I have three main research interests:
1) Using systems thinking and modelling to explore the global water-energy-food nexus. I am interested in assessing long-term water balance projections and scenarios under an uncertain global future. I have recently extended the use of this approach to link projections directly to impacts in food and economic sectors and for assessing reservoir resilience (see publications ). I am exploring ways to expand the scope and scale of this work to include seamless global water-energy-food assessment to explore the viabiltiy of these systems under global development, and to understand the causal links between economic growth and human development.
2) Exploring the future urban water demand, attempting to model this into the future, and investigating technical and social ways for reducing this demand, particularly with a focus on alternative water supply technologies. A particular interest is investigating the extent to which cities can be 'self-reliant' on local water resources by increasing supply (especially through alternative measures), reducing demand, and becoming more water-efficient.
3) Related to the topics above, I have an interest in urban water-energy relationships to assess how cities can become more resource efficient in a time of increasing pressure on natural resources.
I am involved in the following research projects:
- NEXOGENESIS (www.nexogenesis.eu). Horizon2020. I am overall project coordinator. This major research programme will run from September 2021 for four years and will investigate ways to efficiently streamline policy into the WEF Nexus, including the use of novel reinforcement learning and other artificial intelligence techniques.
- SIM4NEXUS (www.sim4nexus.eu). Ended June 2020. Funded by the Horizon2020 programme. I am a Work Package co-leader, and member of the Project Coordination Team. I have a major role in the integrative modelling component of the project concerned with amalgamating the outputs from numerous specialised thematic models into one seamless systems analysis.
- AltWater (www.altwater.un-ihe.org). Funded under the DUPC2 programme, which is financed by the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs. I am the Project Leader. This project assess the potential of alternative water supplies in four cities (Maputo and Beira, Mozambique; Surabaya and Gresik, Indonesia) both now and under future conditions to determine the potential impact of rolling out these technologies to increase water security under changing climatic and socio-economic conditions.
- Interdepartmental Global Water Hotspot analysis. Led by PBL (Dutch Environment Assessment Agency). Major global assessment of hotspots of critical current and forecoming water issues. My work is focussed on potential water quality issues, and the impact to human health. This work led to the publication "The Geography of Future Water Challenges" which canbe accessed via this link: https://themasites.pbl.nl/future-water-challenges/
- Future Water Challenges 2. Led by PBL (Dutch Environment Assessment Agency). This is a follow-on study from the Global Water Hotspot analysis. I co-lead the IHE work, which focusses on the future development pathways of cities.
I teach throughout our Water Management and Governance MSc programme, and am involved in the mentoring of MSc students. I am also a guest lecturer at IHS, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and at IMT Atlantique, Nantes, France.
Before joining IHE Delft, I was Research Fellow at the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, working on two EU FP7 funded projects (WASSERMed and PREPARED). Before that I was with JBA Consulting (UK). I completed my PhD at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and gained my BSc from Lancaster University.
Purwanto A., Susnik J., Suryadi F.X., de Fraiture C. 2021. Quantitative simulation of the water-energy-food (WEF) security nexus in a local planning context in Indonesia. Sustainable Production and Consumption. 25: 198-216. DOI: 10.1016/j.spc.2020.08.009
Townsend D.A., Susnik J., van der Zaag, P. 2020. Domestic water supply vulnerability to climate change and the role of alternative water sources in Kingston, Jamaica. Atmosphere (S.I. Central America and Caribbean Hydrometeorology and Hydroclimate). 11: 1314. DOI: 10.3390/atmos11121314
van den Heuvel L., Blicharska M., Masia S., Susnik J., Teutschbein C. 2020. Ecosystem services in the Swedish water-energy-food-land-climate nexus: anthropogenic pressures and physical interactions. Ecosystem Services. 44: 101141. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101141
Ahmadi M.S., Susnik J., Veerbeek W., Zevenbergen C. 2020. Towards a global Day Zero? Assessment of current and future water supply and demand in 12 rapidly developing megacities. Sustainable Cities and Society. 61: 102295. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102295
Bakhshianlamouki E., Masia S., Karimi P., van der Zaag P., Susnik J. 2020. A system dynamics model to quantify the impacts of restoration measures on the water-energy-food nexus in the Urmia Lake Basin, Iran. Science of the Total Environment. 708: 134874. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134874
Purwanto A., Susnik J., Suryadi F.X., de Fraiture C. 2019. The use of a group model building approach to develop causal loop diagrams of the WEF security nexus in a local context: A case study in Karawang Regency, Indonesia. Journal of Cleaner Production. 240: 118170. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118170
