|Born||March 25, 1963|
|Known for||agricultural economics|
Justus Wesseler received his PhD 1996 in agricultural economics, focussed on economics in agricultural, environment and nature resources at the University of Göttingen. His dissertation covered the subject "The Economics of Introducing Fruit Trees into the Highlands of Northern Luzon, Philippines". In 2000 Wesseler received an assignment as an assistant professor Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group at Wageningen University. In 2005 he was appointed as associate professor. In 2010 Wesseler spent a two month sabbatical at LICOS, Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. In 2011 he received an appointment to professor for Agriculture and Food Economics, at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan of the Technical University Munich. In January 2014 he was appointed as Full Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group at Wageningen University.
Justus Wesseler lives in Belgium. He is married and has three children.
Justus Wesseler is known for his research on economic relevance of the bioeconomy. The emphasis is on the consideration of sustainability of the assessment of new technologies and public interventions in the market using the theory of real options. Significant contributions are an indicator of measuring the sustainability of the use of transgenic plants (Maximum Incremental Social Tolerable Irreversible Costs, MISTICs), considering the uncertainties and the potential irreversible costs and benefits of the technology thus enabling an application of the precautionary principle during the evaluation. Modelling economic assessment of the coexistence of the cultivation of transgenic and non-transgenic plants are other scientific contributions.
Research, educational and travel grants, awards
Since 2001 Wesseler took an active part in various international mostly multiannual research projects, partly as project coordinator. These projects include among other things:
Projects of the European Union:
- 2012 GRACE - Verification of GMO risk assessment elements and review and communication of evidence collected on the biosafety of GMO. http://www.grace-fp7.eu/
- 2012 INBIOSOIL - Innovative biological products for soil pest control aims at providing concrete and measurable environmental, social and economic improvements by developing innovative formulations and novel eco-efficient technologies using sustainable, environmentally friendly biological control agents (BCAs) to control soil borne crop pests as an alternative to conventional chemical pesticides. 15 Partner. http://inbiosoil.uni-goettingen.de/
- 2011 PRICE - Practical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe. 14 Partner. http://price-coexistence.com/
- 2007 EXIOPOL, A New Environmental Accounting Framework Using Externality Data and Input-Output Tools for Policy Analysis, 6th Framework Programme, Priority 6.3, Global Change and Ecosystems.
- 2007 CASES, Cost Assessment for Sustainable Energy Systems. 6thFramework Programme, Priority 220.127.116.11.5, Programme "Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area" Sustainable Energy Systems.
- 2006 TransContainer, Developing efficient and stable biological containment systems for genetically modified plants, 6th Framework Programme, Priority 5, Food Quality and Food Safety. http://cordis.europa.eu/search/index.cfm?fuseaction=proj.document&PJ_RCN=8820547
- 2006 DIABR-ACT, Harmonise the strategies for fighting Diabrotica virgifera virgifera. 6th Framework Programme, Area 8.1.B.1.2, Tools and assessment methods for sustainable agriculture and forestry management.
- 2005 RECREATE Restructuring higher education in resource and environmental economics in East-Asian transition economies.
- 2002 ECOGEN: Soil ecological and economic evaluation of genetically modified crops. 5th Framework, Subject: Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources.
Other research projects and seminars Wesseler coordinated or at which he took part were initiated by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG), the University of Nanjing, Nederlandse Organisatie vor Weetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), The Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK) and other institutions.
Activities in international organisations
Justus Wesseler is a member of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR): (http://www.icabr.org/) and coeditor of AgBioForum (http://www.agbioforum.org/). He is instrumental in the introduction of the masterprogram Life Science Economics and Policy (http://www.mslep.wzw.tum.de/index.php?id=2) at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich.
- Beckmann, Volker, Claudio Soregaroli, Justus Wesseler (2006): Co-Existence Rules and Regulations in the European Union. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88(5):1193-1199.
- Beckmann, Volker and Justus Wesseler (2007): Spatial Dimension of Externalities and the Coase Theorem: Implications for Coexistence of Transgenic Crops. In W. Heijman (ed.) Regional Externalities, 215-234. Berlin: Springer.
- Demont, Matty, Justus Wesseler, Eric Tollens (2004): Biodiversity versus transgenic sugar beets – the one Euro question. European Review of Agricultural Economics 31(1):1-18.
