Strzepek, Kenneth

Kenneth Strzepek
Research Scientist, Joint Program and CGCS
Professor Emeritus of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Boulder at Colorado





Focus Areas

Managed Resources, Infrastructure & Investment, Regional Analysis


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, and recently 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.

Education + Credentials
B.Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
M.A., Economics, University of Colorado, 2004
Ph.D. Candidate, Economics, University of Hamburg

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Payet-Burin, R., M. Kromann, S. Pereira-Cardenal, K.M. Strzepek and P. Bauer-Gottwein (2021). Frontiers in Water, Online first (doi: 10.3389/frwa.2021.672382)
Joint Program Report
Strzepek, K., C.A. Schlosser and J. Goudreau (2021). Joint Program Report Series Report 350, April, 16 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Gonzalez, J.M., . . ., K.M. Strzepek, et al. (2020). Applied Energy, 269, 114794 (doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.114794)
Journal Article
Fant, C., B. Boehlert, K. Strzepek, P. Larsen, A. White, S. Gulati, Y. Li and J. Martinich (2020). Energy, 195, 116899 (doi: 10.1016/
Journal Article
Komurcu, M., C.A. Schlosser, I. Alshehri, T. Alshahrani, W. Alhayaza, A. Alsaati and K. Strzepek   (2020). Atmosphere, 11(10), 1068 (doi: 10.3390/atmos11101068)

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
May 24, 2021
News Release
MIT Spectrum | 
May 03, 2021
News Brief
Joint Program News | 
Mar 22, 2021
News Release
MIT Office of Sustainability | 
Mar 11, 2021
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 16, 2020
In The News
Slate | 
Aug 21, 2020
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Washington Examiner | 
Jan 13, 2020
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MetroWest Daily News | 
Dec 19, 2019
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Power Engineering | 
Dec 06, 2019