Speaker's Profile

Christopher A Scott

Christopher A. Scott, Ph.D., is Research Professor of Water Resources Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and Professor of Geography and Development, both at the University of Arizona. He is engaged in research and outreach on mountain water towers, river-basin water security, water-energy-food nexus, water reuse, climate adaptation, and social-ecological systems resilience with a particular emphasis on the Andes, Colorado Basin Sky Islands, and a recurring interest in the Himalayas. He leads projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, and co-leads a project funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Previously he led projects funded by Swiss, German, Australian, and multilateral donors.

Dr Scott has produced over one hundred peer-reviewed publications and nine edited books. He is a member of the International Water Resources Association, American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr Scott received his B.S. in Engineering and B.A. in Asian Studies from Swarthmore College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Hydrology from Cornell University. His served as Senior Scientist coordinating the U.S. National Weather Service’s international collaboration; Asia Regional Director for the International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka (though based in Hyderabad, India, where he also coordinated IWMI’s Nepal programme); hydrologist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (Washington, DC); and Mexico Program Leader for IWMI (Guanajuato, Mexico). He completed all his schooling in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India and speaks Hindi and Spanish in addition to conversational Portuguese and Nepali.