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Simon Langan, PhD, is the Director of IIASA’s Water (WAT) Program and the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative (WFaS). He joined IIASA after leading a large research for development office in East Africa (for the International Water Management Institute, IWMI). His background academic training and experience grew from his doctoral degree in land use and water quality from the University of St. Andrews, UK. His PhD was followed by a three year post-doctoral fellowship in Imperial College, London, UK. His subsequent project and organizational experience has been with various international organizations and centered on a multi/interdisciplinary approach. His areas of interest lies in generating and providing evidence to underpin improving policy and practice relating to the role of changing land use on water quality as well as the broader topics of river functioning and integrated water resource management at a watershed scale. Throughout his career, Dr. Langan has won grants and secured funding from regional and international donor projects, including from the private sector, the EU 7th Framework, Natural Environment Research Council, National Power, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, USAID, and Canadian Government.
Dr. Langan has an extensive number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as experience in policy-related analyses, including over 120 papers, technical reports, books/chapters and conference proceedings. From a management view, he has the drive to inspire and lead teams of researchers from different disciplines and various nationalities towards achieving higher goals, from research to implementation.
Last update: 20-MAY-2016
Mooij W, van Wijk D, Beusen A, Brederveld R, Chang M, Cobben M, DeAngelis D, Downing A, et al. (2019). Modeling water quality in the Anthropocene: directions for the next-generation aquatic ecosystem models. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 36: 85-95. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.012.
Tang T, Strokal M, van Vliet MTH, Seuntjens P, Burek P, Kroeze C, Langan S, & Wada Y (2019). Bridging global, basin and local-scale water quality modeling towards enhancing water quality management worldwide. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 36: 39-48. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.004.
Cherfas J, Langan S, Leb C, Newton J, Nicol A, & Shrestha A (2018). Third Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF) ‘Managing Systems Under Stress: Science for Solutions in the Indus Basin. IIASA Research Report. Laxenburg, Austria: RR-18-001
Palazzo A, van Dijk M, Willaarts B, Magnuszewski P, Mayor Rodriguez B, Burek P, Kahil T, Tang T, et al. (2018). Integrated solutions for water, energy, and land nexus management the Zambezi Basin: stakeholder engagement and modeling. In: 3rd Zambezi Basin Stakeholders’ forum: Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus for Socio-Economic Benefits in the Zambezi River Basin, 8-9 October 2018, Lilongwe, Malawi.
Tang T, Strokal M, Wada Y, Burek P, Kroeze C, van Vliet M, & Langan S (2018). Sources and export of nutrients in the Zambezi River basin: status and future trend. In: International Conference Water Science for Impact, 16-18 October 2018, Wageningen, Netherlands.
Kahil T, Parkinson S, Satoh Y, Greve P, Burek P, Veldkamp T, Burtscher R, Byers E, et al. (2018). A continental-scale hydro-economic model for integrating water-energy-land nexus solutions. Water Resources Research DOI:10.1029/2017WR022478.
Greve P, Kahil T, Mochizuki J, Schinko T, Satoh Y, Burek P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, et al. (2018). Global assessment of water challenges under uncertainty in water scarcity projections. Nature Sustainability 1: 486-494. DOI:10.1038/s41893-018-0134-9.
Byers E, Parkinson S, Balkovic J, Burek P, Ebi K, Gidden M, Grey D, Greve P, et al. (2018). Global climate and development hotspots assessment: Asia under pressure. In: 5th Asian Energy Modelling Workshop, 10-12 September 2018, Singapore.
Langan S (2018). Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL). In: Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF), 31 May-2 June 2018, Laxenburg, Austria.
Beck MB, Thompson M, Gyawali D, Langan S, & Linnerooth-Bayer J (2018). Viewpoint – Pouring money down the drain: Can we break the habit by reconceiving wastes as resources? Water Alternatives 11 (2): 260-283.
Byers E, Gidden M, Leclere D, Balkovic J, Burek P, Ebi K, Grey D, Greve P, et al. (2018). Global exposure and vulnerability to multi-sector development and climate change hotspots. In: International Energy Workshop, 19-21 June 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Hunt J, Byers E, Riahi K, & Langan S (2018). Comparison between seasonal pumped-storage and conventional reservoir dams from the water, energy and land nexus perspective. Energy Conversion and Management 166: 385-401. DOI:10.1016/j.enconman.2018.04.044.
