EPI-Water Project is implemented by a Consortium of 11 Partners.

The Consortium composition ensures the multi- and inter-disciplinarity of skills in order to allow the achievement of the project objectives. The members of the consortium have been selected on the basis of their recognised excellence within the research fields touched by the EPI-Water project as well as for their proven capability and commitment to research within a policy goal-oriented framework.

Consortium: 1. FEEM | 2. ACTeon | 3. Ecologic | 4. UNIBO | 5. WU | 6. NTUA | 7. IMDEA | 8. UoV | 9. MU | 10. AU-NERI | 11. BCE-REKK

Fondazione EnI ENRICO MATTEI, Italy

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance. Officially recognized by the President of the Italian Republic in 1989 and in full operation since 1990, FEEM has grown to become a leading research centre, providing timely and objective analysis on a wide range of environmental, energy and global economic issues.

FEEM’s mission is to improve through research the quality of decision-making in public and private spheres. This goal is achieved by creating an international and multidisciplinary network of researchers working on several innovative programmes, by providing and promoting training in specialized areas of research, by disseminating research results through a wide range of outreach activities, and by delivering directly to policy makers via participation in various institutional fora.

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Team: Jaroslav Mysiak (Co-ordinator), Martina Gambaro, Antonio Massaruto, Margaretha Breil, Lorenzo Carrera, Fabio Farinosi, Francesca Testella

Role in EPI-WATER: FEEM is the Project Coordinator, leading the WP1-MANAGE on coordination and management, the WP4 on EX-ANTE on in-depth evaluation of selected economic instruments and WP7-DISS on communication and the stakeholders involvement. Moreover FEEM participates actively in WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP6.

ACTeON sarl, France

ACTeon is a French research and consultancy organisation involved in the field of innovation and environmental policy. Its expertise lies with the „soft“ elements of the environment and policy development, i.e. economic analyses, social assessments, integrated approaches, institutional assessments, participatory processes and mediation. ACTeon has developed a unique expertise in the field of water policy and management at European, country and regional/river basin scales, playing a leading role in supporting the implementation of the economic elements of the EU Water Framework Directive (cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit, economic valuation, pricing...). And it has also specialised in the application of market based instruments in the water sector, such as (1) innovative instruments for financing water policy, (2) environmental taxes and charges, and (3) tradable permits (both quality and quantity).

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Team: Pierre Strosser (Team Leader), Pedro Andres Garzon D., Ute Ruf

Role in EPI-WATER: ACTeon is leader of WP5-LESSONS and WP6- POLICY. It will be in charge of the case study IV of WP4-EX-ANTE, and will give inputs to WP2-LESSONS activities and will be responsible for some case studies of WP3-EX-POST. Finally, ACTeon will participate actively to WP7.

Ecologic Institut GmbH, Germany

ECOLOGIC - Institute for International and European Environmental Policy - is a private not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and Washington. Founded in 1995, Ecologic is dedicated to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policies and to promoting sustainable development. Ecologic's work programme focuses on obtaining practical results and on enhancing the importance of environmental protection and sustainable resource management in the fields of foreign and security policy, international relations and global governance structures. As an independent, non-partisan body, it undertakes applied research and analysis to increase awareness and understanding of the political, economic and technological forces driving global change. Ecologic has a strong record of linking science and policy, especially in the domain of water.

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Team: Manuel Lago (Team Leader), Thomas Dworak, Jennifer Moeller-Gulland, Ljudmila Stamova

Role in EPI-WATER: ECOLOGIC is leader of WP3-EX-POST on the review of empirical evidence, experiences and lessons learned. Moreover will contribute in the WP2, WP4, WP5,WP6 and WP7.

