Giuliano Di Baldassarre
Distinguished University Professor at Department of Earth Sciences, Program for Air, Water and Landscape Sciences; Environmental Analysis
My research focuses on the interplay between floods, droughts and human societies. I aim to understand how (and why) sociohydrological feedbacks can generate risks, unintended consequences, and uneven distributions of costs and benefits.
Professor of Hydrology and Environmental Analysis. Director of CNDS, Centre of Natural Hazards & Disaster Science (www.cnds.se). PI of the ERC project HydroSocialExtremes (www.hydrosocialextremes.org).
Keywords: water and society risk assessment floods and droughts
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Giuliano was born in L'Aquila (Italy) in 1978. After graduating summa cum laude at the University of Bologna (Italy), he took his PhD in Hydrology at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2006. Then, he developed his academic career across Europe by working as a Postdoc at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (United Kingdom) and, later, as a Senior Lecturer at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft (The Netherlands). He moved to Sweden in 2014, and he joined the Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University as a Professor. He has also been the Director of CNDS, Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, which brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from three Swedish universities to carry out inter-disciplinary research in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR). CNDS currently supports about 30 early career scientists, i.e. PhD candidates and postdocs, in three Swedish universities (www.cnds.se).
Giuliano has been the recipient of international awards and prestigious grants, including the Early Career Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and the Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). In the period 2017-2019, he was the Chair of Panta Rhei–Everything Flows, the research decade of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) bringing together hundreds of scientists worldwide doing research on water and society. Currently, he directs a large research group as the PI of the ERC project HydroSocialExtremes: Unravelling the Mutual Shaping of Hydrological Extremes and Society (www.hydrosocialextremes.org).
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