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


    • 2016 to present: Arbeitskreis Naturgefahren und Naturrisiken, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG)
    • 2015 to present: Member of the Joint Academic Board, Joint Master of Science ’Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security’, University of Bonn, Department of Geography (GIUB) and United Nations University (UNU-EHS)
    • 2014 to present: Arbeitskreis Medizinische Geographie (AK MedGeo), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG), 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 Harvard University.

    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 assessment of multi-hazard vulnerability and risk at different scales and the evaluation of adaptation options in the context of global environmental and societal change. Next to his involvement in multiple projects (e.g. DELTAS, WORLD RISK REPORT, LAKARI, ZURES, UD-RASP), he supports the section heads in the application for new research grants, supervises guest scientists, research/student assistants and interns, and is actively involved in teaching activities.

    Previously, Dr. Hagenlocher has worked as a researcher 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, guest 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. Further, he did consultancy work for the European Commission (DG ECHO, DIPECHO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations (UNEP, UNDP).

    In 2016, he was awarded the ‘Förderpreis Geoinformatik’ at the Technische Universität München (TUM, Germany) for his Ph.D. research in Applied Geoinformatics, following an earlier award in 2011 by the University of Tuebingen for outstanding research in the field of sustainable development within the context of his M.Sc. thesis.

    Dr. Hagenlocher is author/co-author of 40+ scientific publications, including 14 ISI-indexed journal articles. For more information please refer to his ResearchGate profile.

  • Articles

    Book Chapters

    • Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Calliari, Elisa, Eidsvig, Unni and Hagenlocher, Michael, “The most recent view of vulnerability” in Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less, ed. Poljansek, Karmen, Marin Ferrer, Montserrat, De Groeve, Tom and Clark, Ian ( Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union,2017), 70-84.
    • Garschagen, Matthias, Hagenlocher, Michael, Sabelfeld, Robert and Lee, Yew Jin, “Infrastructure as a risk factor” in World Risk Report 2016, ed. Jeschonnek, Lars, Mucke, Peter, Walter, Julia and Kirch, Lotte ( Berlin: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (Alliance Development Works); United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS),2016), 14-21.

    Conference Proceedings


    • Garschagen, Matthias, Hagenlocher, Michael, Comes, Martina, Dubbert, Mirjam, Sabelfeld, Robert, Lee, Yew Jin, Grunewald, Ludwig, Lanzendörfer, Matthias, Mucke, Peter, Neuschäfer, Oliver, Pott, Simone, Post, Joachim, Schramm, Stephanie, Schumann-Bölsche, Dorit, Vandemeulebroecke, Bruno, Welle, Torsten and Birkmann, Joern (2016). World Risk Report 2016. World Risk Report. Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft and UNU-EHS.
    • 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

    • Taylor David, Hagenlocher Michael, Jones Anne E, Kienberger Stefan, Leedale Joseph, Morse Andrew P, 2016. Environmental change and Rift Valley fever in eastern Africa: projecting beyond HEALTHY FUTURES. Geospatial Health 11: 387.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.