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Affiliation: 
Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Department: 
Environmental Studies
Expertise: 
environmental policy

Biography

Robert C. Wilkinson is a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program, and the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Wilkinson's teaching, research, and consulting focus on water policy, climate change, and environmental policy issues. Dr. Wilkinson advises various government agencies on water policy, climate research, and policy issues. He currently serves on the public advisory committee for California's State Water Plan and he represents the University of California on the Governor's Task Force on Desalination. He also advises the California Energy Commission on climate research, and for the past five years he has served as coordinator for the climate impacts assessment of the California Region for the US Global Change Research Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Wilkinson is also a Senior Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute, and he is a founding member of the California Environmental Dialogue and a founding participant in the Aspen Institute's The Environment in the 21st Century. He consults for corporations, governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and internationally. In 1990, Dr. Wilkinson established and directed the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy at the Central European University based in Budapest, Hungary. He has worked extensively in Western Europe and in every country of Central Europe from Albania through the Baltic States and throughout the former Soviet Union including Siberia and Central Asia. He has also worked in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, and China.