Collaborating and sharing ideas are essential to what we do and hope to achieve at the personal, regional, national and international levels. We invite you to meet our visiting scholars!

Maureen Walschot
Moon Hee Kang
Jiwon Seong
Armando Gallo Yahn Filho
Ben Li
Mehdi Mirzaee
Majed Atwi Saab
Lucia De Stefano
Susanne Schmeier
Wang Zhijian
Kerstin Stahl

Maureen Walschot (2019)
Teaching assistant and PhD candidate in both International Relations at the Université catholique de Louvain and in Geography at the University of Haifa. Her thesis is focusing on transboundary hydro-politics, water security and cooperation.

Moon Hee Kang (2016-17)
Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration Associate  and it the Director for the Institute for Coexistence and Collaboration at Korea National Open University.

Jiwon Seong (2016-17)
Director of the Water Quality Management Division in the Water Environment Management Bureau in the Ministry of Environment for the Republic of Korea.

Armando Gallo Yahn Filho (2015-16)
Professor at the Center for Studies and Research in International Relations from the Federal Univeristy of Uberlândia in Brazil.  His research looks at multi-scalar governance in the Columbia River Basin, Colorado River Basin and the La Plata River Basin. 

Ben Li (2012, 2015)
Professor at the College of Water Resources and Hydroelectric Engineering  from Wuhan University in Hubei Province, PRC. 

Mehdi Mirzaee (2010)
Water Resources Engineering Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch and Courtesy Faculty Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University.
Learn about Mehdi’s research on Urmia Lake.

Majed Atwi Saab (2009-10)
Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Zaragoza, Spain
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Lucia De Stefano (2008-10)
In October 2010 I joined the Water Observatory as a postdoctoral research fellow. I combine this activity with a teaching position in hydrogeology at the Geodynamics Department of Complutense University of Madrid…I began my professional career working on land and water management in the private sector, mainly in the framework of EU-funded research projects.

Susanne Schmeier (Visting Scholar 2009)
Why I chose OSU: “OSU is obviously the most well-known place when it comes to research on transboundary waters and working at OSU on the TFDD was a great opportunity to learn more, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective. Moreover, collaborating with the different researchers at OSU while being in Oregon and beyond was a great contribution to my own research.”

What I do now: "I now work as a Senior Lecturer at IHE Delft, The Netherlands, focusing on water law, water diplomacy, and transboundary water management. Prior to this, I worked for the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German development agency, for 7 years. There, I managed GIZ's water, energy and food security project, coordinated GIZ's transboundary water management portfolio and world as a GIZ advisor to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Laos."
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Wang Zhijian (Postdoc 2009, Visiting Scholar 2013-2014, 2016)
Associate professor of International Law at Hohai University, Nanjing, China. 

His research focuses on issues relevant to international rivers’ environmental protection and regional basin development, as well as hydro politics and international river law. Also as an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for International Research at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, he lectures on “ERE leadership: Water” to international graduate students every fall term.

Wang has authored three books: International River and Regional Security (2011); International River Law (2012), Hydro-hegemony, Security Order and Institution Construction: On International Rivers Political Complex (2015).

In spring 2016, back at OSU, he developed the Basin Rights of International Rivers Database, which includes 276 international river basins' nature rights to water; basin/country human rights to water; and basin/country water rights. He strives to give substantial indication of reasonable and equitable utilization of international rivers, aimed at promoting international basin development without damaging the water environment and local human rights.

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Kerstin Stahl (2002-2005)
Her interests interest include hydroclimatic variability and change, impacts of climate change on hydrology, low flows and drought, mountain hydrology, transboundary rivers.
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