Damien Jourdain

Damien Jourdain

Agricultural and Natural Resources Economist


Dr. Damien Jourdain is working with the UMR Water Management, Actors, Territories (G-EAU) within Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD). Within G-EAU, he is an active member of the Practices, Social Representations and Behaviours within socio-hydrosystems (PRECOS) team.

He is currently secunded to the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Pretoria (UP). He is also the animator for CIRAD of a network on Public policies and Governance in Africa.

His research program focuses on:

  1. The economic value of hydro-ecosystems,
  2. The impacts of water allocation policies (efficiency, equity) and the potential implications for the food and energy sectors, and
  3. The economic and institutional instruments conducive to a reduction in water consumption by the different sectors, especially agriculture


  • Valuation of non-market goods
  • Farm modeling
  • Choice modeling
  • Q-methodology


  • Habilitation (HDR) in Economics, 2021

    Montpellier University

  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, 2004

    Montpellier University

  • DEA (eq. MS) in Agricultural Economics, 1995

    ENSA Montpellier

  • Ingenieur Agronome, 1987

    ENSA Rennes

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Current research

Project Participation/animation


Sustainable Intensification - Laos

Using Choice Experiment and Best Worst Scaling to identify farmers’ preferences

Social Capital & Agricultural Technology Development: SoCapZ

Using Experimental Economics, we intend to measure the impact of a development project on the social capital of communities targeted by technology development project

Urban Food Systems Resilience Under Climate Change Conditions - Algeria - Kenya - South Africa

Using contingent behavior to anticipate farmers adaptation to climate change

Value of the Wetland Ecosystems in Eswatini (former Swaziland)

Non-market valuation of wetland ecosystem services associate with the Hawane Wetland areas in Western Eswatini.

RAIZ - Zimbabwe

Using choice experiment and DCE to tailor technologies to farmer’s needs

Typoclim - South Africa

Identifying South African farmers potential reactions to policy instruments designed to foster their adaptation to climate change

Water Quality and Ecosystem Services in the Olifants Basin - South Africa

Identifying the diversity of perceptions about the relative importance of ecosystem services delivered by water-related ecosystems in the Olifants Basin in South Africa



Senior Researcher

University of Pretoria - CIRAD

Sep 2017 – Present South Africa

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching
  • Student Supervision (PhD, MSc)
  • Research Projects

Senior Researcher

Asian Institute of Technology - CIRAD

Aug 2010 – Aug 2017 Thailand

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching Natural Resources Economics module (45h/y - Natural Resources Management Phd and MS students)
  • Teaching Water Resource Economics (25h/y) - Water Engineering and Management PhD and MSc students)
  • Student Supervision (PhD, MSc)
  • Research Projects

Senior Researcher

International Rice Research Institute - CIRAD / UMR G-EAU

Aug 2006 – Jul 2010 Hanoi, Vietnam

Secunded to IRRI for the co-management of two research projects with ThaiNguyen University of Business Administration (TUEBA)

Responsibilities included:

  • Student Supervision (PhD, MSc)
  • Research Projects funded by Challenge Programme of Water and Food, and IFAD



Sep 2002 – Jul 2006 Montpellier, France

Agricultural and Natural Resources Economist at CIRAD

Responsibilities included:

  • PhD writing
  • Participation to Research Projects


Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT) / CIRAD

Sep 1997 – Aug 2002 El Batan, Mexico

Agricultural and Natural Resources Economist

Responsibilities included:

  • Participation to Research Projects
  • Analysis of potential of conservation agriculture in irrigated areas
  • Supervision of MS Students



Sep 1995 – Aug 1997 Montpellier, France

Agricultural and Natural Resources Economist

Researches included:

  • Farm Modeling components of Research projects
  • Influence of risk on adoption of farm technologies


United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) / CIRAD

Sep 1990 – Aug 1995 Bangkok, Thailand

Agricultural and Natural Resources Economist

Responsabilities included:

  • Data collection about pesticides and fertilizers in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Database construction and maintenance
  • Animation of a network of Governmental Agencies in charge of the registration and control of pesticides in the Asia-Pacific Region


  • CEEPA - University of Pretoria - Private bag X20 - Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, Gauteng 0028
  • Agricultural Annex Building