Dr. Ercin aims to advance sustainable water management through research, policy advice and capacity building. A water engineer and scientist by training, he specialises in water accounting, water use and allocation, river basin management, water efficiency, water risks and the impacts of climate change and weather extremes on water resources and economies.
As a pioneer in the development of effective water strategies and policies, he has worked with multinationals such as Heineken, Unilever, Coca-Cola and C&A and for intra-governmental agencies such as the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the United Nations and the European Commission.
His work on the vulnerabilities of the European economy related to weather extremes under climate change has attracted global media attention and broad interest amongst EU decision makers. Interviewed by several journalist about this work from news agencies such as Spanish National News Agency (EFE), Reuters, National Geographic (Hungary) and Horizon (official magazine of the EC). More than 100 news articles in 12 different languages were published about the outcomes of his research. Dr. Ercin is also the author of more than 50 publications and has participated in numerous international meetings, conferences and workshops as a key-note speaker.
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His research activities focus on "Water in Economy" and assessing vulnerabilities of economic sectors to extreme weather events, such as drought and water scarcity, under changing climate. His research interests are:
- Understanding our water dependency: what is our external dependency on water resources outside borders and water use in supply-chains.How are we linked to global water resources inside and outside our borders?
- Vulnerability of our economy to extreme weather events, drought and floods, under changing climate. Climate change vulnerabilities of regions, cities, countries,
- Impacts of climate vulnerabilities and risks on commodity prices and economic stability, e.g. impacts on GDP, income, price fluctuations, employment, commodity prices etc.
- Formulating policy opportunities: how can we formulate smart policies and strategies to increase our water productivity, water efficiency and to decrease our climate related vulnerabilities? Are current policies adequate or need any change/improvement?