- Wesseler, Justus, Sara Scatasta, Eleonora Nillesen (2007): The Maximum Incremental Social Tolerable Irreversible Costs (MISTICs) and other Benefits and Costs of Introducing Transgenic Maize in the EU-15. Pedobiologia 51(3):261-269.
- Wageningen UR Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group
- Volker Beckmann, Nguyen Huu Dung, Max Spoor, Justus Wesseler, Shi Xiaoping (eds.) (2011): "Economic Transition and Natural Resource Management in East and Southeast Asia". Series on Institutional Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Shaker-Publisher, Aachen
- Meichi Chen, Arjan Ruijs, Justus Wesseler (2005): Solid waste management on small islands: the case of Green Island, Taiwan. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 45(1):31-47
- Matty Demont, Justus Wesseler, Eric Tollens (2004): Biodiversity versus transgenic sugar beets – the one Euro question. European Review of Agricultural Economics 31(1):1-18
- Enoch Kikulwe, Ekin Birol, Justus Wesseler, José Falck-Zepeda (2011): A Latent Class Approach to Investigating Developing Country Consumers’ Demand for Genetically Modified Staple Food Crops: The Case of GM Banana in Uganda. Agricultural Economics. 42:547–560
- Vujadin Kovacevich and Justus Wesseler (2010): Cost - Effectiveness Analysis of Algae Energy Production in the EU. Energy Policy 38(10): 5749-5757
- Timo Kuosmanen, Diemuth Pemsl and Justus Wesseler (2006): Specification and Estimation of Production Functions Involving Damage Control Inputs: A Two-Stage, Semi-Parametric Approach. American Journal of Agricultural Economic 88(2): 499-511
- Valentina Tassone, Justus Wesseler and Francesco S. Nesci (2004): Diverging incentives for afforestation from carbon sequestration – an economic analysis of the EU afforestation programme in the south of Italy. Forest Policy and Economics 6(6):567-578
- Thomas Venus, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Justus Wesseler (2012). Ist das Angebot von Nahrungsmitteln “Ohne Gentechnik” wirtschaftlich Nachhaltig? Quarterly Journal of Economic Research 81(4):93-110
- Justus Wesseler and El Hadji Fall (2010): Potential damage costs of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera infestation in Europe – the “no control” scenario. Journal of Applied Entomology 134(5): 385-394
- Justus Wesseler, Sara Scatasta, Eleonora Nillesen (2007): The Maximum Incremental Social Tolerable Irreversible Costs (MISTICs) and other Benefits and Costs of Introducing Transgenic Maize in the EU-15. Pedobiologia 51(3):261-269
- Justus Wesseler (ed.) (2005): Environmental Costs and Benefits of Transgenic Crops. Dordrecht, NL: Springer Press
- Richard Just, Julian M. Alston and David Zilberman (2006) The Economics of Biotechnology Regulation. New York: Springer
- Matin Qaim, (2009): The Economics of genetically Modified Crops. Annual Review of Resource Economics 1:3.1-3.29
- Volker Beckmann and Justus Wesseler (2007): Spatial Dimension of Externalities and the Coase Theorem: Implications for Coexistence of Transgenic Crops. In W. Heijman (ed.) Regional Externalities, 215-234. Berlin: Springer
- Claudio Soregaroli and Justus Wesseler (2005): Minimum distance requirements and liability: implications for coexistence. In J. Wesseler (ed.): Environmental Costs and Benefits of Transgenic Crops, 165-182. Wageningen UR Frontis Series Vol. 7, Springer, Dordrecht
- Volker Beckmann, Claudio Soregaroli, Justus Wesseler (2006): Co-Existence Rules and Regulatio1ns in the European Union. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88(5):1193-1199
- Volkert Beckmann, Claudio Soregaroli and Justus Wesseler (2010). Ex-Ante Regulation and Ex-Post Liability under Uncertainty and Irreversibility: Governing the Coexistence of GM Crops. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 4, 2010-9
- Rolf Groeneveld, Justus Wesseler, Paul Berentsen (2013): Dominos in the dairy: An analysis of transgenic maize in Dutch dairy farming. Ecological Economics 86(2):107-116
- Lehrstuhl für Agrar- und Ernährungswissenschaft TU München: http://aew.wzw.tum.de/index.php?id=2#.UYE1Y2z8Kyo
- Forschungsdepartment für Agrarökonomie: http://fda.wzw.tum.de/ ; Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan: http://www.wzw.tum.de/
- International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR): http://www.icabr.org/