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Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group
Population and Just Societies Program
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Susanne Hanger-Kopp joined the IIASA Risk and Resilience (RISK) Program in 2010, and is part of the Equity and Justice (EQU) Research Group in the Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program since 2021. Her work focuses on decision making, governance and risk management in the context of climate and societal changes. Currently her main project at IIASA is FARM, addressing questions of drought risk management in agriculture in Europe and Austria. One underlying concern across most of her work is that of justice and fairness and trade-offs with alternative objectives and priorities.
Dr. Hanger holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. It is in the Climate Policy Group of this department that she is currently also employed as a lecturer. At IIASA she is currently leading the project WaterStressAT, exploring climate change induced water stress by means of participatory modeling and is involved in the Pathways project designing adaptation pathways in the context of flood risk management. She is also actively involved with CDAT in developing a Systems Analysis Course, and chapter lead author for the Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022.
Her methodological focus lies soft systems approaches using text analysis, expert elicitation and the survey method, for which discourse analysis and cultural theory often provide a useful background.
Dr. Hanger's interdisciplinary background stems from her graduate training in theoretical and applied geography at the University of Vienna. There she specialized on regional development and EU policy with a regional emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Hanger also studied romance languages at the University of Vienna and was, for several years, actively involved in the foundation and running of a European Youth Media NGO.
Last update: 29 MAR 2021
Hanger-Kopp, S. (2021). Drivers of farmers’ adaptive behavior in managing drought risks:A literature review focusing on North-America, Europe, and Australia. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-21-004
Palka, M. & Hanger-Kopp, S. (2020). Drought risk and drought risk management strategies among Austrian crop farmers. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-20-011
Lieu, J., Hanger-Kopp, S., van Vliet, O., & Sorman, A.H. (2020). Assessing risks of low-carbon transition pathways. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 35, 261-270. 10.1016/j.eist.2020.04.009.
van Vliet, O., Hanger-Kopp, S., Nikas, A., Spijker, E., Carlsen, H., Doukas, H., & Lieu, J. (2020). The importance of stakeholders in scoping risk assessments—Lessons from low-carbon transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 35, 400-413. 10.1016/j.eist.2020.04.001.
Keating, A. & Hanger-Kopp, S. (2020). Practitioner perspectives of disaster resilience in international development. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 42, e101355. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101355.
Hanger-Kopp, S. & Palka, M. (2019). An expert workshop on integrated drought risk management (DRM): Identifying synergies and trade-offs for the Austrian agricultural sector. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-005
Hanger-Kopp, S., Lieu, J., & Nikas, A. (2019). Narratives of Low-Carbon Transitions: Understanding Risks and Uncertainties. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138311589 10.4324/9780429458781.
Palka, M. & Hanger, S. (2019). Agricultural drought risk management in Germany: Insurance solutions and other public support measures. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Palka, M. & Hanger-Kopp, S. (2019). Agricultural crop insurance in Switzerland, focusing on drought. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Lilliestam, J., Barradi, T., Caldés, N., Gomez, M., Hanger-Kopp, S., Kern, J., Komendantova, N. , Mehos, M., et al. (2018). Policies to keep and expand the option of concentrating solar power for dispatchable renewable electricity. Energy Policy 116, 193-197. 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.02.014.
Hanger-Kopp, S. & Palka, M. (2018). Agricultural drought risk management in Austria: A farm level study. In: 19. Österreichischer Klimatag, 23 –25 April 2018, Salzburg, Austria.
Hanger, S. & Hochrainer-Stigler, S. (2017). Agricultural drought insurance: Austria as a case study. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Hanger-Kopp, S., Bayer, J., Surminski, S., Nenciu, C., Lorant, A., Ionescu, R., & Patt, A. (2017). Insurance, public assistance and household flood risk reduction: A comparative study of Austria, England and Romania. Risk Analysis 10.1111/risa.12881.
Robledo-Abad, C., Althaus, H.J., Berndes, G., Bolwig, S., Corbera, E., Creutzig, F., Garcia-Ulloa, J., Geddes, A., et al. (2017). Bioenergy production and sustainable development: science base for policy-making remains limited. GCB Bioenergy 9 (3), 541-556. 10.1111/gcbb.12338.
