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Michael Hagenlocher

Academic Officer

PhD (Hons), Applied Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Doctoral College “Geographic Information Science”, Austria, in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
MSc (Hons), Geography (Minors in Sociology and Geoinformatics), University of Tuebingen and University of Stuttgart, Germany
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Dr. Michael Hagenlocher is an Academic Officer in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) section of UNU-EHS.

Dr. Hagenlocher has a broad interest in understanding risks and identifying pathways towards more resilient futures. Much of his work focuses on understanding drivers, hotspots and dynamics of vulnerabilities and risks (including cascading and systemic risks) associated with climate change and natural hazards, and evaluating options for risk reduction and adaptation. Besides leading and managing multiple projects, he supports the institute in securing third-party funding, and co-/supervises team members, visiting scientists and master students in the VARMAP section.

Dr. Hagenlocher is the Deputy Head of the UNU-EHS Academic Board of the Joint MSc program “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” with the University of Bonn where he also coordinates a module on “Concepts & Theories of Vulnerability, Risk, Resilience and Adaptation”. Further, he contributes to the MSc program “Global Health Risk Management & Hygiene Policies” at the University of Bonn and the MSc “Public Policy & Human Development” at UNU-MERIT (Maastricht, NL).

Dr. Hagenlocher is involved in various networks such as the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF), the UNDRR Interagency Focal Points Group (FPG), the Index for Risk Management (INFORM), and the GIZ “Climate Risk” Community of Practice. He has served as a Lead Author in the 2021 UNDRR “GAR Special Report on Drought” and the EU “Science for Disaster Risk Management: acting today, protecting tomorrow” flagship report, as well as a Contributing Author in the “Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GAR 2022)” and UNU-EHS’s “Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020-2021” report.

Prior to joining UNU-EHS, Dr. Hagenlocher has worked as a researcher at the University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics (Austria), expert for UN-SPIDER, visiting scientist at Harvard University (USA) and lecturer at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). Further, he did consultancy work for the European Commission, GIZ, UN Environment and UNDP.

Dr. Hagenlocher has received multiple awards, including the “Förderpreis Geoinformatik” by the Technische Universität München in 2016 and the “Sustainability Award” by the University of Tuebingen in 2011.

He is author/co-author of 80+ publications, including >30 peer-reviewed journal articles. For more information please refer to his ResearchGate  or Google Scholar profile.