Maria Blanco

2 Research Positions in Agroeconomic Modelling

The agroeconomic modelling group of the Technical University of Madrid is looking for agroeconomic modellers in the field of water-energy-food nexus.

The selected candidate will:

  • Actively participate in research projects in the field of water-energy-food nexus, as well as the drafting of scientific publications and policy reports.
  • Contribute to the analysis of case studies in Spain, including interviews, stakeholder workshops and data analysis.
  • Be involved in the development of agroeconomic models (GAMS language).


  • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics or closely related field.
  • Proficient oral and written English skills.

Essential Criteria:

  • Knowledge of economic modelling methods and tools.
  • Highly developed GAMS and/or R programming skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Wide knowledge of Spanish agricultural and water policies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The Position: One-year position, renewable up to three years. Conditions according to standard regulations in Spain. Gross salary based on qualification and experience.

Work place: Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering, Av. Puerta de Hierro 2, 28040 Madrid.

How to apply: Applicants should send an email to – with the reference AgroEcos2017 in the subject line – attaching: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae, (2) a motivation letter, and (3) names and contact details for two referees.

Deadline for applications: Applications received by August 10th, 2017 will be reviewed first. Late applications will be considered if a suitable candidate is not identified by the deadline.


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Why Everybody Should Know Some Economics

Why Everybody Should Know Some Economics

In this interview, Ha-Joon Chang – autor of the book Economics: The User’s Guide – claims that people should know more about economics so that they can make informed judgements.

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Is clean air a public good? For how long?

Staying alive shouldn’t depend on your purchasing power

Posted by Jose Luis Vivero on Dec 12, 2013

How much would you pay for staying alive? How much would you pay for breathing pure air? That may seem a silly question since air is everywhere, accessible to all. Air is a global public good, part of the commons – and yet in China a smart entrepreneur is already selling canned air at around 50p a can.

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The pig bang theory

The Curious Case of the Exploding Pig Farms

Posted By Sarah Zhang on Dec 02, 2013

On the possible (unexpected) side-effects of feeding DDGS and the hasty jump to
antibiotics as remedy in the US.

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USDA Outlook 2013

USDA Agricultural Projections to 2022

USDA’s 10-year projections for the food and agriculture sector cover major agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators of the U.S. farm sector, such as farm income and food prices.

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Fossil fuel subsidies: billions up in smoke?

From OECD Insights

February 11, 2013
Patrick Love

According to the IEA’s 2012 World Energy Outlook, fossil fuel subsidies amounted to $523 billion in 2011, up almost 30% on 2010 and six times more than subsidies to renewables.

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