S-B2 Innovations in Framing Decisions

This symposium will examine decision frameworks for sustainable solutions to food-energy-water challenges and how to ensure that solutions to particular challenges do not generate vulnerabilities elsewhere in food-energy-water systems. Speakers will explore both theoretical and practical components across natural, economic and policy sciences. Speakers will: (1) examine the theory behind and need for decision frameworks to address food-water-energy challenges; (2) discuss the application of decision frameworks to food-water-energy risks and trade-offs in the Colorado River basin; (3) connect science and decision-making through climate change adaptation to build resilience in coupled food-energy-water systems; and (4) examine integrated modelling and tools for decision-making in the Truckee-Carson Basin. The session is co-hosted by the Food, Energy, Environment, Water (FE2W) Network.

Moderator: Nathanial Matthews, Global Research Coordinator, CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems


  • Dustin Garrick, Assistant Professor and Philomathia Chair of Water Policy, McMaster University, Food, Energy, Environment, Water (FE2W) Network
  • Katharine Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona
  • Greg Koch, Senior Director, Global Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Maureen McCarthy, Great Basin Program Director, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, National Resource Theme, International Food Policy Research Institute

Nathanial Matthews is the Global Research Coordinator of the CGIAR Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). In his role with WLE, Nate manages teams and projects across WLE’s four focal regions (West Africa, East Africa, the Ganges and the Greater Mekong) working with over 175 partners to develop scalable solutions for reducing poverty, improving food security and maintaining healthy ecosystems. A political and environmental scientist by training, Dr. Matthews has 14 years professional experience across business, education, research and consulting that spans over 20 countries. In addition to his role with WLE, Nate is a Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London, a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia Water Security Centre and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Twitter: Nate_Matthews_ +44-774898665 n.matthews@cgiar.org

Claudia Ringler leads the Natural Resource Theme at IFPRI with a focus on policy analyses for enhanced resource use efficiency across water, land and energy for more sustainable food production systems. Dr. Ringler is also a flagship co-lead of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems on Managing Resource Variability and Competing Uses which has ongoing nexus research in various developing country river basis. Claudia is also chairing the Food, Energy, Environment and Water network (FE2W) http://www.fe2wnetwork.org/ that uses a risk based approach to the nexus focusing on identifying solutions in 6 large river basins. Finally, Dr. Ringler is involved with the Sustainable Water Future’s program (under Future Earth) on the Nexus. 202-862-5600 c.ringler@cgiar.org

Dustin Evan Garrick specializes in water allocation policy and river basin governance in water stressed regions of Western North America and Southeast Australia. He holds grants from the Canadian and Australian Research Councils to investigate adaptation to climate extremes and water allocation reform in North America and Australia. He has a special interest in interdisciplinary and science-practitioner networks that connect science and policymaking. He currently serves on the management committee of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network. He recently served on the Global Water Partnership / OECD task force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth and is active on a number of international and comparative water policy projects.

Katharine Jacobs is the director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions and a professor at the University of Arizona. From 2010 to 2013, Jacobs worked in the White House, leading the National Climate Assessment and advising on water science and climate adaptation. Prior to her work in DC, Jacobs was the executive director of the Arizona Water Institute from 2006 to 2009, and she has more than 20 years of experience as a water manager for the Arizona’s Department of Water Resources. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision making, stakeholder engagement, and climate change adaptation. (520-626-5023; jacobsk@email.arizona.edu)

Maureen McCarthy, as Director of the UNR Academy for the Environment, coordinates transdisciplinary research and education programs in the Great Basin and promotes science to support environmental management. Dr. McCarthy is also Executive Director of the Tahoe Science Consortium where she coordinates an applied science grant program and promotes multidisciplinary research and science-based decision making in support of environmental management in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The TSC was formed in 2005 to foster collaboration between research organizations and management agencies. 775-784-8262 mimccarthy@unr.edu

Greg Koch has nearly 30 years of experience and is a globally recognized leader in water resource management and leads Coca-Cola’s global water stewardship program across some 1,000 facilities and numerous agricultural supply regions, focusing on: efficiency and wastewater management; watershed protection and climate change adaptation; community water initiatives; and water policy engagement. Nexus analyses and modeling is part of business risk assessment and mitigation efforts, as well as a central theme in water policy engagement and reform efforts. 404-676-7698 gkoch@coca-cola.com


  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Dustin Garrick, Philomathia Professor, Water Policy and Research, McMaster University
  • Maureen McCarthy, Executive Director, Tahoe Science Consortium/University of Nevada
  • Derek Kauneckis, Associate Professor, Ohio University – Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs