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Robert Burtscher joined IIASA’s Water (WAT) program as a liaison expert in December 2016. He will contribute by using his expertise as a practitioner in the field of development cooperation to link the research of the Water Program with policy makers, mainly in Africa.
Mr. Burtscher received his MSc in Geography with a specialization in Hydrology at the University of Innsbruck in 2001, and also holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1990).
Before joining IIASA, Mr. Burtscher worked from 2009 to 2016, as a Senior Advisor for Water and Sanitation in the Unit for Quality Assurance and Knowledge Management of the Austrian Development Agency in Vienna. He was in charge of advising and shaping the Austrian Development Cooperation’s water programs in Uganda, Mozambique, the occupied Palestinian Territories, Albania and Moldova and also at regional (Africa) and global levels. In March 2013, he was nominated Deputy Head of Unit.
Mr. Burtscher has extensive field experience in various African countries having worked from 2005 to 2009, as a Programme Officer for water and sanitation based at the Austrian Coordination Office for Development Cooperation in Kampala/Uganda, where he was in charge of the water programme and also chairing the sector’s donor coordination group. From 2001 to 2005, he worked as a Lecturer and Coordinator of various research projects in the field of land and water management and GIS (Geographical Information Systems), and remote sensing at the University of Asmara/Eritrea, seconded by the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern. Prior to his studies in Innsbruck, Mr. Burtscher worked for an Austrian NGO as young mechanical engineer on a three year assignment in Burkina Faso, where he supported the skills development and entrepreneurship of local craftsmen. During his university studies, he worked in the team of Prof. Georg Kaser as a Research Assistant in Hydro-Glaciology.
Last update: 20-DEC-2016
Greve P, Kahil T, Schinko T, Mochizuki J, Satoh Y, Burek P, Burtscher R, Langan S, et al. (2017). Global assessment of water policy vulnerability under uncertainty in water scarcity projections. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Burtscher R (2017). Water Futures and Solutions Initiative WFaS: Towards Innovative Solutions through Integrative Water Futures Analysis. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
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