Hagenlocher, Michael

Associate Academic Officer

UNU Publications
Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Michael Hagenlocher
    Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning Section

    Research Interests

    • Climate change adaptation
    • Remote sensing and GIS
    • Risk and Vulnerability Assessment


    • Ph.D. (Hons), Applied Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Doctoral College “Geographic Information Science”, Austria, in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
    • M.Sc. (Hons), Geography (Minors in Sociology and Geoinformatics), University of Tuebingen, Germany


    • 2014 to present: Arbeitskreis Medizinische Geographie (AK MedGeo), Germany
    • 2013 to present: International Society for Geospatial Health (GnosisGIS)
    • 2013: Austrian Scientists & Scholars in North America (ASCINA, Boston Chapter)

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Michael Hagenlocher is an Associate Academic Officer in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) and the Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services (EVES) sections of UNU-EHS. He holds a PhD in Applied Geoinformatics from the University of Salzburg’s Doctoral College ‘GIScience’ in Austria which was conducted in close collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA.

    Dr. Hagenlocher has a broad interest in climate change (adaptation), disaster risk reduction and public health. Much of his work focuses on developing concepts and methods for the spatial assessment of risk, social vulnerability and resilience in the context of climate change, natural hazards and vector-borne diseases at different scales.

    Dr. Hagenlocher has previously worked as a senior scientist at the University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS in Austria, expert for UN-SPIDER, visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, lecturer at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and has acted as an invited speaker at different events in Africa, Asia and the United States.

    Dr. Hagenlocher is author/co-author of 35+ scientific publications, including 12 ISI-indexed journal articles. For more information please refer to his ResearchGate profile.

  • Articles

    Conference Proceedings


    • Sebesvari, Zita, Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi, Harrison, Ian, Brondizio, Eduardo, Bucx, Tom, Dearing, John A., Ganguly, Dipnarayan, Ghosh, Tuhin, Goodbred, Steven L., Hagenlocher, Michael, Hajra, Rituparna, Kuenzer, Claudia, Mansur, Andressa V., Matthews, Zoe, Nicholls, Robert J., Nilsen, Kristine, Overeem, Irina, Ramachandran, Purvaja, Rahman, Munsur Md., Ramachandran, Ramesh, Renaud, Fabrice G., Robin, R. S., Subba Reddy, Bonthu, Singh, Gulab, Szabo, Sylvia, Tessler, Zachary, van de Guchte, Cees, Vogt, Jürgen and Wilson, Carol A. (2016). Imperatives for sustainable delta futures. Brief for GSDR. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.
    • Garschagen, Matthias, Hagenlocher, Michael, Kloos, Julia, Pardoe, Joanna, Lanzendörfer, Matthias, Mucke, Peter, Radtke, Katrin, Rhyner, Jakob, Walter, Bernhard, Welle, Torsten and Birkmann, Joern (2015). World Risk Report 2015. Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft and UNU-EHS.
    • Hagenlocher, Michael (2013). Identifying and evaluating hotspots of climate change in the Sahel and Western Africa. SOURCE. United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security.
  • Articles

    • Hagenlocher, Michael and Castro, Marcia Caldas de, 2015. Mapping malaria risk and vulnerability in the United Republic of Tanzania: a spatial explicit model. Population Health Metrics, 13, 2.
    • Hagenlocher, Michael, Lang, Stefan, Hölbling, Daniel, Tiede, Dirk and Kienberger, Stefan, 2014. Modeling hotspots of climate change in the Sahel using object-based regionalization of multi-dimensional gridded datasets. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7 (1), 229-234.
    • Kienberger, Stefan* and Hagenlocher, Michael*, 2014. Spatial-explicit modeling of social vulnerability to malaria in East Africa. International Journal of Health Geographics, 13, 29.(* equal contributors)
    • Hagenlocher, Michael, Kienberger, Stefan, Lang, Stefan and Blaschke, Thomas, 2014. Implications of spatial scales and reporting units for the spatial modelling of vulnerability to vector-borne diseases. GI_Forum – Journal for Geographic Information Science, 197-206
    • Lang, Stefan, Kienberger, Stefan, Tiede, Dirk, Hagenlocher, Michael and Pernkopf, Lena, 2014. Geons – domain-specific regionalization of space. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 41 (3), 214-226.
    • Hagenlocher, Michael, Delmelle, Eric, Casas, Irene and Kienberger, Stefan, 2013. Assessing socioeconomic vulnerability to dengue fever in Cali, Colombia: statistical vs expert-based modeling. International Journal of Health Geographics, 12, 36.
    • Kienberger, Stefan*, Hagenlocher, Michael*, Delmelle, Eric and Casas, Irene, 2013. A WebGIS tool for visualizing and exploring socioeconomic vulnerability to dengue fever in Cali, Colombia. Geospatial Health, 8 (1): 313-316. (* equal contributors)
    • Hagenlocher, Michael, Lang, Stefan and Tiede, Dirk, 2012. Integrated assessment of the environmental impact of an IDP camp in Sudan based on very high resolution multi-temporal satellite imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 126, 27-38.
    • Watson, Samantha, Petterson, Mike, Lang, Stefan, Kienberger, Stefan, Hagenlocher, Michael, Rudge, James, Coker, Richard, 2012. Trans-disciplinary research to improve health systems’ disaster readiness and response. Bull World Health Organ, 90 (8): 558-558A.