Research Group Leader and Research Scholar
Water Security Research Group
Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program
BiographyTaher Kahil joined IIASA as a Research Scholar with the Water (WAT) Program in September 2015. Dr. Kahil obtained his PhD in economics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2015. His completed PhD dissertation includes the development and use of a hydro-economic model of Spanish basins and the application of cooperative game theory to water resources management. He has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards including the FPI-INIA PhD scholarship of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the award for the best PhD dissertation in economics at the University of Zaragoza.
His research interests are in the areas of integrated biophysical economics modeling for basin scale water policy analysis, the economics of water allocation and water quality, and evaluation of adaptation policy interventions to global changes in water and agriculture. At IIASA, Dr. Kahil leads the development of the large-scale hydro-economic modeling framework (ECHO). He is currently involved in a number of international research projects on water-food-energy nexus management, upscaling of sustainable intensification practices, and disaster risk reduction. He has published over 40 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and policy briefs. He is a topic editor at the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI). Dr. Kahil was appointed Research Group Leader of the newly formed Water Security research group at IIASA, as of January 2021.
Last update: 09 OCT 2020
Guillaumot, L. , Smilovic, M. , Burek, P. , de Bruijn, J. , Greve, P., Kahil, T. , & Wada, Y. (2022). Coupling a large-scale hydrological model (CWatM v1.1) with a high-resolution groundwater flow model (MODFLOW 6) to assess the impact of irrigation at regional scale. Geoscientific Model Development 15 (18) 7099-7120. 10.5194/gmd-15-7099-2022.
Crespo, D., Albiac Murillo, J., Dinar, A., Esteban, E., & Kahil, T. (2022). Integrating ecosystem benefits for sustainable water allocation in hydroeconomic modeling. PLoS ONE 17 (5) e0267439. 10.1371/journal.pone.0267439.
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.