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Professor Stephen Lintner

Stephen-LintnerVisiting Professor


Tel: +1 202 294 5451 

Primary Staff Sponsor: Tony Allan

Department of Geography 

King’s College London  
Strand Campus 

Research Interests

  • development and implementation of policies and procedures for management of environmental and social impacts and risks
  • assessment and management of transboundary freshwater, coastal and marine resources
  • evaluation of historical processes of human modification and transformation of environmental systems


Stephen F. Lintner is an independent advisor to governments and development organizations on environmental and social sustainability. Lintner has over 35 years of worldwide experience in environment, infrastructure and water resources management, including the development of policies and procedures, design of strategies and programs, planning and implementation of projects, and capacity building and training. He also has extensive experience with issues related to Indigenous Peoples, land use, land acquisition, and physical and economic displacement.

During his long tenure at the World Bank, Lintner held leadership roles in a range of policy, strategy, technical and capacity building activities concerning environmental and social issues. He had a major role at global, regional and national levels in supporting strategies, programs and projects in countries where the World Bank is active. Most recently, Lintner was the World Bank’s Senior Technical Adviser on issues concerning environmental and social safeguard policies. In this capacity, he was responsible for Bank-wide coordination and oversight of measures to support the environmental and social soundness of Bank supported programs and projects. This included development, application and interpretation of World Bank policies concerning environmental assessment, natural habitats, forests, pest management, physical cultural resources, involuntary resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, dam safety, projects on international waterways and projects in disputed areas. In addition, Lintner regularly represented the World Bank on environmental and social issues and natural resources and water resources management issues around the globe in a diversity of settings. 

While with the World Bank Lintner also served in the Europe, Middle East and North Africa Region, was Advisor for Freshwater, Coastal and Marine Resources in the Environment Department and served in the East Asia and Pacific Region as the Regional Environmental Advisor. He has extensive knowledge on management of freshwater, coastal and marine resources. Lintner was a principal member and manager of World Bank teams involved in negotiation of agreements, joint preparation of regional strategies and implementation of multi-country/multi-donor programs and projects for the Aral Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Danube River, Dead Sea and Gulf of Aqaba, Ganges River, Mediterranean Sea, Nile River and the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. He has also been highly involved in lake basin management issues, including serving as Chair of the International Steering Committee for the Lake Basin Management Initiative, supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other parties. In support of these various programs he mobilized financial resources and technical expertise from the GEF, other development partners, nongovernmental organizations and private foundations.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Lintner was Environmental Coordinator for the Asia and Near East Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He also worked for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He is the former President of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and the recipient of numerous awards and medals. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (USA). 



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