Yong Jiang

Senior Lecturer in Water Resources Economics


Dr. Jiang is a staff water and environmental economist at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. He previously also worked as researcher, assistant professor, and consultant across academia, government agencies, and international organizations including VU University Amsterdam, Michigan State University, the National Science Foundation of the U.S., and the World Bank. Trained as an applied economist also with background in planning and engineering, Dr. Jiang has expertise and rich experience in integrated, quantitative approach to studying environmental and natural resource issues within a multidisciplinary setting. 

At IHE Delft, Dr. Jiang's activities encompass research, education and capacity development related to water and environmental management. As a sole economist here, Dr. Jiang contributes economics expertises to many applied research projects in water and environment. He delivers economics lectures across course modules of Master of Science programs here, such as IWRM as a tool for adaptation to climate adaptation, strategic delta and river basin planning, and wetlands for livelihood. In particular, he coordinates and teaches water economics, a course that is unique for our water management and governance program and that is popular and highly evaluated as an open short course for external water professionals from renowned international organizations such as the United Nations Environmental Program, the Caribbean Development Bank, and Global Environmental Facility. In terms of capacity development, he has delivered many capacity building training courses or workshops on water economics and ecosystem service valuation abroad in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Benin, and Georgia. Over the past 3 years, he has organized in the Netherlands tailor made training programs on Dutch water management for water administrators and professionals from the Water Affairs Bureau of Nanjing, China. In addition, Dr. Jiang mentors both master and doctoral student research in water, climate change, and agriculture and environment related issues in developing countries. 

Research Summary

Dr. Jiang's research interest is broadly defined within environmental and natural resource economics and policy with trackable publication records. He is particularly interested in holistic, systematic, and multidisciplinary approaches to studying environmental and natural resource issues. He is enthusiastic about applying integrated, quantitative modeling approaches to understand human interaction with biophysical systems and to develop implications for policy. Previous research activities encompass climate change and policy, weather and food security, land use policy, conservation biology, water resource management, integrated assessment of agricultural and environmental policy, and environmental valuation. His scholarly research work has led to publications in leading peer-reviewed professional journals such as Ecological Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, Environmental Science and Policy, and Journal of Environmental Management. He has rich experience working with different expertises in a mulitidisciplinary environment. His recent interests include economics and governance of nature-based solutions and water and environmental financing through policy and management innovations and capacity building. 



List of relevant publications:

Articles in refereed journals

Urbanization & Stormwater Management Related

Jiang, Y., Zevenbergen, C., Ma, Y., 2018. Urbanization pluvial flooding and stormwater management: a contemporary review of China’s challenges and “sponge cities” strategy. Environmental Science and Policy 80, 132-143. DOI 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.11.016

Jiang, Y., Zevenbergen, C., Fu, D., 2017. Understanding the challenges for the governance of China’s “sponge cities” initiative to sustainably manage urban stormwater and flooding. Natural Hazards 89(1), 521-529. DOI 10.1007/s11069-017-2977-1.

Jiang, Y., Zevenbergen, C., Fu, D., 2017. Can “Sponge Cities” mitigate China’s increased occurances of urban flooding? Aquademia: Water, Environment and Technology 1(1), 03.

Urban Sprawal, Ecosystem Conservation, & Land Use Management Related

Jiang, Y., Swallow, S.K., 2017. Impact fees coupled with conservation payments: a conceptual model with an illustration for environmental goods at the urban-rural fringe. Ecological Economics 136, 136-147.

JiangY., Swallow, S.K., 2014. Providing an ecologically sound community landscape at the urban-rural fringe: a conceptual, integrated model. Journal of Land Use Science 10(3), 323-341. DOI: 10.1080/1747423X.2014.898103.

JiangY., Swallow, S.K., Paton, P., 2008. Designing a spatially-explicit nature reserve network based on ecological functions: an integer programming approach.  Biological Conservation 140(3-4), 236-249.

JiangY., Zuo, Y., 2000. Interaction of trade and the environment and its revelation to China. Urban Environment & Urban Ecology (in Chinese)13(2), 36-38.

