Derek Kauneckis

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Ohio University
The Ridges, 1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740-566-7049

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Climate adaptation, Resiliency planning, Property rights, Collaborative resource management, Multi-scale governance, Science and innovation policy, Policy instrument design, Biological conservation policy

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Biographical Sketch

Prof. Kauneckis is an associate professor of environmental studies at the Voinovich School with over 20 years of practical and academic experience in the environmental field. His research focuses on the behavioral and institutional components of climate change adaptation and mitigation policy, resilience planning, local governance, collaborative environmental policy, property rights, and innovation policy. Prof. Kauneckis is the recipient of numerous teaching and mentoring awards and consults with government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations. He specializes in policy analysis, integrative modeling, sustainability assessment, and institutional design. Prof. Kauneckis’ research has been sponsored by Fulbright, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  He has worked with the California Department of Water Resources, Lake Tahoe Science Center, Tahoe Prosperity Plan Green Innovation Hub, Washoe County Climate Resiliency Planning Committee, Athens County, Forest Service (USFS), US Geological Survey (USGS), Gerson Lehrman Financial Consultant Group, and the City of Las Vega, as well as having significant overseas fieldwork.


  • 2005, Ph.D., Public Policy, Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • 1999, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1997, M.S., International Agricultural Development, University of California, Davis.
  • 1991, B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Davis.

Other Research

Enhancing Climate Resiliency for Agricultural Production on American Indian Lands of the Great Basin Desert Area, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – AFRI Program.

Reconciling Demands for Water under Extreme Climate Conditions: An Integrated Framework for Policy Learning, Stakeholder Engagement, and Climate Adaption in Snow Fed, Arid River Systems, National Science Foundation and US Department of Agriculture – Water, Climate and Sustainability.

Climate Change Policy Networks: A National Analysis, National Science Foundation – Nevada EPSCoR.

Vulnerability and Resilience of Urban Water Systems under Uncertain Changing Climate Scenarios, National Science Foundation EPSCoR – Integrative Science Project.

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