Hans van Meijl, research coordinator bioeconomy and energy-climate-water-food nexus, has received the 2017 Alan A. Powell Award. This award is presented each year to recognise the outstanding service of a representative currently serving on the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Advisory Board. The GTAP states that Hans van Meijl has been an outstanding contributor to the GTAP Network for more than two decades.
Dr. Thomas Hertel, founder and Executive Director of the GTAP about Hans van Meijl: “We could see talent when it was staring us in the face”.
Hans had done his dissertation on technological progress and innovation and arrived at the first course full of ideas for endogenising technical change in the GTAP Model. The Center could see his talent, so the next year Hans was invited back as a short course instructor – a role which he played with great aplomb for many years. Importantly, he has also worked to forge intra-EU collaborations across European institutions using GTAP, leading a number of very important EU-funded projects.
Wageningen Economic Research uses the GTAP database and model for a variety of research activities related to the agri-food sector and beyond. In particular, the standard GTAP model constitutes the basis of the MAGNET model, a modular CGE model approach developed at Wageningen Economic Research. Hence the name MAGNET, short for “Modular Applied GeNeral Equilibrium Tool”. MAGNET has the standard GTAP model at its core with all extensions added in a modular fashion. It allows the user to select which additional modules he/she wishes to include by adjusting the model settings and by including the relevant data. The model is used within projects for the European Commission, JRC, FAO and OECD in the fields of food security, the bio economy and the water-food-energy-climate nexus.