David De Pue

David De PuePhD student
MODERNA – Modelling and Optimization of Decisions in Economics, Resources, Nature and Agriculture


David De Pue started his PhD at the department of Agricultural Economics in November 2015, funded by the Special Research Fund of Ghent University. His research interests include environmental policy, air quality, nitrogen pollution, spatial modeling and integrated research methods. David holds a Master of Science in Biochemisty and Biotechnology and a Master of Science in Environmental Sanitation and Environmental Management, both from Ghent University. He gained professional experience as scientific collaborator in the Department of Air Quality of the Flemish Environment Agency.


David's research focusses on spatially-differentiated policies to abate ammonia emissions from livestock housing, taking into account the impact of nitrogen deposition in Natura 2000 sites. David combines geographical analyses with quantitative modelling (optimization modelling) and qualitative research (focus groups, interviews).

Supervision: Jeroen Buysse (Ghent University), Eva Kerselaers (ILVO), Evy Mettepenningen (hogeschool Odisee)


Ammonia, Natura 2000, nitrogen deposition, air quality, livestock farming


  • GAMS
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  • QGIS

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