Byers E, Gidden M, Leclere D, Burek P, Ebi KL, Greve P, Grey D, Havlik P, et al. (2018). Global exposure and vulnerability to multi-sector development and climate change hotspots. Environmental Research Letters 13: e055012. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aabf45.
Eker S, Rovenskaya E, Obersteiner M, & Langan S (2018). Validation of uncertainty-oriented environmental models: A review of the existing approaches. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, 9-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria.
Tang T, Wada Y, Strokal M, Burek P, & Langan S (2018). Bridging global and basin scale water quality modeling towards enhancing global water quality modeling and management. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, 9-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria.
Burtscher R, Langan S, Tramberend S, & Burek P (2018). Solutions for a water secure East Africa in 2050 Workshop on mid- to long-term water resources management and planning in Eastern Africa December 4-6, 2017 Entebbe, Uganda. IIASA Report. Laxenburg, Austria: IIASA
Adimassu Z, Langan S, & Barron J (2018). Highlights of soil and water conservation investments in four regions of Ethiopia. International Water Management Institute Working Paper 182
Burek P, Satoh Y, Greve P, Kahil T, Byers E, Langan S, & Wada Y (2018). Improving Water Resources Management on Global and Region Scales – Evaluating Strategies for Water Futures with the IIASA’s Community Water Model. In: American Geo-Sciences Union Fall Meeting, 11-15 December, New Orleans, USA.
Parkinson S, Kahil M, Wada Y, Krey V, Byers E, Johnson N, Burek P, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Hydro-economic modeling of integrated solutions for the water-energy-land nexus in Africa. In: AGU Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 2015, New Orleans.
Gidden M, Byers E, Burek P, Ebi K, Greve P, Havlik P, Hillers A, Johnson N, et al. (2017). Exposure and Vulnerability to Energy, Water, and Land Hotspots under Different Climate Futures. In: 10th Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium Meeting, December 2017.
Eker S, Rovenskaya E, Obersteiner M, & Langan S (2017). Validation of uncertainty-oriented environmental models: A review of the existing approaches. In: Annual Workshop of the Society for Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty 2017, 13-15 November, Oxford, UK.
Byers E, Gidden M, Burek P, Leclere D, Palazzo A, Parkinson S, Rogelj J, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Multi-sector climate impacts assessment for water, energy and land. In: Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project Meeting, 9-10 October 2017, Potsdam, Germany.
Byers E, Gidden M, Burek P, Leclere D, Palazzo A, Rogelj J, Satoh Y, Wada Y, et al. (2017). Future exposure and vulnerability to multi-sector hotspots. In: Impacts World 2017, 11-13 October 2017, Potsdam, Germany.
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.
Kahil T, Parkinson S, Burek P, Satoh Y, Greve P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Langan S, et al. (2017). Economic costs of reducing unsustainable groundwater use: Application of IIASA global hydro-economic modeling framework. In: JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017, 20-25 May 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Gidden M, Byers E, Greve P, Kahil T, Parkinson S, Raptis C, Rogelj J, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Hydroclimatic risks and uncertainty in the global power sector. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
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.
Langan S (2017). Opportunities and constraints for improved water resources management using different lenses and scales. In: EGU General Assembly 2016, 17-22 April, Vienna, Austria.
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)
Getnet K, Mekuria W, Langan S, Rivington M, Novo P, & Black H (2017). Ecosystem-based interventions and farm household welfare in degraded areas: Comparative evidence from Ethiopia. Agricultural Systems 154: 53-62. DOI:10.1016/j.agsy.2017.03.001.
Nakawuka P, Langan S, Schmitter P, & Barron J (2017). A review of trends, constraints and opportunities of smallholder irrigation in East Africa. Global Food Security: 1-17. DOI:10.1016/j.gfs.2017.10.003. (In Press)
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.
Gebregziabher G, Abera DA, Gebresamuel G, Giordano M, & Langan S (2016). An assessment of integrated watershed management in Ethiopia. International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Working Paper 170
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