Stefanos Xenarios

Position: Associate Professor

Education Background:

Ph.D., Environmental Economics, 2007, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece)



Research Areas

Natural Resources Management, Environmental Policy and Economics, Decision Aiding Systems, Hydro-Economic modelling, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Agricultural Policy and Rural Development, Stakeholder Analysis

Contact information

Dr.Stefanos Xenarios 
Associate Professor 
Graduate School of Public Policy
Room 4.009
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 010000
Telephone: +7 7172 70 91 48

Stefanos Xenarios has joined the NU Graduate School of Public Policy in 2018. He is an environmental economist by training with focus on water resources and climate change aspects.

Dr. Xenarios initially acquired a 3-years of postdoctoral experience in India and Ethiopia as a staff member of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Subsequently, Stefanos did research on climate change and agriculture in South Asia, based at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy (NIBIO), and worked as Head of the Water and Energy Security Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Tajikistan.

Before joining Nazarbayev University, he was a Senior Researcher in University of Central Asia leading activities on water-energy-food and environment nexus in the region. Xenarios is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR) while he is a committee member of the International Water Association’s Specialist Group on Statistics and Economics.


  1. Xenarios S, Smakhtin V, Sehring J, Schmidt-Vogt D, Tsani S, Hannah C. and Michalena E(2018) Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Environment in Central Asia in Barchiesi, S., Carmona-Moreno, C., Biedler, M.W., Dalton, J (Eds) ‘’Proceedings of the validation workshop on framing the context for operationalising the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus’’ JRC Technical Report, Ispra, Italy (in press)
  2. Xenarios S, Shenhav R, Abdullaev I, Mastellari A (2018) Current and Future Challenges of Water Security in Central Asia. In: World Water Council (eds) Global Water Security. Water Resources Development and Management. Springer, Singapore
  3. Xenarios S, Gafurov A, Schmidt-Vogt D. et al. (2018) Climate change and adaptation of mountain societies in Central Asia: uncertainties, knowledge gaps, and data constraints, Reg Environ Change
  4. Abou Zaki N, Torabi Haghighi A, Rossi PM, Xenarios S, Kløve B. (2018) An Index-Based Approach to Assess the Water Availability for Irrigated Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. Water, 10, 896.
  5. Xenarios S, Shenhav R, Abdullaev I, Mastellari A (2018) Water Security in Central Asia: An Overview. Water Solutions, Issue 2
  6. Xenarios S, Queiroga H, Lillebø AI and Aleixo A (2108) Introducing a Regulatory Policy Framework of Bait Fishing in European Coastal Lagoons: The Case of Ria de Aveiro in Portugal. Fishes 3(1), 2; doi:10.3390/fishes3010002
  7. Manandhar J, Xenarios S, Schmidt-Vogt D, Hergarten D, Foggin M (2017) Climate Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Mountain Societies in Central Asia, Research, Mountain Societies Research Institute, University Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,   DOI10.13140/RG.2.2.22229.32482
  8. Xenarios S, Kløve B and Wegerich K (2017) Editorial for the Special Issue on Water Use Management Challenges in Central Asia and Afghanistan, Central Asian Journal of Water Research (2017) 3(2): 1-2
  9. Xenarios S, Kakumanu KR, Sekhar NU and Kallam S.R (2017) Gender differentiated impacts from weather extremes: insight from rural communities in South India, Environmental Development
  10. Alamanos A, Xenarios S, Mylopoulos N and Stålnacke P (2016) Hydro-economic modeling and management with limited data: the case of Lake Karla Basin, Greece, European Water, 54: 3-18, 2016
  11. Xenarios S, Nemes A, Sarker GW and Nagothu US (2016) Assessing vulnerability to climate change: Are communities in flood-prone areas in Bangladesh more vulnerable than those in drought-prone areas?  Water Resources and Rural Development Journal, Vol. 7, p.1-19
  12. Xenarios S, Polatidis H, McCartney M and Nemes A (2015) A user-based decision framework for water storage investments in Sub-Saharan Africa: the case of Blue Nile basin in Ethiopia, Journal of Water Economics and Policy, Volume 01, Issue 04
  13. Ranjan R, Ngai WC and Xenarios S (2015) Sustainability of rice production systems: an empirical evaluation to improve policy, Environment, Development and Sustainability, DOI 10.1007/s10668-015-9638-x
  14. Xenarios S  and Polatidis H  (2015) Alleviating climate change impacts in rural Bangladesh: a PROMETHEE outranking-based approach for prioritizing agricultural interventions, Environment, Development and Sustainability, 17: 963.