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David Zetland

University lecturer

D.J. Zetland
+31 70 800 9312

David Zetland researches on the political-economy of water, the environment and the commons. As a university lecturer at Leiden University College, he teaches courses on economics, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and the commons.

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David Zetland is a university lecturer at Leiden University College, where he teaches various classes on economics, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and the commons. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008, held an S.v. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley (2008-2010), did research as a Senior Water Economist at Wageningen University (2011-2013), taught at Simon Fraser University (Spring 2014), and held a Visiting Fellowship at KAPSARC in Riyadh (May 2014). He blogs at The One-handed Economist, has written three books (The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity (2011), Living with Water Scarcity (2014), and The Best of Aguanomics (2018)), and edited and published two collections of climate disruption stories (Life plus 2 Meters, Volumes I and II). David gives talks to public , professional and academic audiences and writes for popular and academic outlets. David lives in Amsterdam.

Academic Expertise:

  • The Commons
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Social Entrepeneurship


  • Environmental Economics
  • The World of Entrepeneurs
  • Growth and Development Economics
  • Sharing Scarcity: The Commons
  • Sharing Scarcity: Water
  • Transdisciplinary Studies

University lecturer

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.37



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