University of Bologna - Alma Mater Studiorum, Italy

The University of Bologna , Alma Mater Studiorum, (UNIBO) was founded in 1088. It accounts for about 100.000 enrolled students, 23 Faculties, 69 Departments, 3500 academics and 3000 administrative staff. The main research areas of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering (DEIAGRA) are agricultural economics, rural appraisal and engineering. The research unit involved in the project deals with agriculture and environmental resources economics, policy evaluation, economic evaluation of projects and investments, evaluation of the impact of research activities, evaluation of technical development in agriculture, decision support models. Several research experiences (including 2 Eu projects and 2 national projects) address the issue of water management, in the two complementary fields of resource evaluation and assessment of economic incentive systems, particularly with a view of policy evaluation. Tools used involve principal-agent models, mathematical programming, monetary evaluation techniques.

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Team: Davide Viaggi (Team Leader), Meri Raggi, Monica Russo, Laura Sardonini, Diego Torresan

Role in EPI-WATER: UNIBO will lead Task 2.4 (Economic assessment criteria) and will participate in tasks 2.2, 2.6, 2.8 and 2.10. UNIBO will also contribute to WP3, particularly studying ex post the effectiveness of volumetric water pricing systems in Emilia Romagna (Italy). In addition UNIBO contributes also in WP4, WP5 and WP7.

Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Wageningen University (WU) is a leading institution in the area of life sciences and focuses on education and research in this area. The university offers BSc and MSc programs and currently hosts approximately 4,500 BSc and MSc students. The Department of Social Sciences is one of the five departments within WU and the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group is a chair group within this department.

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Team: Hans Peter Weikard (Team Leader), David Zetland, Richard Dreijer

Role in EPI-WATER: WU is leader of the WP2-ASSESS on the Framework for assessment and evaluation and takes a leading role in WP4: “In-depth evaluation of selected economic instruments”. In addition WU participates also in WP3, WP5, WP6 and WP7.

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, and has contributed unceasingly to the country's scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. The Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Management was founded in 1998 as one of the four Laboratories of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, which belongs to the School of Civil Engineering of the NTUA. It is a leading laboratory in the field of inland water management and related hydraulic works, and the study of the aquatic environment in general ( Fields of Intervention: IT frameworks, GIS and data base development, hydrology, meteorology, water resources monitoring and modelling, real time forecasting, sediment transport, training, education.

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Team: Maria Mimikou (Team Leader), Maggie Kossida, Christos Makropoulos, Maria Kalliampakou

Role in EPI-WATER: NTUA participates in all the WPs of EPI-Water and takes an important role in WP4 on EX-ANTE in-depth evaluation of selected economic instruments, carrying out a case study.


The IMDEA-Agua (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Water) is a non-profit organization (public research foundation). It aims at developing advanced research on water issues. IMDEA-Agua gathers an interdisciplinary research team specialized in water economics and law. This team is strengthened through its links with other institutions (universities, international organizations, practitioners, etc.), as well as with the inputs from other working areas within the IMDEA Foundation (physicists, chemists, engineers, geologists and other experts on the natural environment).

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Team: Carlos Mario Gomez (Team Leader), Gonzalo Delacamara, Estefania Ibáñez, Miguel Solanes, Diego Azqueta, Juana Sanz

Role in EPI-WATER: IMDEA-Agua will be responsible for leading task 2.1 on environmental outcomes as well as one of the main four case studies in WP4, emphasising on droughts and water scarcity (in the Tagus and Segura river basins, Spain). On top of that, IMDEA-Agua will play an active role in tasks 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7 and 2.8. Moreover it contributes also to WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP7.

Universitat De Valencia, Spain

The Universitat De Valencia (UNIVEG) founded in 1499, has today become a modern European University, open to the culture of practically every branch of teaching. Currently, the UVEG, with more than three thousand researchers, who make up 90 departments, 17 institutes and other research units, stands out as one of the main public research organisations in Spain. In fact, the UVEG has participated and is participating in more than 150 European Projects under the subsequent RTD European Framework Programmes (I to VII) and other European Programmes/Actions. The UVEG is generally recognized as one of the most outstanding Spanish universities in both national and international rankings. It ranks third among Spanish universities in indexed scientific production. More than 300 PhD theses are presented every year in the framework of 110 PhD programs, 31 of which have obtained the special Quality Award given by the Spanish Education Ministry.