Hulsmann S., Susnik J., Rinke K., Langan S., van Wijk D., Janssen A.B.G., Mooij W.M. 2019. Integrated modelling of water resources: the ecosystem perspective on the nexus approach. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 40: 14-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2019.07.003
Assefa Y.T., Babel M.S., Susnik J., Shinde V.R. 2019. Development of a generic domestic water security index, and application in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Water. 11: 37. DOI: 10.3390/w11010037
Purwanto A., Susnik J., Suryadi F.X., de Fraiture C. 2018. Determining strategies for water, energy, and food-related sectors in local economic development. Sustainable Production and Consumption. 16: 162-175: DOI: 10.1016/j.spc.2018.08.005
Jussah O, Orabi M.O.M., Susnik J., Bichai F., Zevenbergen C. 2018. Assessment of the potential contribution of alternative water supply systems in two contrasting locations: Lilongwe, Malawi, and Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Journal of Water and Climate Change. DOI: 10.2166/wcc.2018.117
Susnik J. 2018. Data-driven quantification of the global water-energy-food system. Resources, Recycling and Conservation. 133: 179-190. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.02.023
Masia S., Susnik J., Marras S., Mereu S., Spano D., Trabucco A. 2018. Assessment of irrigated agriculture vulnerability under climate change in Southern Italy. Water (S.I. Sustainable Water Management in Agriculture under Global Change). 10: 209. DOI: 10.3390/w10020209
Susnik J., Chew C., Domingo X., Mereu S., Trabucco A., Evans B., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Savic D.A., Laspidou C., Brouwer F. 2018. Multi-stakeholder development of a serious game to explore the water-energy-food-land-climate nexus: the SIM4NEXUS approach. Water (S.I on Understanding Game-based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance: The Potential of Serious Games to Solve Water Problems). 10, 139. DOI: 10.3390/w10020139
Susnik J., van der Zaag P. 2017. Correlation and causation between the UN Human Development Index and national and personal wealth and resource exploitation. Economic Research (Ekonomska Istrazivanja). 30(1): 1705-1723. DOI: 10.1080/1331677X.2017.1383175
Valek AM., Susnik J., Grafakos S. 2017. Quantification of the urban water-energy nexus in Mexico City, Mexico, with an assessment of water-system related carbon emissions. Science of the Total Environment. 590-591: 258-268. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.234
Mereu S., Susnik J., Trabucco A., Daccache A., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Renoldi S., Virdis A., Savic D.A., Assimacopoulos D. 2016. Operational resilience of reservoirs to climate change, agricultural demand, and tourism: a case study from Sardinia. Science of the Total Environment. 543: 1028-1038. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.066
Susnik J. 2015. Economic metrics to estimate current and future resource use, with a focus on water withdrawals. Sustainable Production and Consumption. 2: 109-127. DOI: 10.1016/j.spc.2015.05.003
Susnik J., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Baumert N., Kloos J., Renaud F.G., La Jeunesse I., Mabrouk B., Savic D.A., Kapelan Z., Ludwig R., Fischer G., Roson R., Zografos C. 2015. Interdisciplinary assessment of sea-level rise and climate change impacts on the lower Nile delta, Egypt. Science of the Total Environment. 503-504: 279-288. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.111
Susnik J., Strehl, C., Postmes, L.A., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Malzer, H-J., Savic D.A., Kapelan Z., 2015, Assessing financial loss due to pluvial flooding and the efficacy of risk-reduction measures in the residential property sector. Water Resources Management. 29(1): 161-179. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-014-0833-6
Susnik J., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Savic D.A., Kapelan Z., 2013. Integrated modelling of the water-agricultural system in the Rosetta region, Nile delta, Egypt, using system dynamics. Journal of Water and Climate Change. 4(3): 209-231. DOI: 10.2166/wcc.2013.069
Susnik J., Molina J-L., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Savic D.A., Kapelan Z., 2013. Comparative analysis of System Dynamics and Object-Oriented Bayesian Networks modelling for water systems management. Water Resources Management. 27(3): 819-841. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-012-0217-8.
Susnik J., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S., Savic D.A., Kapelan Z., 2012, Integrated System Dynamics Modelling for water scarcity assessment: Case study of the Kairouan region. Science of the Total Environment. 440: 290-306. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.050.085.
Alexander J., Barclay J., Susnik J., Loughlin S. C., Herd R. A., Darnell A. and Crosweller S., 2010, Sediment-charged flash floods on Montserrat: The influence of synchronous tephra fall and varying extent of vegetation damage, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 194: 127-138.
Barclay J., Alexander J., and Susnik J., 2007, Rainfall-induced lahars in the Belham Valley, Montserrat, West Indies, Journal of the Geological Society, 164: 815-827.