Christopher Scott

Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, RII

Professor, School of Geography, Development & Environment, SBS

Christopher Scott is an interdisciplinary scholar working on water security, climate resilience, human-environment interactions, and the water-energy-food nexus. His applied research emphasizes the importance of science-policy dialogues with particular attention to ecosystem services, groundwater depletion, water reuse, and transboundary adaptive management. Outside the academy, Dr. Scott has worked fifteen years for NGOs, government agencies, and applied-research institutes, contributing to water policy formulation and implementation. He has lived and worked five years in Latin America and six years in India (in addition to his schooling). He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, and Nepali, as well as conversational German and Urdu. Television, radio, and print-media coverage of Dr. Scott’s work has appeared globally (on BBC, CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, Guardian, among others) as well as nationally (in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, India, Pakistan, and Nepal).


  • PhD, Hydrology, Cornell University