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David Zetland

Assistant professor

D.J. Zetland
+31 70 800 9312

David Zetland researches 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. David also convenes (coordinates) the Governance, Economics and Development major.

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David Zetland is a university lecturer at Leiden University College, where he convenes the GED major and teaches classes on economics, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and the commons. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008, and held positions in the US, Netherlands, Canada and  Saudi Arabia before coming to LUC. 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

Assistant professor

  • 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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