Sustainability Science Program

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Scott MooreMr. Scott Moore
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 81
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 503 Rubenstein Building
Tel: (1) 617-384-5737
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Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science

Scott Moore is a joint Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy project, a joint project of the Science Technology and Public Policy Program and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is a doctoral candidate in Politics at Oxford University. He is a political and environmental scientist and is interested in the political and public policy dimensions of environmental change, particularly energy and climate, water resource, and marine issues. His dissertation is a comparative study of territorial politics and river basin management in the United States, India, China, and France. Scott is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Energy Development in China led by Professor Henry Lee. He comes to the Kennedy School from the Brookings Institution, where he researched energy and water policy implementation in China at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing. Scott was an intern with the US Department of Energy China Office, a Global Governance 2020 Fellow, and a youth delegate at several UN climate conferences. He is a recipient of a Truman Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and Rhodes scholarship. He received a Masters of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University (2008) and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (2008). Scott intends to pursue a career in both academia and public policy. His faculty host is Henry Lee.

The politics of thirst: Hydropolitics in China
China is facing a multi-dimensional water crisis. Virtually all its major waterways are too polluted for most water uses. Surface and subsurface water resources in the north China plain, which includes Beijing, are over-exploited. In many areas, the water requirements of energy production are coming into acute conflict with other uses. At the same time, many of the policy responses formulated by the Chinese government, including long-distance water transfers and the implementation of tradable water rights, pose particular challenges within China’s complex political system, particularly relationships between central, provincial, and local governments. This research project focuses on these relationships and the key interests that drive formulation of policies to address China’s growing water crisis. The project aims to produce both policy recommendations as well as scholarly publications.

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