Olli Varis
Department of Built Environment

Olli Varis

Aalto Distinguished Professor

Contact information

Postal address
Tietotie 1 E
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

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.

Areas of expertise

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

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Built Environment
Jan 2003

TKK:n sisäinen tutkimuksen kärkiryhmä Teknillinen korkeakoulu, Finland

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Built Environment
Jan 1998

Julkaisupalkinto TKK, Rakennus- ja yhdyskuntatekniikan osasto, Finland

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Built Environment
Jan 1997

TKK:n Rakennus- ja yhdyskuntatekniikan osaston kilpailu tutkimuksen tekijoille, 1. palkinto TKK, Rakennus- ja yhdyskuntakniikan osasto, Finland

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Built Environment
Jan 1999

Julkaisupalkinto Vesiyhdistys, Finland

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Built Environment
Jan 2010

Environmental Research Letters: Best paper award 2010

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Water and Environmental Engineering
May 2018

The International Deed of the Year: Sustainable Global Technologies Programme Aalto student union (AYY) award for the Sustainable Global Technologies Programme for the International Deed of the Year 2017 for truly global approach to teaching and sustainable development. With the prize AYY wants to point out the importance of quality internationalization in Aalto and encourage both students and staff to work together for a better, more global-minded and open Aalto.

Publications

Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2020 International Journal of Water Resources Development
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering
Publishing year: 2020 Journal of Cleaner Production
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Sustainability
Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2019 Sustainability
Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2019 Sustainability
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Environmental Research Letters
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 Earth's Future
Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Cleaner Production
Water and Environmental Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2018 International Journal of Water Resources Development
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering
Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Cleaner Production