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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.
Last update: 13-JAN-2021
Kahil, T. , Albiac, J., Fischer, G., Strokal, M., Tramberend, S. , Greve, P., Tang, T. , Burek, P. , et al. (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.
Burtscher, R. , Langan, S. , Tramberend, S. , & Burek, P. (2019). East Africa Future Water Scenarios to 2050 Consultation and Joint Learning Workshop December 4-6, 2018 Entebbe, Uganda. IIASA Research Report. Laxenburg, Austria: RR-19-002
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 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. 10.1038/s41893-018-0134-9.
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
Burtscher, R. (2017). IIASA’s Water Futures and Solutions Initiative, Opportunities for African Lake and River Basin Organisations. In: Workshop organised by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Burtscher, R. (2017). IIASA’s Water Futures and Solutions Initiative, Opportunities, Exploring opportunities of collaboration. In: Workshop organised by the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment, Entebbe, Uganda.
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.
Burtscher, R. (2017). Water Futures and Solutions Initiative WFaS: Towards Innovative Solutions through Integrative Water Futures Analysis. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
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