Berit Hasler

PhD, Senior Researcher - Head of section


Dr. Berit Hasler is Senior Researcher (since 2002) and Head of Unit (Section) (since 2007) of Environmental Social Science at Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University. Educational Background: Cand. Techn. Soc., Roskilde University, Denmark. PhD Agricultural Economics with the title “ Styring af kvælstofanvendelsen i landbruget”  (in English: “Policies to regulate nitrogen in agriculture” , The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark. PhD courses in Operations Analysis (at KVL and the Norwegian Agricultural University) and valuation (KVL).  Master of Governance, CBS, 25 ECTS courses.


Senior researcher, environmental economics, Local Governmental Research Institute Denmark (Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut, AKF) (1999-2002).   Researcher, environmental economics, Department of policy Analysis, National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark. PhD student Department of policy Analysis, National Environmental Research Institute/Enrolled at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark (1992-1997).


  • Integrated analysis of environmental policies and instruments, emphasis on integrating economic understanding and modelling in cross-disciplinary cooperation with natural scientists, learning from their insight to integrate the use of data and models.  Modelling and assessments of cost-effectiveness of nutrient abatement measures.

  • Policy instruments and regulation of agricultural pollution (nutrients, pesticides), water quality (marine, freshwater, groundwater), land-use and nature protection, resource utilization (nutrients in particular) as well as contaminants. Analysis of economic instruments (tradeable quotas, taxes, subsidies, auctions and contracts) and command-and-control)

  • Valuation of non-marketed benefits, in particular aquatic ecosystem goods and services, development of frameworks for spatial assessments and mapping of ecosystem services, especially related to aquatic and marine ecosystem services.  

  • Interest in utilizing the research results and impact on society at large, to be engaged in advise and consultancy for relevant institutions, including Danish Ministries, HELCOM, OSPAR and the EU Commission.


2017-2020:      EU Horizon 2020 project ”FAIRWAY”. Theme: Groundwater protection, pesticides, nitrate and decision support.   Use of spatial modelling for decision support. Role: PI for AU. Grant size in total: 5 mill EUR (approx. 33 mill. DKK), AU: 1.6 mill DKK   

2015-18: BONUS project "GO4BALTIC" (Coherent policies and governance of the Baltic Sea ecosystems" . Theme: Policy analysis and modelling of tradeoffs between agricultural, climate and nutrient policies. Incentives for farmers use of technologies and land use changes. Role: project coordinator, PI.  Responsible for scientific strategy, coordination, administration as well as for the GO4BALTIC Fram Survey in 5 countries. Responsible for cost-model development at Baltic Scale. Grant size in total: 2 mill. EUR (approx. 15 mill. DKK) AU:  5.7 mill DKK, including 2 post docs.

 2014 – 2017:   AU/DCE project DEEMON. Theme: Integrated modelling of effects of nutrient utilisation technologies. Role: Responsible for economic modelling.Grant: Internal AU funding..

2012-2013:      AU/DCE’s project ECOSYS. Theme: Concept for analysis and assessment of ecosysten services, ECOSYS. Role: WP lead on aquatic ecosystem services. Grant: Internal AU funding. 

2016-2017:      FORMAS Sweden Eelgrass valuation. Theme: Restauration of eelgrass beds, ecosystem services and economic valuation. Role: WP lead, economic part.  Grant AU ENVS funding: 150000 DKK.

2012 – 2017:   Strategic Research Program, now Danish Innovations Fund NOVAGRASS: Theme: Restauration of eelgrass beds, ecosystem services and economic valuation, based on  substitute/replacement costs. Role: WP lead, economic part. Grant size, AU ENVS funding: 220.000 DKK. 

2012-2017:      Strategic Research Program, now Danish Innovations Fund Research Alliance: dNmark:Theme: Innovative solutions to the nitrogen challenges. Economic modelling of cost-effectiveness, spatial modelling, catchment Limfjorden. Economic incentives for nutrient abatement, farmers incentives to trade abatement requirements. Role: WP lead Policy and economic analyses, PI AU ENVS. Grant size: AU ENVS: 3 mill. DKK, including post doc. 

2008-2012:      Strategic Research Program, now Danish Innovations Fund: REMTEC. Theme: Soil contamination and remediation, valuation of household willigness to pay for remediation, incl. risk. Role: WP lead, economic part. Grant size in total: AU ENVS/Economic analysis: 600.000 DKK

2011-2012:      Strategic Research Program, now Danish Innovations Fund: MONITECH. Theme: Wetland restauration, cost-effective monitoring in streams. Role: WP lead, economic analyses. Grant AU ENVS: 400.000 DKK.  

