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Annette Huber-Lee is a senior scientist who focuses on water resource management and policy. She returned to SEI-US in May after serving as director of SEI Asia, in Bangkok, from mid-2012 until February 2013. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in international and domestic planning and management of environmental and water resources.
Annette focuses on the integration of economic, engineering, and ecological approaches to solve environmental and social problems in a comprehensive and sustainable manner, as well as the development of innovative approaches to environmental policy and natural resource conflict management.
She has also served as a research assistant professor and lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. From 2006 to 2008, she served as science leader and theme leader for the Challenge Program on Water and Food and the International Food Policy Research Institute in, Washington, DC. From 2001 to 2006, she directed the Water Program at SEI-US in Boston.
She has a Ph.D. in engineering sciences from Harvard University, an M.S. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in agricultural engineering from Cornell University.
Recent Publications by Annette Huber-Lee
SEI Research Synthesis Brief, Managing Environmental Systems themeAuthor(s): Davis, M. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Purkey, D. ; Hoff, H.
Research Area(s): Water ResourcesDescription: SEI's expertise in land, air and water systems has provided fertile ground for interdisciplinary research. Some of our most promising work in this regard has focused on the water-energy-food nexus, a topic that is deeply relevant to sustainable development planning and policy. The nexus approach, which grew out of systems analysis, recognizes that water, energy and food are closely linked, through global and local water, carbon and energy cycles. All three are also essential resources, but billions of people have limited access to them; and all three are under pressure from supply constraints and rapidly growing demand. This brief, part of a series synthesizing SEI research from 2009 to 2013, presents four key insights from our work, an overview of major projects and publications, and a look at new and ongoing work as well as future research pathways.
Environmental Research Letters 8(3), 035046Author(s): Averyt, K. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Meldrum, J.; Caldwell, P.; Sun, G.; McNulty, S.; Madden, N.
Research Area(s): Water ResourcesDescription: This article assesses current stress in the freshwater system based on the best available data in order to understand possible risks and vulnerabilities to regional water resources and the sectors dependent on freshwater. The authors present watershed-scale measures of surface water supply stress for the coterminous United States, using the water supply stress index (WaSSI) model which considers regional trends in both water supply and demand. A snapshot of contemporary annual water demand is compared against different water supply regimes, including current average supplies, current extreme-year supplies, and projected future average surface water flows under a changing climate. In addition, the authors investigate the contributions of different water demand sectors to current water stress.
Technological Forecasting and Social Change 80(4), 762-771Author(s): Dermawana, A. ; Kemp-Benedict, E. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Fencl, A.
Research Area(s): Sustainable FuturesDescription: This article presents a participatory method for constructing cross-scale scenario logics, which applies when different locales are embedded within a common higher-level scenario. Smallholder tree plantations are seen as promising routes to alleviating poverty and increasing forest area among the countries in Southeast Asia. However, implementation has been disappointing, which led scientists at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to consider a scenario exercise as a way to mitigate the risk of unwanted outcomes. The authors chose an explicitly multi-scale approach, and applied the method during two scenario workshops held to explore the use of smallholder tree plantations in efforts to improve rural livelihoods; each workshop considered two different localities. From these experiences, they discuss and critique the method.