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Susanne Hanger-Kopp

Research Scholar

Equity and Justice Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program


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