Henrik Aspegren


Henrik Aspegren has been the CEO of Sweden Water Research since August 2019. Henrik has worked with water and waste issues for over 30 years in a series of managerial positions. He has had the opportunity to participate in a time when the municipal water services have has changed from beeing a specialized local municipal concern to being organized in regional collaborations with a broader mission, where water is seen as a limited resource that we all have to economize.

Internationally, the need of developing water-wise communities has been evident for a long time. Now Sweden also needs to develop the infrastructure to contribute to a sustainable water management in the cities.

Henrik also has a tangible interest in development issues and, in parallel with the operational, has conducted active research at Lund University, where in 1995 he defended his thesis on how biological processes at treatment plants can be combined to recover phosphorus from waste water. Since then, he has published research results in a number of different fields within the water and environment area. Since 2014 he has been an adjunct professor at Lund University with a research focus on how to change the urban water system in order to be adapt it to global challenges and opportunities to create water-wise cities.

Sörensen J., Persson A., Sternudd C., Aspegren H., Nilsson J., Nordstrom J., Jonsson K., Mottaghi M., Becker P., Larsson R., Berndtsson R., & Mobini S. (2016) Re-thinking urban flood management – Time for a regime shift. Water 8(8), pp. 332.

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Mottaghi M., Aspegren H. & Jönsson K. (2015) The necessity for re-thinking the way we plan our cities with the focus on Malmö. VATTEN – Journal of Water Management and Research 71(1), pp. 37-44.

Haghighatafshar, S., la Cour Jansen, J., Aspegren, H., Jönsson, K. (2017) Introduction of a novel conceptual model for sustainable drainage systems based on observed rainfall-runoff patterns – a case study. Oral presentation, 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD 2107), 10-15 September 2017, Prague, Czech.,

Haghighatafshar, S., la Cour Jansen, J., Aspegren, H., & Jönsson, K. (2018) Conceptualization and schematization of mesoscale sustainable drainage systems: a full-scale study. Water, pp. 10(8), 1041..

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(2016) Slutrapport “Den varma och rena staden” inkl delrapporter. (In Swedish).

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Haghighatafshar S., la Cour Jansen J., Aspegren H., Lidström V., Mattsson A. & Jönsson K. (2014) Storm-water management in Malmö and Copenhagen with regard to climate change scenarios. Journal of Water Management and Research 70(3), pp. 159-168.

Mottaghi M., Jönsson K. & Aspegren H. (2016) Integrated urban design and open storm drainage in our urban Environments. Water Practice and Technology 11(1),, pp. 118-126.