Dr. Michael Hagenlocher is an Associate Academic Officer in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) and the Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services (EVES) sections of UNU-EHS. He holds a PhD in Applied Geoinformatics from the University of Salzburg’s Doctoral College GIScience in Austria, which was conducted in close collaboration with Harvard University.
Dr. Hagenlocher has a broad interest in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and public health. Much of his work focuses on developing concepts and methods for the assessment of vulnerability and risk at different scales and the evaluation of risk reduction and adaptation options (including ecosystem-based approaches) in the context of global environmental and societal change. Next to his involvement in multiple projects (e.g. DELTAS, WORLD RISK REPORT, GLASCA-V, GLOBEDROUGHT, UD-RASP, EbA Guidebook etc), he supports the section heads in the application for new research grants, supervises team members, guest scientists, master students, and interns, and is actively involved in teaching activities.
Previously, Dr. Hagenlocher has worked as a senior scientist at the University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) in Austria, expert for UN-SPIDER, visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and lecturer at the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Further, he did consultancy work for the European Commission (DG ECHO, DIPECHO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations (UNEP, UNDP).
In 2016, he was awarded the Förderpreis Geoinformatik by the Technische Universität München (TUM, Germany) for his PhD research, following the Sustainability Award for outstanding research in the field of sustainable development within the context of his M.Sc. thesis by the University of Tuebingen in 2011.
Dr. Hagenlocher is author/co-author of 40+ scientific publications, including 18 peer-reviewed journal articles. For more information please refer to his ResearchGate profile.