Assoc Prof Djiby Thiam


Djiby Racine Thiam is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research focuses on resources and environmental economics, water resources economics, agricultural economics and development economics.

He has coordinated various research projects in water and resources economics, agricultural economics, and development economics. He leads a research team of postdocs, PhD and Masters students, all working on various issues related to water, development and resources economics applied in South Africa and Africa as a continent. His work looks at (i) the efficiency of water use in agriculture, (ii) the factors that drive the adoption of index-based drought insurance in the basin, (iii) the evolution of the hydrological cycle of the basin under various climate and socio-ecological changes, and (iv) the questions of land subsidence that affects groundwater management and water supply infrastructure planning. He has published articles in Water Economics and Policy, Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resources Economics, Water Resources and Economics, Journal of Agriculture and Applied Economics and Comparative Economic Studies, among several other journals. He has consulted on production and environmental economics for the World Bank, the African Development Bank and several governments across the African continent. He has reviewed project proposals for funding organisations domestically and internationally.

Djiby is a member of the editorial board of the Water Economics and Policy journal and 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2024, a joint initiative between Future Earth, the Earth League and the World Climate Research Programme. He has co-guest edited papers in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy and Environmental Research Letters.