Dr. Michael Hagenlocher is an Associate Academic Officer in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management & Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) section of UNU-EHS. From April to December 2019, he acted as the ad-interim co-chair of the VARMAP section.
Dr. Hagenlocher has a broad interest in understanding risk and identifying pathways towards more resilient futures. Much of his work focuses on analysing drivers, hotspots and dynamics of vulnerability and risk (including risk cascades and systemic risks) associated with climate change and natural hazards, and evaluating different risk reduction and adaptation options. At UNU-EHS, Dr. Hagenlocher has been leading and managing multiple projects in the field of vulnerability and risk research (e.g. the ARIMA, CARICO, FloodAdaptVN, GLASCA-V, GlobeDrought and InsuRisk project). He supports the institute in securing third-party funding, and supervises team members, visiting scientists and master students.
Dr. Hagenlocher is actively involved in multiple teaching activities at UNU (e.g. at UNU-EHS and UNU-MERIT) and the University of Bonn. He is the Deputy Head and a full member of the Academic Board of the Joint MSc Programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” with the University of Bonn, and also contributes to the MSc in “Global Health Risk Management & Hygiene Policies” at the University of Bonn.
Michael is involved in various networks such as the Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF), the UNDRR Interagency Focal Points Group (FPG), the Index for Risk Management (INFORM), the GIZ “Climate Risk” Community of Practice and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR). Dr. Hagenlocher has served as a Lead Author in the 2021 UNDRR “GAR Special Report on Drought” and the EU flagship report “Science for Disaster Risk Management: acting today, protecting tomorrow”.
Prior to joining UNU-EHS, Dr. Hagenlocher has worked as a researcher at the University of Salzburg’s Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS, Austria), expert for UN-SPIDER, visiting scientist at Harvard University (USA) and lecturer at the University of Tuebingen (Germany). Further, he did consultancy work for the European Commission (DG ECHO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), UN Environment and UNDP.
Dr. Hagenlocher has received multiple awards for his research, including the “Förderpreis Geoinformatik” by the Technische Universität München (Germany) in 2016 and the “Sustainability Award” by the University of Tuebingen in 2011.