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William J. Cosgrove received his B. Eng. and M. Eng. and Honorary Doctorate of Science from McGill University. He has followed other graduate courses in economics, management and cross-cultural studies. Bill was a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Project Director of the Water Futures and Solutions Project. He was a member of the Gulbenkian Foundation Think Tank on Water and Humanity. He is Chair of the Board of the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Research Network (Canada) and invited lecturer in IWRM at McGill University.
Mr. Cosgrove is a former Vice President of the World Bank, Past-President of the World Water Council and served as Chairman of the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on Water and Climate. He was Content Coordinator for the 3rd edition (2009) and Senior Advisor for the 4th edition (2012) of the United Nations World Water Development Report. From 2005-2008 he was President of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement in Québec. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of the Association of Professional Futurists.
His most recent publications include: Water management: Current and future challenges and research directions (with Daniel P. Loucks) AGU Water Resources Research;
Foresight as a Tool in Water Resource Development in"Development", Society for International Development, SID Journal; Water Futures: The Evolution of Water Scenarios, COSUST and The Dynamics of Global Water Futures: Driving Forces 2011–2050(UNESCO); He also was co-author of World Water Vision: Making Water Everybody's Business; and Water Security and Peace: A Synthesis of Studies prepared for UNESCO under the PCCP-Water for Peace Process and author of Public Participation to Promote Water Ethics and Transparency in Water and Ethics and 'Water for Growth and Security' in World Water Crisis: Myth or Reality?
Last update: 22-DEC-2015
Satoh Y, Kahil T, Byers E, Burek P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Greve P, Flörke M, et al. (2017). Multi-model and multi-scenario assessments of Asian water futures: the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative. Earth's Future 5 (7): 823-852. DOI:10.1002/2016EF000503.
Wiberg D, Satoh Y, Burek P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Kahil T, Flörke M, Eisner S, et al. (2017). Water Futures and Solutions: Asia 2050 (Final Report). Knowledge and Innovation Support for the Water Financing Program of the Asian Development Bank (RETA 6498). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria (Submitted)
Burek P, Langan S, Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Kahil T, Magnuszewski P, Satoh Y, Tramberend S, et al. (2016). The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative of IIASA. In: IDRiM 2016 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society, October 1-3, 2016, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.
Burek P, Satoh Y, Fischer G, Kahil MT, Scherzer A, Tramberend S, Nava LF, Wada Y, et al. (2016). Water Futures and Solution - Fast Track Initiative (Final Report). IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-16-006
Burek P, Satoh Y, Wada Y, Flörke M, Eisner S, Hanasaki N, Tramberend S, Fischer G, et al. (2016). Looking at the spatial and temporal distribution of global water availability and demand. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Floerke M, Hizsnyik E, Magnuszewski P, Pahl-Wostl C, Scherzer A, Segrave A, et al. (2015). Towards Innovative Solutions through Integrative Futures Analysis - Preliminary qualitative scenarios. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-012
Magnuszewski P, Wiberg D, Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Floerke M, Hizsnyik E, Pahl-Wostl C, Segrave A, et al. (2015). Conceptual framework for scenarios development in the Water futures and Solutions project. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-011
Braga B, Chartres C, Cosgrove WJ, da Cunha LV, Gleick PH, Kabat P, Kadi MA, Loucks DP, et al. (2014). Water and the Future of Humanity: Revisiting Water Security. Springer International: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. ISBN 978-3-319-01457-9 DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-01457-9.
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