2010-2013:      Strategic Research Program, now Danish Innovations Fund: IMAGE Theme: integration of economic, catchment and marine models for cost-effectiveness analysis, nitrogen abatement. Role: WP lead economic modelling, valuation. Grant size: 4 mill. DKK, including PhD

2010-2013:      Strategic Research Program, now Danish Innovations Fund : MUMIHUS. Theme: Mussel production as a measure for nitrogen uptake and assimilation in fjords, cost-effectiveness and management method/incentives. Role: WP lead, economic part. Grant size AU ENVS: 1 mill. DKK

 2007 – 2011:   Baltic Nest Institute BNI Theme: Integrated modelling, economic analyses, costs and benefits of improving the marine environment/the Baltic Sea Role: Co-Chair of Danish BNI, WP lead, economic part. Responsible for the Danish design and implementation  of the BalticSurvey (questionnaire about use of the Baltic Sea including travel costs) and the BalticSun - a contingent valuation study on WTP for reduced eutrophication. Grant size: AU ENVS: 1 mill. DKK. Internal AU funding. Including post doc.

2009 – 2012    BONUS  project RECOCA. Theme: cost-minimisation modelling, integration of economic and natural scientific data and models. Model development for the entire Baltic Sea catchment.Role: WP lead, economic component.Grant size: AU ENVS: 1 mill DKK. 

2009-2012       Interreg project WATERPRAXIS.Theme: costs and benefits of nutrient reductions to the Baltic Sea Role: WP lead, economic component, and responsible for Course for managers in WFD economic analyses.

2006-2011:      Ministry of Agriculture, Denmark; research program on the Aquatic Action Plan.Project name: “Cost and benefits of reductions of nitrogen and phosphorus loads from Danish agriculture”. Theme: Modelling cost-effectiveness and regulation of phosphorus losses from agriculture, instruments and incentives. Benefits of water quality improvements, made together with the EU project Aquamoney, valuation study made equally in 5 northern European countries. Role: Coordinator of the project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture; co-supervisor PhD, responsible for the design of the valuation study. Grant size in total: 4,6 mill. DKK, own part: 2,7 mill. DKK. PhD and post doc included.

2004-2009:      EU FP6 SENSOR. Theme for contribution: Modelling tourism and demand for environmental assets. Role: project participant, responsible for modelling Tourism demand.  

2002-2006:      Valuation of groundwater protection and purification, Danish EPA Theme: valuation of groundwater protection and purification, using stated preference methods Contingent valuation and Choice experiments. Role: project leader, responsible for the design of the valuation (contingent valuation and choice experiments). Grant: 1 mill. DKK

Before 2002: Project leader and participant at AKF (Local Governmental Research Institute), among others research funding from the Strategic research from the Research councils.


2017- 2020:     Framework contract, led by Copenhagen University/IFRO, with possibility for extension to 2024. Client: Ministry of Environment and Food. Theme: Economic advise. Role: Coordinator of the framework contract AU ENVS; lead of 2 projects 2017. Responsible for negotiating annual working programs, follow up and  monitoring performance; quality control and other administrative and supportive issues.Grant size in total (IFRO+AU): 5,3 mill in 2017, 5,1 mill per year 2018-2020. AU ENVS:  in all 2,55 mill.  2017: approx. 1,1mill DKK for advisory projects, 1,05 mill. for research cofunding, and 500.000 for phd cofunding.

2016: Socioeconomic assessment EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive for Denmark. Client: Ministry of Environment and Food. Theme: Definitions of analyses and description of data for economic analyses in the Directive. Role: Project leader, participated as Danish expert at HELCOM and OSPAR meetings. Grant size : 100.000 DKK

2015-2016:      Socioeconomic assessment of aquatic regulation. Client: Ministry of Environment and Food. Theme: Economic analysis of costs and benefits of wetland  restoration and  set aside. Role: Coordinator of the project, responsible for AU ENVS’s part Grant: 0,6 mill. DKK AU ENVS. 150.000 DKK  

2012– 2015:    Pesticide prototype decision support system (DSS). Client: Danish EPA pesticide research.Theme: Pesticide prototype decision support system (DSS) that can be used in the choice of pest control for important agricultural crops. Role: WP lead economic part. Grant size, AU ENVS: 300.000. 

2010- 2011:     Economic assessment of the costs of nature maintenance and protection. Client: Ministry of Environment and Food. Theme: Economic analysis of nature maintenance and protection of grasslands. Role: WP lead  economic part.Grant size: 150.000 DKK AU ENVS, economic part.

