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Robert Burtscher

Guest Research Scholar

Water Security Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

Biography

Robert Burtscher joined IIASA's Water (WAT) program as a liaison and stakeholder expert in December 2016. He is a practitioner in the field of development cooperation and helps to link IIASA's research of the Water Program with policy makers, mainly in Africa. Currently, he coordinates the implementation of the research project scaleWAYS (Scaling out resilient water and agricultural systems). Mr. Burtscher received his MSc in Geography with a specialization in Hydrology at the University of Innsbruck in 2001, and also holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1990).

Before joining IIASA, Mr. Burtscher worked from 2009 to 2016, as a Senior Advisor for Water and Sanitation in the Unit for Quality Assurance and Knowledge Management of the Austrian Development Agency in Vienna. He was in charge of advising and shaping the Austrian Development Cooperation's water programs in Uganda, Mozambique, the occupied Palestinian Territories, Albania and Moldova and also at regional (Africa) and global levels.

Mr. Burtscher has extensive field experience in various African countries having worked from 2005 to 2009, as a Programme Officer for water and sanitation based at the Austrian Coordination Office for Development Cooperation in Kampala/Uganda. From 2001 to 2005, he worked for the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern and was seconded as a lecturer for GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and remote sensing to the University of Asmara/Eritrea. During this time he was also coordinator of various research projects in the field of land and water management. Prior to his studies in Innsbruck, Mr. Burtscher worked for an Austrian NGO as young mechanical engineer on a three year assignment in Burkina Faso, where he supported the skills development and entrepreneurship of local craftsmen. During his university studies, he worked in the team of Prof. Georg Kaser as a Research Assistant in Hydro-Glaciology.
30-NOV-2020 13-JAN-2021

Last update: 13 JAN 2021

Publications

Tramberend, S. , Burtscher, R. , Burek, P. , Kahil, T. , Fischer, G., Mochizuki, J. , Greve, P., Kimwaga, R., Nyenje, P., Ondiek, R., Nakawuka, P., Hyandye, C., Sibomana, C., Luoga, H.P., Matano, A.S., Langan, S. , & Wada, Y. (2021). Co-development of East African regional water scenarios for 2050. One Earth 4 (3) 434-447. 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.02.012.

Tramberend, S. , Burtscher, R. , Burek, P. , Kahil, T. , Fischer, G., Mochizuki, J. , Kimwaga, R., Nyenje, P., Ondiek, R., Nakawuka, P., Hyandye, C., Sibomana, C., Luoga, H.P., Matano, A.S., Langan, S. , & Wada, Y. (2020). Data related to research project: East Africa Water Scenarios to 2050.

Kahil, T. , Albiac, J., Fischer, G., Strokal, M., Tramberend, S. , Greve, P., Tang, T. , Burek, P. , Burtscher, R. , & Wada, Y. (2019). A nexus modeling framework for assessing water scarcity solutions. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 40 72-80. 10.1016/j.cosust.2019.09.009.

Tramberend, S. , Burtscher, R. , Burek, P. , Kahil, T. , Fischer, G., Mochizuki, J. , Wada, Y. , Kimwaga, R., Nyenje, P., Ondiek, R., Prossie, N., Hyandye, C., Sibomana, C., & Langan, S. (2019). East Africa Future Water Scenarios to 2050.

Tramberend, S. , Burtscher, R. , Burek, P. , Kahil, T. , Fischer, G., Mochizuki, J. , Wada, Y. , Kimwaga, R., Nyenje, P., Ondiek, R., Prossie, N., Hyandye, C., Sibomana, C., & Langan, S. (2019). East Africa Future Water Scenarios to 2050. IIASA , Laxenburg, Austria. RR-19-005.