CGCS Directory

Dr. Kenneth Strzepek

Research Scientist, Joint Program and CGCS
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Nonresident Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research
Professor Emeritus of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
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Biographical Statement:

Kenneth Strzepek has spent 30 years as a researcher and practitioner at the nexus of engineering, environmental and economics systems, primarily related to water resource planning and management, river basin planning, and modeling of agricultural, environmental, and water resources systems. His work includes applications of operations research, engineering economics, micro-economics and environmental economics to a broad range applications: from project scale to national and global investment policy studies. He has worked for a range of national governments as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the USAID. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Unviersity's Kennedy School of Government, and a Visiting Professor of Economics and Affiliated Professor in College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute as well as an International Fellow at the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy for Africa and Examiner in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has been an contributing author to the Second IPCC assessement, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the World Water Vision, and the UN World Water Development Report. He is currently the USAID Scientific Liaison Office on Water and Climate Change to the CGIAR. Prof. Strzepek has a PhD in Water Resources Systems Analysis from MIT, an MA in Economics from the University of Colorado and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Selected Publications:

Fletcher, S.M., M. Miotti, J. Swaminathan, M. Klemun, K. Strzepek, A. Siddiqi (2017): Water Supply Infrastructure Planning: Decision-Making Framework to Classify Multiple Uncertainties and Evaluate Flexible Design. J. of Water Resources Planning and Management, 143(10), 04017061.

Price, J., L. Wright, C. Fant, and K. Strzepek (2016): Calibrated Methodology for Assessing Climate Change Adaptation Costs for Urban Drainage Systems. Urban Water Journal, 13(4): 331-344.

Chinowsky, P., A. Schweikert, G. Hughes, C.S. Hayles, N. Strzepek, K. Strzepek, M. Westphal (2015):  The impact of climate change on road and building infrastructure: a four-country study. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 6(4): 382-396.

De Stefano, L., J. Duncan, S. Dinar, K. Stahl, K.M Strzepek, and A. Wolf (2012): Climate change and the institutional resilience of international river basins. Journal of Peace Research , 49: 193-209.

Block, P., and K. Strzepek (2010): Economic Analysis of Large-scale Upstream River Basin Development on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia Considering Transient Conditions, Climate Variability, and Climate Change, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 136(2): 156-166.

StrzepekK., J. Neumann, J. Smith, J. Martinich, B. Boehlert, M. Hejazi, J. Henderson, C. Wobus, R. Jones, K. Calvin, D. Johnson, E. Monier, J. Strzepek, J.-H. Yoon (2014): Benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation on the supply, management, and use of water resources in the United States. Climatic Change, 131(1): 127-141 (doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1279-9).

Blanc, É., K. Strzepek, A. Schlosser, H. Jacoby, A. Gueneau, C. Fant, S. Rausch and J. Reilly (2014): Modeling U.S. water resources under climate changeEarth's Future, 2(4): 197–224

Schlosser, C.A., K. Strzepek, X. Gao, C. Fant, É. Blanc, S. Paltsev, H. Jacoby, J. Reilly and A. Gueneau (2014): The future of global water stress: An integrated assessment. Earth's Future, 2(8): 341-361 (doi:10.1002/2014EF000238).

Strzepek, K., G. Yohe, R. Tol and M. Rosegrant (2008): The value of the high Aswan Dam to the Egyptian economy, Ecological Economics. 66(1): 117-126.

Strzepek, K., D. Major, C. Rosenzweig, A. Iglesias, D. Yates, A. Holt, and D. Hillel (1999): New Methods of Modeling Water Availability for Agriculture Under Climate Change: The U.S. Corn belt. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 35(6): 1639-1656.


B.Sc., Civil Engineering, MIT, 1975
M.Sc., Civil Engineering, MIT, 1977
Ph.D., Water Resource Systems, MIT, 1980
M.A., Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
Ph.D. Candidate, Economics, University of Hamburg