2010: Willingness to pay for water quality improvement. Client:  Swedish EPA. Theme: Literature review of studies estimating willingness to pay for water quality improvements in countries around the Baltic.Role: WP lead Danish part.Grant: approx. 200.000 DK

2010-  2011     Economic accounting of water,  WFD experiences. Client: EEA. Theme: Economic analysis of WFD, accounting, examples.Role: Lead ENVS.Grant: 100.000 DKK 

2014:               Water framework Directive Danish implementation, economic costs of measures. Client: Ministry of Environment and Food. Theme: Economic analysis  of costs of measures. Role: lead   AU ENVS, economic part.Grant size:  approx. 150.000 DKK AU ENVS

2013-2016:      Updating of economic cost-calculations, environmental technologies.Client: Ministry of Environment and Food. Theme: Economic cost updating of costs of environmental technologies, Role: Lead ENVS.Grant: 20.-50.000 per year, in all approx. 140.000 DKK.

2014 -15:         MARECOS: review marine ecosystem services.Client: Nordic Council of Ministers. Theme: Ecosystem services - marine. Concept and examples, data and examples. Role: Coordinato. Grant: 500.000 NOK, AU ENVS 90.000 DKK. 

2013:               Environmental economic research as a tool in the protection of the Baltic Sea: - costs and benefits of reducing eutrophication. Client: Nordic Council of Ministers.Theme: Summary of economic Baltic Sea research on costs and benefits of marine water quality improvements. Dissemination for Nordic end users and HELCOM. Role: Danish lead.Grant: 500.000 NOK, AU ENVS 150.000 DKK.

2004-2009:      Ex ante and ex post evaluations of the Aquatic Action Plan, and advise on the WFD exemptions.Client: Ministry of Environment . Theme: Ex ante and ex post calculations and modelling of cost-effectiveness of measures and instruments. Evaluation of benefits, inputs to guidelines to assess basis for exemptions. Role: Economic NERI participant.Grant:  600.000 DKK for cost-assessments, 250.000 DKK. for assessments of economic reasons for applying exemptions to good ecological status in the WFD (using valuation studies and cost-based assessments), in all approx. 850.000 DKK.

2006-2007:      Valuation of nature protections and biodiversity: effects of scale in space and time.   Client: Ministry of Environment. Theme: Valuation study Store Aamose at Zealand and nature parks: a test of the effects of scale, sensitivity to scope. Role: Project leader. Grant:  700.000 DKK.

2006-2008:      Pesticide regulation. Client: Ministry of Environment , pesticide research.Theme: Modelling costs and farmers adaptation to tax and spray free buffer zones. Linked to fauna model and groundwater exposure model. Role: WP lead Economic model part.Grant:  700.000 DKK.

2005-2006:      Valuation of wetland restoration in Store Aamose. Client: Ministry of Environment , Theme: valuation of use and non-use values related to nature retauration project in Store Aamose.Role: Project leader. Grant:  700.000 DKK

In addition participation in a large number of research and advisory projects, as well as projects aiming for dissemination.



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PUBLICATIONS-SUMMARY (See publications for details)

First author: 6 and last author 7 of 33 publications (peer reviewed), Book chapters and proceedings: 30. Reports: 57.  In addition a large number of popular dissemination, as well as scientific and popular conference presentations.


Main and cosupervisor for 4 PhD students, 4 post docs.  Co-supervisor of 9 Master’s thesis students, Other staff:  supervision of academic employee; 4 research assistants (former, no research assistants at present).

She has been PhD opponent at 7 phD defences, and internal chairman for 2 PhD defences at ENVS, AU.


2017-2018: Sustainable ecosystem governance of the Baltic Sea region under changing  climate and land use. BONUS conference, member of organizing and scientific committee.  March 14th -16th, 2018.

2017: The Conference Innovative solution for nitrogen management - dNmark: Member of scientific committee, responsible for planning and execution of session on Nitrogen abatement policies,  June 26th - 28th , 2017.

2015:  The EAERE conference Helsinki. Organising thematic session in cooperation with Kari Hyytiainen (Helsinki University) and IngMarie Gren(Swedish Agricultural University): New views to combat eutrophication in the Baltic Sea.  June 26th, 2015.

2000:  Multifunctional Landscapes: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Landscape Research and management. Roskilde, Denmark. October 18-21, 2000. Responsible for workshop 4: Complexity of landscape management, including presentations of economic frameworks for assessments of public landscape goods, participatory approaches, and policy making in landscape management.

In addition invited for a number of workshops and scientific meetings, as well as popular scientific meetings.


2011-present: Head of Unit, Environmental Social Science Unit (20 staff), and member of Management committee, Department of environmental science

2012 - 2015     Member of the PhD-field committee, Department of Environmental Science 2007-2011:  Head of Unit, Social science unit, Department of Policy Analysis, NERI

1997-1998: Coordinator of the agricultural research Unit, Department of Policy Analysis, NERI

REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS - INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS AND RESEARCH COUNCILS: She is regular reviewer for a large number of different international journals.  She is an assigned member of the Board of the Danish Pesticide Research council, and she has been an assigned member of the Norwegian Research Council. She has been reviewer for the Swedish Resarch council FORMAS and the French reserach council.

Last updated September 2017.