People

Head of Systems Laboratory
Assistant Professor

Viktor Lagutov is the Head of the Environmental Systems Laboratory at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). His research interests are focused on environmental modeling and spatial analysis with special emphasis given to aquatic ecosystems and watershed approach to environmental security.

Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Ph.D. (Moscow State University): Head of Department, Director of UNEP GEO Collaborating Center: State of the environment and pollution problems in the countries of the region; environmental policy; global environmental issues, sources of environmental information.

 

Arnold Nagy

Environmental Consultant

Arnold is a CEU alumni, having graduated from the department of Environmental Sciences and  Policy in 2001. In 2006, he obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield, UK. He has 10+ years’ experience working in/with international organizations, academia, and technology companies, on a wide range of topics including environmental impact assessment, environmental policy and regulations, biodiversity conservation, marine science and water management. His expertise includes GIS and spatial analysis, statistical modelling, optimization research and project management.

Anastasia Kvasha

Project Manager

Anastasia joined CEU in 2013 as a part of the ESP Program. Later, in 2015, she continued her studies as a PhD student at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Her research interests are mainly focused on disaster risk reduction and environmental modelling in urban areas using remote sensing, GIS, latest ICT. The aim of her current research is to identify existing challenges and issues in adoption, adaptation, and application of ICTs for community flood resilience and develop recommendations to tackle these challenges.

Elizaveta Khazieva

Research Assistant

Elizaveta joined Central European University in 2015 as part of the ESP Program. Her research interests are focused on remote sensing and GIS technologies application for wide range of environmental issues such as land cover changes and agricultural monitoring. She has worked at Hexagon Geospatial, a leading global provider of information technologies and she was engaged with different projects related to enterprise GIS platforms development and remote sensing data analysis. Her current activity includes implementation of on-line mapping tools and investigation of remote sensing application for agricultural monitoring and yield assessment.

Irina Gilfanova

Research Assistant

Irina has joined CEU in 2011 as a part of the MS Program in Environmental Sciences and Policy. Her research interests are mainly focused on water and energy management and application of different GIS techniques in the environmental modelling.
She has contributed to number of projects, including EU FP-7 Project EnviroGRIDs "Building Capacity for a Black Sea Catchment Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development". Before MSc study Irina was involved in numerous projects on environmental education and nature conservation in Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

Natalia Pervushina

PhD Candidate

Natalia has over 7 years working experience in international environmental NGO's such as WWF and TRAFFIC (wildlife trade monitoring network, a joint alliance of WWF and IUCN) in Russia and Asia. She also worked as a senior Customs officer in the Russian Federal Customs in Vladivostok where she was in charge for inter-customs communication with the customs departments of other countries in Asia Pacific. While working in WWF and TRAFFIC, Natalia coordinated programs focused on combating illegal trade in Tigers and Tigers parts across Asia and collaborated with other environmental NGOs, international organisations and government agencies dealing with wildlife trade. The topic of her PhD dissertation is "Illegal Tiger trade as an obstacle to Tiger conservation: addressing the issue on the case of Amur-Heilong region".

FORMER RESEARCHERS and Staff

Emily Nilson

Project Manager

Emily joined CEU in 2012 as a part of the Erasmus Mundus MESPOM Program. Her scientific interests are predominantly focused on urban sustainability and the application of GIS technologies for environmental issues, including a wide range of applications: suitability of green roofs in an urban environment, biodiversity conservation, and freshwater quality assessment. Her master's thesis investigated the dynamics between land use and freshwater quality in the Tsimlyansk Reservoir in Russia using GIS and remote sensing and identifying associated water security issues in the area.
Emily is the Project Manager of the ISEPEI Project (In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals), an Eye on Earth seed-funded project.

Olga Khon

Research Assistant

Olga has joined Central European University in 2015. Her research interests are predominantly focused on transboundary water cooperation and disaster risk reduction using GIS technologies in Central Asia, and particularly in Kazakhstan. She has worked on EBRD projects providing environmental and social investigations and impact assessment, and was involved in social water-related projects of Kazakhstan.
Olga is assisting in implementation of ISEPEI Project (In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals) and its related activities, as part of the Eye on Earth global initiative.

Rustam Issakhojayev

Research Assistant 
Rustam has joined Central European University in 2015. His scientific research interests are mainly focused on water security problems in Central Asian region and application of GIS technologies for environmental issues. He worked as full time staff for the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific) and was engaged with projects focused on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
Rustam is assisting in implementation of ISEPEI Project (In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals) and its related activities, as part of the Eye on Earth global initiative.

IRENE BARBIERA
Research Fellow
Department of Medieval Studies

ELENA KMETOVA
Teaching Assistant

GUY HYDRICK
Research Assistant

KSENIA PETRICHENKO
Research Assistant

KRISTINA RODINA
Research Assistant

JOVAN BATANČEV
Research Assistant

VADIM CHIRKOV
Research Assistant

LARISA GRUJIC
Research Assistant