Olli Varis

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1992 …2020

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Artistic and research interests

I am professor of Water Resources Management with a focus on water, environment and development research and consultation.  My research concentrates on sustainable development and water resources management in developing and emerging economies, particularly in Asia. In my particular interest are global water resources and their interrelations to sectors such as agriculture and energy, and in relation to drivers such as climate change, urbanization, poverty, environment and economic development. 

I am active in several international organizations including UNESCO, WMO, IWRA (Vice President 2007-2009), IWA, IIASA and UNU/WIDER. I was a Vice Dean of Reseach and Innovation of Aalto School of Engineering in 2013-2018, Counsellor at the Supreme Administrational Court of Finland in 2006-2015, and am Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Licentiate of Science (Technology)

Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry)

Master of Science (Technology)

Keywords

  • Water resources
  • Water engineering
  • Large river basins
  • Water resources management
  • Social and environmental impact assessment
  • Water and security studies
  • Vulnerability analyses

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Research Output

China's sustainable water-energy-food nexus by 2030 : Impacts of urbanization on sectoral water demand

Niva, V., Cai, J., Taka, M., Kummu, M. & Varis, O., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 251, 119755.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Quenching the thirst of rapidly growing and water-insecure cities in sub-Saharan Africa

    Niasse, M. & Varis, O., 3 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Water Resources Development. 36, 2-3, p. 505-527 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Can There be Water Scarcity with Abundance of Water? Analyzing Water Stress during a Severe Drought in Finland

    Ahopelto, L., Veijalainen, N., Guillaume, J. H. A., Keskinen, M., Marttunen, M. & Varis, O., 2 Mar 2019, In : Sustainability . 11, 6, 18 p., 1548.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    114 Downloads (Pure)

    Enhancing Security, Sustainability and Resilience in Energy, Food and Water

    Keskinen, M., Sojamo, S. & Varis, O., 17 Dec 2019, In : Sustainability . 11, 24, 8 p., 7244.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientific

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    1 Citation (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)

    Integrated assessment of resource-energy-environment nexus in China's iron and steel industry

    Zhang, S., Yi, B-W., Worrell, E., Wagner, F., Crijns-Graus, W., Purohit, P., Wada, Y. & Varis, O., 20 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 232, p. 235-249 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Projects

    SA Profi2 Varis T21304

    Varis, O. & Mäkelä, K.

    01/04/201631/08/2020

    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles

    From Failand to Winland

    Varis, O., Niva, V., Sojamo, S., Keskinen, M., Jalava, M., Lehikoinen, E. & Porkka, M.

    01/04/201631/12/2019

    Project: Academy of Finland: Strategic research funding

    Prizes

    Environmental Research Letters: Best paper award 2010

    Olli Varis (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Julkaisupalkinto TKK, Rakennus- ja yhdyskuntatekniikan osasto, Finland

    Olli Varis (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Julkaisupalkinto Vesiyhdistys, Finland

    Olli Varis (Recipient), 1999

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    The International Deed of the Year: Sustainable Global Technologies Programme

    Matleena Muhonen (Recipient) & Olli Varis (Recipient), 19 May 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Activities

    2017 China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) Annual High-Level Dialogue Conference, Turku, 21-22 September 2017, Finland

    Olli Varis (Keynote speaker), Jialiang Cai (Contributor)
    21 Sep 201722 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture

    SciFoo 2015, Mountain View, California, 26-28.6.2015, USA

    Olli Varis (Contributor)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Systems Analysis 2015, Laxenburg, Austria, 11-13.11.2015, Austria

    Olli Varis (Contributor)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Water International (Journal)

    Olli Varis (Editorial board member)
    2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesMembership of an editorial board

    International Journal of Water Resources Development (Journal)

    Olli Varis (Editorial board member)
    2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesMembership of an editorial board

    Press / Media

    Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuelta tunnustusta vesitutkijoille

    Olli Varis

    31/10/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Olli Varis nimitetty Aalto-professoriksi

    Olli Varis

    06/09/2019

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Ahtisaari-päivillä Espoossa pohditaan, miten rauhaa voi muotoilla

    Claudia Garduno Garcia, Olli Varis, Matti Nelimarkka, Alexander Stubb & Piia-Maria Kuosmanen

    01/11/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Ilmastonmuutos vaikuttaa kaikkeen ja kaikki vaikuttaa ilmastonmuutokseen

    Olli Varis & Marko Keskinen

    13/10/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Turning off the tap

    Olli Varis

    20/04/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance