Derek Eaton is a senior consultant and economist with Technopolis Group, focusing on strategy and evaluation, with a particular expertise in green economy and green growth. He has played a leading role in the development of the international agenda on these topics with the UN and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, overseeing and contributing to the production of flagship publications and also contributing to advisory services with governments in both policy formulation and evaluation. He has led the development of measurement frameworks for sustainability from national down to consumer level. He has extensive experience in managing pilot projects and impact studies on new technologies to improve resource-based livelihoods in a sustainable manner. He is proficient in statistical analysis, interviews, surveys and case studies.
Recently Derek has prepared a manual for evaluating green economy and green growth policies for UN Environment and national partners. He has provided strategic advice, including the formulation of results frameworks, on the integration of natural capital and nature-based solutions to a multi-stakeholder initiative coordinated by the Green Economy Coalition with participation of international organisations, business and civil society.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Derek held positions with the Global Footprint Network, the Graduate Institute Geneva, United Nations Environment, Wageningen Economic Research, Global Affairs Canada and the International Institute for Environment and Development. A considerable portion of this experience has concentrated on analysing conditions for innovation and economic development in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia and China. He has coordinated several EC pilot and research projects in these countries. He was the lead economist in a study for the World Bank on the impacts of intellectual property rights in the agricultural sector and has received special recognition for research on incorporating sustainability concerns into international trade regimes. Aside from a range of national governments, other clients have included the FAO, UNECE, South Pole Group, Oxfam, WWF International, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Derek obtained his PhD from Wageningen University, an MSc in Environmental Economics from University College London, a graduate diploma in international development from the University of Ottawa, and a BSc in Economics and Quantitative Methods from the University of Toronto. He has served as a Senior Fellow of the Luc Hoffmann Institute. He is a native English speaker, fluent in French and Dutch, has an advanced knowledge of Spanish, and also has a basic knowledge of Swahili.