Stefanos Xenarios

Position: Adjunct 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 
Adjunct Associate Professor, NU GSPP
Principal Research Economist, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Website: CSIRO 

Stefanos is an environmental economist by training with a focus on water resources and climate change aspects. He 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.

He further became a Senior Researcher in the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan leading activities on water-energy-food and environment nexus in the region while in May 2018 he was appointed as Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy in Nazarbayev University based in Kazakhstan.

Since January 2020 he has been an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Water Policy, at the National University of Singapore.  He is in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Water Resources Development, Hydrology Research Journal, World Development Sustainability, and the Central Asian Journal of Water Research, while he is in the Management Board of the International Water Association’s Specialist Group on Statistics and Economics.  Currently Stefanos is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NU GSPP and a Principal Research Economist at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). 


Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Lim, M., Xenarios, S. (2021) Economic assessment of urban space and blue-green infrastructure in Singapore, Journal of Urban Ecology, Volume 7, Issue 1, juab020,
  2. Xenarios, S., Assubayeva, A., Lei X. et al (2020) A bibliometric review of water security concept in Central Asia, Environmental Research Letters,
  3. Alamanos A, Latinopoulos D, Xenarios S, Tziatzios G, Mylopoulos N Loukas A (2019) Combining hydro-economic and water quality modelling for optimal management of a degraded watershed, Journal of Hydro-informatics, 1 November 2019; 21 (6): 1118–1129. doi:
  4. Xenarios, S., Laldjebaev, M., Shenhav, R. (2019) Agricultural Water and Energy Management in Tajikistan: a New Opportunity, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1642185
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Xenarios S, Shenhav R, Abdullaev I, Mastellari A (2018) Water Security in Central Asia: An Overview. Water Solutions, Issue 2
  8. Xenarios S, Queiroga H, Lillebø AI and Aleixo A (2018) 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.

Book Chapters

  1. Xenarios, S, Laldjebaev, M., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Buurman, J., Araral, E (2021) Powering the uplands: controversies of developing hydropower in upstream Central and Mainland South East Asia. In: Tsani, S. and Overland, I (eds) Handbook on the Sustainable Politics and Economics of Natural Resources, Edward Elgar Publ. pp. 152–185, DOI:
  2. Xenarios, S., Sehring, J., Assubayeva, A., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Abdullaev, I., Araral, E. (2019) Water Security Assessments in Central Asia: Research and Policy Implications, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) ISBN: 978–4–89974–113–8
  3. 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: S. Barchiesi, C. Carmona-Moreno, C. Dondeynaz, M. Biedler (eds) Proceedings of the Workshop on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, ISBN 978-92-79-99562-0, doi 10.2760/867467
  4. 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.