15 April 2019

Water Program Director to embark on new endeavor

Water (WAT) Program Director Simon Langan will be leaving IIASA in May to start a new position as Director, Data Analytics and Country Manager at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka.

Simon Langan

Simon Langan

Langan has been an integral part of IIASA since 2016, and he has played a critical role in the development and success of the Water Program which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

  • Assisting and developing the work with the Uganda government and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission on the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative
  • Developing the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) project
  • Being elected to the World Water Council on their Board of Governors
  • Producing an extensive number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as policy-related analyses, including over 140 papers, technical reports, books/chapters and conference proceedings
  • Working with stakeholders at global and local scales to identify policy options and technical solutions to achieve water-dependent Sustainable Development Goals
  • Inspiring and leading teams of scientists from different disciplines and various nationalities towards achieving higher goals, from research to implementation

“I have had a fantastic time at IIASA. It has been a privilege to work as part of a team focused on identifying both issue and potential solution options for improved water management of global and large, trans-boundary river systems.” Langan remarks. “I hope in return I have influenced thinking on enhancing wide and varied stakeholder engagement. I will continue to work with IIASA over the coming years and endeavor to further develop collaboration through the senior guest scholar post I have been offered.”

Langan holds a doctoral degree in land use and water quality from the University of St. Andrews, UK. His PhD was followed by a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Imperial College, London, UK. His subsequent project and organizational experience have been with various international organizations and centered on a multi/interdisciplinary approach. Throughout his career, Langan has won grants and secured funding from regional and international donor projects, including from the private sector, the EU 7th Framework, Natural Environment Research Council, National Power, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, USAID, and Canadian Government.

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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

Strokal, M., Spanier, J., Kroeze, C., Koelmans, A., Flörke, M., Franssen, W., Hofstra, N., Langan, S. , et al. (2019). Global multi-pollutant modelling of water quality: scientific challenges and future directions. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 36, 116-125. 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.11.004.

Langan, S. (2018). Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL). In: Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF), 31 May-2 June 2018, Laxenburg, Austria.

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