Olli Varis

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    1992 …2023

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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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

    Award Date: 9 Dec 1991

    Licentiate degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

    Award Date: 14 Mar 1988

    Master's degree, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki

    Award Date: 16 Dec 1986

    Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

    Award Date: 23 Oct 1984


    • 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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