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Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

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Dr. Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist and activist, Iran’s Ex-Deputy Vice President as the former Deputy Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, the ex-Vice President of the UN Environmental Assembly, and a Reader in Systems Analysis and Policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London.

COP23 Bonn (UNFCCC)- Kaveh Madani

His core experience and research interests include integrated water, environmental, and energy resources engineering and management. His work includes development and application of systems engineering, conflict resolution, system dynamics, economics, optimization as well as simulation and modeling methods to water, environmental, and energy resource problems at different scales to derive policy and management insights.

TEDx Talk- Will we go on a war over water?

He has more than 200 publications and has received numerous awards for his fundamental research contributions, teaching, as well as outreach and humanitarian activities including the New Faces of Civil Engineering recognition in 2012, Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 2016, and the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 2017. He has worked extensively on water, environmental and energy problems in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the MENA region. As an environmental scientist and activist, he frequently appears in the media and has been featured in different environmental documentaries.

Iran's Water Crisis (Al Jazeera)

He has a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, Master of Water Resources from the Lund University and B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tabriz, and has done his post-doctoral research in Environmental Economics and Policy at the Water Science and Policy Center at the University of California, Riverside. He is currently serving as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management and Sustainable Cities and Society, and is affiliated with the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).

Comments on California's Major Drought (RT, 2015)

Prior to joining Imperial College in 2013, he was an Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering and an Alex Alexander Fellow at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he founded and directed the Hydro-Environmental & Energy Systems Analysis (HEESA) Research Group. He served as the Founding Director of WaterSISWEB (2008-2017) and was affiliated with the Iran 2040 Project at Stanford University (20016-2017). Over his career, he has held research and teaching positions at different universities around the world, including Stockholm University, Lund University, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Riverside, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, and Dalian University of Technology.

Twitter: @KavehMadani
Instagram: @Kmadanil 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Madani K, 2014, Water management in Iran: what is causing the looming crisis?, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Vol:4, ISSN:2190-6483, Pages:315-328

Hadian S, Madani K, 2013, The Water Demand of Energy: Implications for Sustainable Energy Policy Development, Sustainability, Vol:5, ISSN:2071-1050, Pages:4674-4687

Madani K, Guegan M, Uvo CB, 2014, Climate change impacts on high-elevation hydroelectricity in California, Journal of Hydrology, Vol:510, ISSN:0022-1694, Pages:153-163

Gohari A, Eslamian S, Mirchi A, et al., 2013, Water transfer as a solution to water shortage: A fix that can Backfire, Journal of Hydrology, Vol:491, ISSN:0022-1694, Pages:23-39

Madani K, Dinar A, 2012, Cooperative institutions for sustainable common pool resource management: Application to groundwater, Water Resources Research, Vol:48, ISSN:0043-1397

Madani K, Lund JR, 2011, A Monte-Carlo game theoretic approach for Multi-Criteria Decision Making under uncertainty, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:34, ISSN:0309-1708, Pages:607-616

Madani K, 2013, Modeling international climate change negotiations more responsibly: Can highly simplified game theory models provide reliable policy insights?, Ecological Economics, Vol:90, ISSN:0921-8009, Pages:68-76

Madani K, 2010, Game theory and water resources, Journal of Hydrology, Vol:381, ISSN:0022-1694, Pages:225-238

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