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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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