IWWG Task Group
Economics of Waste

TG Leader: Jan Slavik


The main purpose of this Task group is to increase awareness about economic way of thinking when analyzing waste management issues. In the current waste management research the economics is downgraded on cost analysis very often, neglecting the human behavior and economic ways of thinking in general (e.g. public choice theory, institutional economics). Looking for ways how to enforce economics (incl. its applications) in the waste management research and how to demonstrate its usefulness will be the main aim of the Task group.


Dealing with waste management issues, not only macro-economic way of thinking (social, or environmental costs), but especially micro-economic dimension will stay in the centre of attention (e.g. waste management behavior, decision-making process of local repre-sentatives, or socio-economic impacts of different policy measures).

Research tools

The research is based on quantitative (advanced statistics), but also on qualitative meth-ods (e.g. institutional analysis, or analytic narratives).


It is proposed that this task group will meet at least once per year at any IWWG confer-ence. It is expected that the task group will participate in the following activities:

  • Common research activities (e.g. Horizon 2020);
  • Common publications (based on the aim of the Task group the waste management journals will be preferred);
  • Exchange of experience with the education (e.g. exchange of students, research-ers);
  • ‘Economics of Waste’ conference (in the long-term horizon).


We propose to produce the following outputs:

  • Editorial about ‘Economics of Waste’ for Waste Management Journal
  • Workshop about ‘Economics of Waste’ during some of IWWG Conferences
  • Other publications and research

Intended TG members

Task group members have to be (or will have to become) IWWG members. The following is a preliminary list of potential TG members:


NameAffiliationE-Mail address
Peter BeiglUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Viennapeter.beigl@boku.ac.at
Bernardino BenitoUniversity of Murciabenitobl@um.es
Germà BelUniversity of Barcelonagbel@ub.edu
Raymond GradusVrije Universiteit Amsterdamrgradus@cainway.nl
Rui Cunha MarquesUniversity of Lisbonrui.marques@ist.utl.pt
Gemma Pérez-LópezUniversity of Granadagemmapl@ugr.es
Kristyna RybovaJan Evangelista Purkyně Universitykristyna.rybova@ujep.cz
Jan SlavikJan Evangelista Purkyně Universityslavik@ieep.cz
Jana SoukopovaMasaryk Universitysoukopova@econ.muni.cz



Mode of operation

It is anticipated, as membership within the group increases, that smaller committees will be formed. These committees may meet via online tools in between the larger group meetings.


Dr. Jan Slavik

e-mail: jan.slavik@ujep.cz