2013-2018 – Ph.D. (Dr. Agrar.) in Water Resources Management and Diplomacy University of Bonn, Germany Topic: Prospects of Transboundary Cooperation among the Eastern Nile Riparian Countries: Case of Experimental Game Application
2009-2012 – Master of Science in Agricultural Science and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ARTS) University of Bonn, Germany
1999-2003 – Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Development University of Tehran, Iran
June 2019-now Postdoc researcher in transdisciplinary research for sustainability „Digitainable“ Project: Digitalization and Sustainability Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research – Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB), Bonn, Germany.
Feb 2017-June 2019 Senior Researcher, project coordinator, and lecturer Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
June 2016 & 2017 Water Diplomacy at Harvard Law School and MIT, Boston.
June 2015-December 2015 Visiting Researcher Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO)/ Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2012-2014 Research Assistant Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
2012-2013 Research Assistant Global Water System Project (GWSP), at ZEF (the Centre for Development Research), University of Bonn, Germany.
2011-2012 Student Assistant Employer Faculty of Agriculture, ARTS program, University of Bonn, Germany.
2009-2011 Research Assistant Employer Natural Resources Economics department of ZEF (the Centre for Development Research), University of Bonn, Germany.
Motlagh, M. (2019). Capacity development for transboundary water cooperation: Application of role-playing behavioral simulation games. Empowering Hydro-diplomacy, Water Research Center, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Motlagh, M (2018). Prospects of simulation in decision-making scenarios for transboundary negotiation. Hydro-diplomacy Workshop, Workshop Publication, IHE Delft, De Hauge
o Motlagh, M., Bhaduri, A., Bogardi, J. J., & Ribbe, L. (2017). The Role of Trust-building in Fostering Cooperation in the Eastern Nile Basin: A Case of Experimental Game Application. The Journal of Natural Resources and Development (JNRD), 7, 73-83.
Motlagh, M. (2017). Migration: A water suitcase. (ISSN2366-7257) Journal of Development and Cooperation (D+C), 8.
Motlagh, M. (2017). Role of water diplomacy in transboundary cooperation in the Nile: Application of experimental games. 5th Nile Basin development forum 2017 theme: investing in Nile cooperation for a secure water future. Kigali: NBI.
Motlagh, M. (2017). Formation of transboundary trust environment to promote cooperation: Stakeholder Mapping Approach. Nile Basin Discourse Summit (NBDS): Integration and Inclusion: New Ideas for collaboration in River Basins Management Policies and Practices. Entebbe, Uganda: NBI.
Motlagh, M. (2016). Design of natural resources governance training for undergraduate education. Water and Environment in the New Millennium: Education and Capacity Building. Tehran: University of Tehran.