Principal Investigators

Dr. Wendy Jepson, lead for the TAMU Water Security Initiative and AAAS Leshner Fellow for Public Engagement (Water Security), is an internationally recognized thought leader in water security issues. Her NSF-funded research focus on household-level and water governance, extends to the challenges in urban areas of the global south ($256K, 2016-2019).  She is PI for a recently funded NSF Research Coordinating Network on water security ($500K, 2018-2023).


Dr. Christian Brannstrom, a scholar of environmental governance, is a Professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Geosciences). He has conducted or assisted in Q-method studies in Argentina, Brazil, and Texas relating to water governance, municipal policies, renewable power, and sugarcane ethanol.


Professor Gabriel Eckstein has examined groundwater governance issues on the Mexico-US border and has spurred additional collaborations and publications. He led a UN FAO-funded project that compiled and synthesized water law profiles for 35 countries and 3 international river basins for the UNFAO’s online WATERLEX database.


Dr. Robert Greer, Assistant Professor of public budgeting and finance in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, is an expert in state and local financial management and has published in the areas of debt management, municipal security markets, and water infrastructure financing.


Dr. Mark Holtzapple, has conducted 40 years of research on water desalination and in particular, well known for a series of papers that describe his research.


Dr. Kent Portney, Director for the TAMU Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, has long experience as a thought leader in the area of urban sustainability. Recently he has advanced work on the Texas A&M water-food-energy nexus collaboration leading the water governance node for the San Antonio case study.


Dr. John Tracy, Director of the Texas Water Resources Institute, has extensive experience working at the interface between water resources research, practice and policy over the past 20 years.


Dr. Sierra Woodruff, an Assistant Professor, is an expert on climate change adaptation and studies how studies build adaptive governance in the face of environmental change.