Christopher A. Scott is the Director of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Research Professor of Water Resources Policy, with joint appointments as Professor in the School of Geography & Development as well as Director of the CAZMEX Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments and Joint Professor of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Science.
Scott is an interdisciplinary scholar with some 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 edited books and 120 book chapters and other publications on water, energy, and food policy. His work focuses on the policy dimensions of global change (climate change and urban growth) with particular emphasis on water and energy security, climate adaptation, urban wastewater and water reuse, agricultural-urban water transfers, and transboundary water resources.
He is founding co-director of the AQUASEC Center of Excellence for water Security and director of the Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments (CAZMEX).
Scott holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in hydrology from Cornell University, B.S. and B.A. degrees from Swarthmore College.
He has 10 years of experience living and working in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Mexico (with the International Water Management Institute), in addition to two years in Honduras and two years in India with nongovernmental organizations. He has bilingual proficiency in Spanish and Hindi, and professional working proficiency in Portuguese, Nepali, and German.
Immediately prior to his arrival at The University of Arizona in July 2006, he was a senior international project manager with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Md., where he led National Weather Service collaboration with Mexico and India.