Annette Huber-Lee

Senior Scientist


Somerville, MA
annette.huber-lee@sei-us.org
+1 (617) 300-0644

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

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The Cost of Covering Costs: A Nationwide Model for Water Pricing

Water Economics and Policy, online 13 July 2016

Author(s): Reznik, A. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Joyce, B. ; Feinerman, E.: Finkelshtain, I.; Kan, I.; Fisher, F.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description:

This report finds optimal aggregated desalination in Israel is just 33% of the present capacity, suggesting construction of desalination facilities could have been delayed.


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Intermittent Domestic Water Supply: A Critical Review and Analysis of Causal-Consequential Pathways

Water 2016, 8(7), 274

Author(s): Galaitsi, S. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Russell, R.; Bishara, A.; Durant, J.L.; Bogle, J.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description:

This paper analyses the causes of intermittent domestic water supply, identifying 47 conditions that both lead to and develop from water intermittency, and the causal-consequential pathways between them. It proposes three categories of intermittency — predictable, irregular, and unreliable.


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Using water insecurity to predict domestic water demand in the Palestinian West Bank

Water International, 40(4), 614-634

Author(s): Galaitsi, S. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Vogel, R.M.; Naumova, E.N.
Year: 2015

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description: Household interviews were conducted in the Palestinian West Bank to examine the relationship between price elasticity, water insecurity and domestic water demand. Water insecurity weights were defined and quantified for each household for use in a multivariate regression model. The model demonstrated that (1) a water insecurity variable improves the ability to estimate price elasticity and that (2) increased water insecurity leads to higher levels of household water demand. The findings suggest that policy-makers can influence domestic water demand by addressing the supply constraints that underlie domestic water insecurity.
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The SEI Initiative on the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

SEI fact sheet

Author(s): Huber-Lee, A. ; Kemp-Benedict, E.; Gill, T.
Year: 2015

Research Area(s): Water Resources ; Energy Modeling

Description: The new SEI Initiative on the Water, Energy and Food Nexus investigates cross sector links between water, energy, and food to support those who govern and manage these systems to work together to meet human aspirations sustainably. Resource scarcity and climate change pose formidable challenges, and robust evidence-based methodologies built on the nexus framework and applied jointly with stakeholders can be valuable tools in efforts to meet them. The initiative will apply analytical tools and analysis in a set of case studies to be of real use to decision-makers and managers in the areas of water, energy, food production and ecosystems.
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SEI Research Synthesis: The water-energy-food nexus

SEI Research Synthesis Brief, Managing Environmental Systems theme

Author(s): Davis, M. ; Huber-Lee, A. ; Purkey, D. ; Hoff, H.
Year: 2014

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description: 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.
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