Professor Malin Falkenmark is a globally renowned water expert and currently serves as Senior Scientific Advisor, whose role is a leading contributor to SIWI's scientific agenda.


Professor Malin Falkenmark is a globally renowned water expert and currently serves as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). As Senior Scientific Advisor, Prof. Falkenmark is a leading contributor to the institute’s scientific agenda. She is an active author, lecturer and advocate on behalf of SIWI. Prof. Falkenmark’s interests are interdisciplinary with a focus on water scarcity in developing countries and the policy implication of land-water-ecosystem linkages.


Prof. Falkenmark spent most of her scientific career as an Executive Secretary of the National Committee for UNESCO’s International Hydrological Decade/Programme housed by the Natural Science Research Council of Sweden. During this time, she introduced the water scarcity/water crowding indicator and the concepts of green and blue water that made her internationally renowned. To date her significant research consists of over 400 publications.

Prof. Falkenmark has held numerous high level posts on international boards and committees. Some of these posts include: Rapporteur General of the United Nations Water Conference Mar del Plata (1977); World Bank Consultant with special responsibility regarding the looming water scarcity (1988-92); member of the UN Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development and the UN Millennium Project Task Force for Environmental Sustainability; member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water partnership; Scientific Advisor to the Global Environment Facility and the Comprehensive Freshwater Assessment of the World.


Professor Falkenmark is a Professor of Applied and International Hydrology. Between 1976- 79, she led the planning and development of the Department for Water and Environment Studies at Linköping University. After her formal retirement in 1991, she was connected to the Department of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University. In 2007, she joined the Stockholm Resilience Center as a guest scientist. At SIWI, she was 1991- 2003 Chair of the Scientific Program Committee and helped establish the annual the Stockholm Water Symposium/World Water Week in Stockholm, which has grown into a global platform for water policy. Professor Falkenmark has received a number of prestigious international awards.