Ecosystem Services Assessment & Economic Valuation related

Rahman, M.M., JiangY., Irvine, K., 2018. Assessing wetland services for improved development decision-making: A case study of mangroves in coastal Bangladesh. Wetland Ecology and Management, 1-18. DOI 10.1007/s11273-018-9592-0.

Gandarillas, V.R., Jiang, Y., Irvine, K., 2016. Assessing the services of high mountain wetlands in tropical Andes: A case study of Caripe wetlands at Bolivian Altiplano. Ecosystem Services 19, 51-64.

JiangY., Swallow, S.K., McGonagle, M.P., 2005. Context-sensitive benefit transfer using stated choice models: specification and convergent validity for policy analysis. Environmental and Resource Economics 31(4), 477-499.

China Water Resource Management related

Jiang, Y., 2015. China's water security: current status, emerging challenges, and future prospects. Environmental Science and Policy 54, 106-125. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.06.006.

JiangY., 2009. China’s water scarcity.  Journal of Environmental Management 90, 3185-3196.

Basin Development & River Flow Assessment related

Ngo, L.A., Masih, I., JiangY., Douven, W., 2016. Assessing the impact of reservoir operation and climate change on the hydrologic regime of the Sesan and Srepok rivers in the lower Mekong basin. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1875-y.

Fanaian, S., Graas, S., Jiang, Y., van der Zaag, P., 2015. An ecological economic assessment of flow regimes in a hydropower dominated river basin: the case of the lower Zambezi river, Mozambique. Science of The Total Environment 505, 464-473. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.033.

Agriculture, Climate Change Impact, Carbon Sequestration, & Biofuels Development related

Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W., 2014. Estimating the field effect of weather on crop production with unobserved producer behavior: a bioeconomic modeling framework. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 16(3), 279-302. DOI: 10.1007/s10018-014-0079-9.

Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W., 2014. Producer preference for land-based biological carbon sequestration in agriculture: some implications from a sample of North Dakota farmers. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 69(3), 231-242. Doi:10.2489/jswc.69.3.231.

Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W., 2013. The short-term impact of a domestic cap-and-trade climate policy on local agriculture: A policy simulation with producer behavior. Environmental and Resource Economics 58(4), 511-537. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9737-9.

Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W., 2013. Estimating regional agricultural supply of greenhouse gas abatements by land-based biological carbon sequestration: a Bayesian sampling based simulation approach.  Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 2(3), 266-287. DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2013.806041.

Jiang, Y., Koo, W.W., 2010. Short-term impact of cap-and-trade climate policy and agricultural adjustment.  Policy Issues 11, 1-5.

Jiang, Y., Swinton, S.M., 2009. Market interactions, farmers’ choices, and the sustainability of growing advanced biofuels: a missing perspective?  International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 16(6), 438-450.

Book chapters

Jiang, Y., 2009. Chapter 2. Water Scarcity in China: Current Situation and Chapter 5. Deepening Water Rights Administration and Developing Water Markets, In: World Bank China Analytical and Advisory Assistance Report: Addressing China’s Water Scarcity: Recommendations for Selected Water Resource Management Issues, World Bank, Washington D.C.

Invited internet media contributions

Jiang, Y., 2014. Addressing "Why have so many high-profile, expensive efforts to improve the global distribution of clean water failed?" for Zocalo Public Square, a not-for-profit daily Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism based in Southern California, USA. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2014/03/14/if-clean-water-is-a-right-why-have-we-been-so-wrong/ideas/up-for-discussion/

Jiang, Y. (Lead Author), Chen, B. (Topic Editor), 2010.  Water scarcity –China.  In: Encyclopedia of Earth.  http://www.eoearth.org/article/Water_scarcity_-_China.  Eds. Cleveland, C.J.  Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington D.C.

Conference proceedings

Jiang, Y., Swallow, S.K., 2007. Open space preservation, property value, and optimal spatial configuration.  In: Burns, R., Robinson, K., Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, 2006 April 9-11, Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 128-134.




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