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Team: Francesc Hernández, Angeles Sanchis, Mercedes Zaragozá, Maria Molinos, Rosa Garcia-Perez

Role in EPI-WATER: UVEG will lead Task 2.10 (Other issues) and will contribute as a partner to several other tasks in WP2 (Tasks 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8 and 2.9). Furthermore, UVEG will collaborate to the WP3 case studies (Tasks 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3) and will participate in the Spanish case study (Task 4.2). Moreover it contributes also to WP4, WP5 and WP7.

Middlesex University, Flood Hazard Research Centre, UK

Middlesex University is one of the UK’s largest universities and specialises in the provision of applied research services.
Over its more than thirty year history, FHRC has developed as an interdisciplinary research centre carrying out applied policy research for various government departments, NGOs and others in the UK as well government bodies overseas (e.g. South Africa, Hungary, France, Portugal, Germany), and international agencies, including the OECD, the WMO, and UNEP. Whilst centred on flood risk management, we approach the risk of flooding in the context of wider systems. One main theme of our research is governance into which economics has been subsumed. In 2000, the Centre was granted a Queen’s Anniversary Award for Further and Higher Education. Recent research has concentrated on the related human, environmental and social dimensions of water, coastal and hazard management including an emphasis on the impacts of factors of change on governance and decision-making processes.

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Team: Colin Green (Team Leader), Christophe Viavattene, Simon McCarthy, Joanna Pardoe

Role in EPI-WATER: MU-FHRC participates in all the WPs of EPI-Water and takes an important role in WP4 on EX-ANTE in-depth evaluation of selected economic instruments, carrying out a case study.

Aarhus Univerisitet, National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark

The National Environmental Research Institute (AU-NERI)is a research institute within the University of Aarhus. Staff members comprise about 450 and the annual turnover is about € 35 million. NERI is the major Danish environmental research institute and its mission is to provide a sound and informed scientific basis for making environmental decisions at the political, administrative and commercial level. NERI serves as scientific advisor to both national and international authorities and organisations. The department of Policy Analysis will be the main responsible partner. The department’s aim is to develop tools and methods for integrated assessment of human activity and environmental impacts, and to make this knowledge available for policy processes. The Department of Policy Analysis develops and communicates knowledge about interactions at the society-environment interface. It is an interdisciplinary research department, with nearly 40 staff ranging from engineers and sociologists to economists and political scientists. The economics and public administration group plays a key role in synthesizing the knowledge base of NERI as a whole. The Department of Policy Analysis collaborates with a wide network of experts in Denmark, and has formal cooperation with several universities on Ph.D. education.

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Team: Mikael Skou Andersen (Team Leader), Berit Hasler, Helle Ørsted Nielsen, Anders Branth Pedersen, Camilla Høgenhav Mikkelsen, Henrik Sandbech

Role in EPI-WATER: AU-NERI participates in all the WPs of EPI-Water and takes an important role in WP4 on EX-ANTE in-depth evaluation of selected economic instruments, carrying out a case study.

Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem - Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research, Hungary

The Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REEK) was founded in January 2004 at the Corvinus University of Budapest (formerly known as the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration). REKK is an independent non-governmental organization financed by cooperative agreements and commercial contracts. The purpose of REKK is to provide professional analysis and advice on networked energy markets that are sustainable both commercially and environmentally. REKK is active in Central Eastern Europe and South East Europe. In 2007 the Water Economics Unit was formed incorporating experts from the field. Its activities can be categorized into three different fields: research, consulting, and teaching.

The aims of REKK are twofold: (i) carry out high standard policy oriented research for the energy and water market actors and government institutions focused on policy, regulations and investment needs; and (ii) use these research results for educational purposes.

REKK partners are: central and local governmental organizations, international organizations, energy companies, non-profit organizations.

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Team: Péter Kaderjàk (Team Leader), Gabor Ungvari, Mónika Várnai

Role in EPI-WATER: BCE-REKK will be responsible for preparing the Tisza case study (results to WP3 and WP4). Preparatory-phase (WP3): assessment of previous researches and policy documents on the Tisza-case. Moreover it contributes also to WP2, WP4, WP5 and WP7.