Giuliano Di Baldassarre
My research focuses on the interplay of water and people. I aim to understand how (and why) feedbacks between social and hydrological processes can generate risks, crises or disasters.
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. He developed his academic career across Europe by working as a Postdoc at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (UK) 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 is also 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 on 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 honors, including the Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the Witherspoon Lecture Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), 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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