Research Theme: Economics
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Pitou van Dijck is Associate Professor of Economics at CEDLA. He graduated cum laude in Economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1977 and received his Ph.D. in Economics at the Vrije Universiteit in 1986.
His main fields of interest encompass macro-economic policies and particular trade policies, regional and multilateral rule systems for international trade and investment; and the potential impact of economic development, and particularly of the construction of the regionwide road infrastructure programme IIRSA , on the Amazon territory.
In the context of the first-mentioned research area he continues to analyse the development of regional integration systems, including the newly established UNASUR, and the insertion of Latin America in the multilateral trade system as shaped by the GATT-WTO rule system.
Moreover, in the context of two externally financed projects (Twinning and a project cofinanced by Cordaid) he analyses macro-economic developments in Suriname and the insertion of the country in regional markets .
The second research area focuses on the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the construction of long-distance roads to connect the countries in South America and improve their insertion in international markets. The IIRSA infrastructure programme for all of South America, introduced in September 2000, involves the creation of socalled development and integration hubs along corridors throughout the continent. Research focuses specifically on methodologies to assess the potential impacts of such corridors on environmentally vulnerable areas in the Amazon territory. Case studies deal with developments in Northern Bolivia, Northern Brazil and Suriname.
— (2009) Project Strategische analyse en participatief actieplan voor Z.O. Suriname, Suriname Special van LA Chispa
Selected Publications of Dr Pitou van Dijck
— The Impact of the IIRSA Road Infrastructure Programme on Amazonia (March 2013), Earthscan from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
— 'Sustainable Forest Management and the Guiana Shield Initiative', in Mirjam Ros-Tonen, Partnerships in Sustainable Forest Resource Management: Learning from Latin America, CEDLA Latin America Studies Volume 94, Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2007.
— (with Simon den Haak) Troublesome Construction: IIRSA and Public-Private Partnerships in Road Infrastructure. Cuadernos del CEDLA no. 20. October 2006.
— with Gerrit Faber (eds), Developing Countries and the Doha Development Agenda of the WTO, Routledge, London and New York, 2006.
— How to Save the Doha Round: A European Perspective, (with Gerrit Faber), European Foreign Affairs Review, Volume 11, Issue 3, Autumn 2006.