Economic and institutional analysis

The Economic and Institutional Analysis group deals with the following aspects:

  • Analysis of the design and implementation of economic policy instruments for sustainable water management.
  • Integrated management of water resources: economic dimensions.
  • Economic regulation of the urban water cycle.
  • Water governance.

What do we do?

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all UN Member States, which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

The research carried out by the group contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Research team


Dr. Carlos Mario Gómez Gómez

Professor at the University of Alcalá. Madrid. Spain


Marta Rodríguez Gómez

Research assistant



    2023 - 2025

    Scientific network on the risks of extreme events and pollution on the Iberian fluvial systems: Application to management

  • Water4All

    2021 - 2028

    Water Security for the Planet


    2015 - 2018

    Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services across EU policies


    2011 - 2013

    Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe


  • 2023 - 2023

    The impact of the Dutch Nitrogen Ruling on affected European Union Member States and innovative solutions to nutrient removal from water

  • 2021 - 2024

    Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Strategy support for Work Programme 2021-2024

  • 2021 - 2023

    Update of river basin management plans and associated programs of measures for the 4 river basins in Bulgaria

  • 2021 - 2025

    Framework contract for “Water for the Green Deal’ - Implementation and development of the EU water and marine policies”

  • 2020 - 2021

    Support study for the impact assessment on the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

  • 2020 - 2021

    Evaluation of the Sewage Sludge Directive 86/278/EEC

  • 2020 - 2021

    WFD Common Implementation Strategy support for WP 2020-2021

  • 2020 - 2024

    Multiple Framework service contract in four (4) lots for the provision of external expertise on regulatory and policy issues in the fields of: Lot 2: Climate Change

  • 2020 - 2021

    Economic data related to the implementation of the WFD and the FD and the financing of measures

  • 2019 - 2024

    Framework Contract on Economic analysis of environmental policies and analytical support in the context of Better Regulation

  • 2019 - 2023

    Update of the economic analysis needed for the preparation of the third River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) in Bulgaria

  • 2019 - 2019

    Economic valuation of the aquatic ecosystem services of the Community of Madrid. Support for the implementation, monitoring and integration of the Natura 2000 network of the Community of Madrid Nº 04 68621

  • 2019 - 2019

    Cost recovery in the use of groundwater in the upper Guadiana and the Doñana locations

  • 2017 - 2019

    Integrated Assessment of the 2nd River Basin Management Plans

  • 2016 - 2020

    Framework contract on evaluation, review and development of EU water policy

  • 2017 - 2018

    Capitalization of the SABA+ experience and conceptualization for the global up-scaling

  • 2016 - 2018

    Framework Contract to provide services to support to Commission policy activities on the Bathing Water, Drinking Water and Urban Waste Water Treatment Directives

  • 2016 - 2017

    Urban Water and Sanitation in Spain

  • 2015 - 2019

    Multiple framework service contract in five (5) lots for provision of external expertise on regulatory and policy issues in the fields of environmental policies, climate change, sustainable development, public health and food safety

  • 2015 - 2016

    Hydro-Economic Analysis on Water Demand Reduction & Water Supply Augmentation: Identifying Cost-effective Solutions in Mongolia

  • 2015 - 2015

    Decision-making framework for water resources management plans

  • 2014 - 2015

    Support to the various Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) Groups

  • 2014 - 2015

    Analysis of the potential for growth and job creation through the protection of water resources – Pack 2

  • 2014 - 2016

    Maximising Water Reuse in EU. Assessing alternatives for the promotion of reclaimed wastewater reuse, including for agriculture

  • 2014 - 2015

    Future trends in the Mediterranean Sea, MED programme “Maritime Integrated Approach”

  • 2014 - 2014

    Hydro-economic analysis and prioritization of water resource investments in Peru

  • 2013 - 2014

    Pilot Project - Atmospheric Precipitation - Protection and efficient use of Fresh Water: Integration of Natural Water Retention Measures in River basin management

  • 2013 - 2017

    Framework Contracts on Water Economics

  • 2012 - 2013

    Potential for growth and job creation through the protection of water resources, with a special focus on the further implementation of the WFD and Floods Directive

  • 2012 - 2016

    Framework Contract to provide services to support the development and implementation of EU Freshwater Policy

  • 2011 - 2013

    Groundwater Governance: a global framework for country action

  • 2011 - 2012

    Ex-post external evaluation of the 6th phase of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP-VI)

  • 2010 - 2011

    Water conflict management in Peru and modernization of water management in Chile

Other programs and initiatives

  • 2016 - Ongoing

    Water Policy Dialogues (OECD Water Governance Initiative) Brazil, Argentina and Peru

  • RiverRes

    River Restoration Benefits Action Group (EIP Water Action Group)


    2013 - 2017

    Smart Prices and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries (EIP Action Group)