Experts' profiles - Derek Eaton
Derek Eaton
Derek Eaton works as a programme officer with the Economics & Trade Branch (ETB - based in Geneva) of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. An economist, Derek concentrates on research and analytics within the Green Economy Initiative, including indicators, metrics, and tracking green economy developments. At the moment, he is working with other members of the ETB team on the Green Economy Report, to be released later this year.

Prior to joining UNEP in 2009, Derek worked for 10 years with the Wageningen University & Research Centre in the Netherlands. Previously, Derek has worked as an economist for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and was also a Research Associate with International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). His first professional experience was with UNEP back in the 1990s, where he helped organize expert consultations that contributed to defining an agenda for UNEP's economics work post-UNCED (Rio, 1992). A citizen of both his native Canada and the Netherlands, Derek has worked extensively in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries, including living in both Kenya and Tanzania, as well as collaborating with and leading teams in East and Southeast Asia.


Derek is expecting to complete his PhD with Wageningen University in 2010, based on a series of articles on the economics of innovation and intellectual property rights over genetic resources. He holds an MSc degree in Environmental Economics (University College London, University of London), a diploma in International Development Co-operation (University of Ottawa), and a BSc in Economics, Quantitative Methods (University of Toronto).
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