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Susanne Hanger-Kopp

Research Scholar

Equity and Justice Research Group

Population and Just Societies


Susanne Hanger-Kopp is a researcher in the Equity and Justice Research Group of the IIASA Population and Just Societies Program. She first joined IIASA as a researcher in the former Risk and Resilience Program in 2010. Her work focuses on decision-making, governance, and risk management in the context of climate and societal changes, while her methodological focus is soft systems approaches using co-production methods, text analysis, expert elicitation, and the survey method, for which discourse analysis and cultural theory often provide a useful background.

She holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and is also currently employed as a scientist and lecturer (Lehrauftrag) in the Climate Policy Group of this department. At IIASA, she leads the fairSTREAM project - an IIASA strategic initiative exploring fairness issues at the food-water-biodiversity nexus. In addition, she is the principal investigator of the WaterStressAT project, which explores climate change induced water stress through participatory modeling and contributes to the Pathways Project to design adaptation pathways in the context of flood risk management. She is actively involved in the development of a Systems Analysis Course as part of the IIASA Capacity Development and Academic Training (CDAT) Unit, and is a chapter lead author for the Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022.

Hanger-Kopp's interdisciplinary background stems from her graduate training in theoretical and applied geography at the University of Vienna in Austria where she specialized in regional development and EU policy with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe. She also studied romance languages at the University of Vienna and was actively involved in the foundation and running of a European Youth Media NGO for a number of years.

Last update: 15 FEB 2022


Martin, J. , Kanade, R., Bhadbhade, N., de Bruijn, J. , Hanger-Kopp, S., Irshaid, J., Joy, K., Lokahare, K., Thomas, B., & Willaarts, B. (2022). Transdisciplinarity in practice: the food-water-biodiversity nexus and its fairness in the Upper Bhima Basin. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.

Johannesson, P., Zhemchugova, H., & Hanger-Kopp, S. (2022). An Ontological Analysis of Justice. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Workshop on Value Modelling and Business Ontologies (VMBO 2022), held in conjunction with the 34th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2022), Leuven, Belgium, 6-10 June 2022.

Hanger-Kopp, S., Thaler, T., Clar, C., Schinko, T. , & Seebauer, S. (2022). Defining and operationalizing path dependency for planning integrated disaster risk management at the municipal level. In: Österreichischer Klimatag 2022, 20-22 April 2022.

Hanger-Kopp, S., Birk, S., Burek, P. , Guillaumot, L. , Jauck, M., Kahil, T. , Karabaczek, V., Lindinger, H., Kurshid, A.N., Offenzeller, M., Reheis, W., Sahu, R.K. , Sailer, C., Schinko, T. , Schläffer, A., Sedy, K., Steidl, T., Waltl, P., & Wawra, C. (2022). Distinguishing and analysing regional water stress in two Austrian regions using participatory modelling. In: Österreichischer Klimatag 2022, 20-22 April 2022.