one year as Chair) as a Member 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. She was an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and is currently an Associate Editor for Society and Natural Resources.
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