Speaker's Profile 

Stefan Schneiderbauer, PhD 

Senior Researcher, Eurac

Stefan Schneiderbauer PhD is a senior researcher of Eurac, a non-profit research organization located in the Alps (Northern Italy). Having an academic background in geography, remote sensing and geodata analysis, he is specialized in the analysis of environmental and societal risks and vulnerabilities towards natural hazards - particularly in mountain regions. Stefan studied Geography in Cologne (Germany) and Louvain‐La‐Neuve (Belgium) and obtained his PhD from the department for geosciences of the Free University Berlin (Germany). His dissertation addressed the estimation of populations' risks and vulnerabilities to natural hazards at various spatial scales. Before starting at Eurac in 2007 he was lecturing at the University for Applied Science in Berlin, he worked as freelance trainer, facilitator and consultant and he carried out research at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Stefan is now Head of the Eurac Unit ‘Climate and Disaster Risks’. His work focuses on integrated and systemic analyses of (multi-) risks as well as on assessing complex phenomena such as vulnerability and resilience. Some of his recent projects tackled the issue of merging CCA and DRR within the context of sustainable development. Stefan is organizer of the workshop series INQUIMUS (integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches) www.inquimus.org and he is a senior scientific advisor for the Global Mountain Safeguard Research Initiative, a joint undertaking of United Nations University and Eurac Research.