Dr. Mats Eriksson

Position at SIWI: Director, Climate Change and Water, Knowledge Services
Email: mats.eriksson@siwi.org
Phone: +46 8 121 360 87


Dr. Mats Eriksson joined SIWI in autumn 2010 as Programme Director for Water and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). At SIWI, Dr Eriksson is engaged in applied research projects on the intersection of water resources management and climate change adaptation. He is involved in assessments of need for adaptation to climate change, particularly at local levels, and early warning system for water- and climate induced hazards.


Dr. Eriksson has over 20 years of experience working with natural and water resource management. He has recently worked five years in Nepal as Programme Manager and Chief Scientist for Integrated Water and Hazard Management at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Prior to this he worked as a Senior Programme Manager on Water Resources (1999-2005) for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), focusing on water resource management in Southern Africa.

Dr. Eriksson has worked on transboundary water governance and he has undertaken studies of land use, soil erosion and palaeo-climate, as well as studies of climate change, variability, impact and adaptation to water-induced hazards. His work experience includes Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America.


Dr. Eriksson obtained his Ph.D. in Geography in 1998, specialising in Physical Geography, mainly related to landscape evolution, soil erosion and palaeo-climate and impact studies of climate and humans. He has served as a lecturer and researcher at Stockholm University and worked as a research fellow at CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra. Dr. Eriksson has published more than forty scientific papers.