Plenary 1: “Megatrends” and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute

Robert Engelman is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental think tank in Washington, D.C., where he served as president from 2011 to 2014. He currently directs the Institute’s Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment, an evaluation of recently published peer-reviewed scientific articles on connections among family planning, population and the environment. A former journalist who for many years covered science, health and the environment, Engelman was founding secretary of the U.S. Society of Environmental Journalists and has been on the teaching faculty of Yale University. In 1977 and 1978 he reported from Latin America supported by a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. In 1981 he was among a team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for the Kansas City Star and Times for local reporting. Engelman’s research-oriented writing today focuses on demographic aspects of such critical environmental issues as climate change, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss. His research papers have appeared in Nature, Conservation Biology and other journals, and he has written for the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and the Washington Post. His book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want won the Population Institute’s Global Media Award for reporting.

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