Emeritus Professor

IEES Affiliate

(805) 569-2590

Bren Hall 4426

Bren School Profile


Environmental Policy, Water and Watershed Policy, Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Environment

Faculty in Bren School of Environmental Science and Management


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara


Dr. Robert Wilkinson advises government agencies, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and foundations on water policy and environmental issues. He currently serves on the public advisory committee for California's State Water Plan, and he has represented the University of California on the Governor's Task Force on Desalination. He has advised the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on climate research, and has served as coordinator for the climate impacts assessment of the California Region for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Robert Wilkinson’s research and teaching is focused on water and energy policy, climate change, and issues of environmental policy.


Five most significant articles or books:

Kenney, Douglas S., and Robert Wilkinson (editors). In press. The Water-Energy Nexus in the Western United States.  Lead chapter, Wilkinson, Robert C., “The Water–Energy Nexus: Methodologies, Challenges, and Opportunities” Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Wilkinson, Robert C. and William R. Freudenburg, Editors, 2008. Equity and the Environment. (Edited Volume).  Introductory chapter: “Equity and the Environment: A pressing Need and a New Step Forward”, Freudenburg, William R., and Robert C. Wilkinson, Volume 15 in the Research in Social Problems and Public Policy Series, Elsevier.

Wilkinson, Robert C., 2002. Preparing for a Changing Climate: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for California, The California Regional Assessment, Report of the California Regional Assessment Group for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Center for Geographic Information Analysis, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara. (Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.) Available at:

Wilkinson, Robert C., 2000. Methodology For Analysis of The Energy Intensity of California’s Water Systems, and an Assessment of Multiple Potential Benefits Through Integrated Water-Energy Efficiency Measures, Exploratory Research Project, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, California Institute for Energy Efficiency.

Garrison, Noah, Robert C. Wilkinson, Richard Horner, 2009. A Clear Blue Future: How Greening California Cities Can Address Water Resources and Climate Challenges in the 21st Century, Natural Resources Defense Council and Water Policy Program, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.


**ESM 225: Water Policy
ESM 241: Environmental Politics and Policy

**Elective course for IEES