Hochrainer-Stigler, S. & Hanger-Kopp, S. (2017). Subsidized Drought Insurance in Austria: Recent Reforms and Future Challenges. Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter 6 (4), 599-614.
Hanger-Kopp, S., Linnerooth-Bayer, J., & Lorant, A. (2016). Disaster Risk Insurance As an Instrument Risk-Based Pricing Vs. Distributive Justice: Potential Trade-Offs. In: IDRiM 2016 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society, October 1-3, 2016, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hanger, S., Komendantova, N. , Schinke, B., Zejli, D., Ihlal, A., & Patt, A. (2016). Community acceptance of large-scale solar energy installations in developing countries: Evidence from Morocco. Energy Research & Social Science 14, 80-89. 10.1016/j.erss.2016.01.010.
Hanger, S. & Riegler, M. (2016). Anreize zur Reduktion von Schäden durch Naturkatastrophen mit besonderem Augenmerk auf Möglichkeiten im Kontext von Kompensation und Versicherung von Hochwasserschäden. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-16-003
Lilliestam, J. & Hanger, S. (2016). Shades of green: Centralisation, decentralisation and controversy among European renewable electricity visions. Energy Research & Social Science 17, 20-29. 10.1016/j.erss.2016.03.011.
Mañez, M., Carmona, M., Haro, D., & Hanger, S. (2016). Risk perception. In: Novel Multi-Sector Partnerships in Disaster Risk Management. Results of the ENHANCE project. Eds. Aerts, Jeroen & Mysiak, Jaroslav, pp. 51-67 Brussels, Belgium: EU FP7 project ENHANCE.
Berkhout, F., Bouwer, L.M., Bayer, J., Bouzid, M., Cabeza, M., Hanger, S., Hof, A., Hunter, P., et al. (2015). Editorial - European policy responses to climate change: progress on mainstreaming emissions reduction and adaptation. Regional Environmental Change 15 (6), 949-959. 10.100/s10113-015-0801-6.
Hanger, S., Haug, C., Lung, T., & Bouwer, L.M. (2015). Mainstreaming climate change in regional development policy in Europe: Five insights from the 2007-013 programming period. Regional Environmental Change 15 (6), 973-985. 10.1007/s10113-013-0549-9.
Keating, A., Mechler, R. , Mochizuki, J. , Kunreuther, H., Bayer, J., Hanger, S., McCallum, I. , See, L. , et al. (2014). Operationalizing Resilience Against Natural Disaster Risk: Opportunities, Barriers, and a Way Forward. Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance
Hanger, S., Steinhilbner, S., & Pfluger, B. (2013). Enhancing synergies between European renewables and regional development policies. RESPONSES Project
Patt, A., Rayner, T., Berkhout, F., Bouwer, L.M., Hanger, S., & Schleich, J. (2013). Guidance on a Strategic Climate Assessment Approach. Deliverable 9.4, FP7 RESPONSES Project - European Responses to Climate Change (3 April 2013)
Berkhout, F., Bouwer, L.M., Bayer, J., Bouzid, M., Cabeza, M., Hanger, S., Hof, A., Hunter, P., et al. (2013). Deep Emissions Reductions and Mainstreaming of Mitigation and Adaptation: Key Findings. RESPONSES Project
Hanger, S., Pfenninger, S., Dreyfus, M., & Patt, A. (2013). Knowledge and information needs of adaptation policy-makers: A European study. Regional Environmental Change 13 (1), 91-101. 10.1007/s10113-012-0317-2.
Bouwer, L.M., Hanger, S., Haug, C., & Lung, T. (2013). Climate change impacts across Europe and the role of EU regional policy in adaptation. RESPONSES Project
Hanger, S. (2012). Supporting adaptation to climate change through European cohesion policy. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Hanger, S., Lung, T., Haug, C., & Bouwer, L.M. (2011). Catalogue of programmes and policies related to regional development and infrastructure ("Baseline assessment"). Deliverable D6.1, FP7 RESPONSES Project - European Responses to Climate Change (January 2011)
Pfenninger, S., Hanger, S., Dreyfus, M., Dubel, A., Hernandez-Mora, N., Esteve, P., Varela-Ortega, C., Watkiss, P., et al. (2010). Report on perceived policy needs and decision contexts. Deliverable 1.1, FP7 MEDIATION Project (30 June 2010)
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