Douglas Kenney

Office: Wolf Law 322J

Affiliated Departments

Colorado Law

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute

Research Interests

Water resources policy, law and management; reform of natural resources institutions; impacts of population growth and climate change on western US natural resources; collaborative problem-solving.


Ph.D. 1993 University of Arizona


Doug Kenney is Director of the Western Water Policy Program, located within the University of Colorado Law School in the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment.  He has written extensively on several water-related issues, including law and policy reform, river basin and watershed-level planning, climate change adaptation, and water resource economics.  Among his publications are In Search of Sustainable Water Management: International Lessons for the American West and Beyond (2005, Edward Elgar Publishing) andThe Water-Energy Nexus in the Western United States (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing).  He is also affiliated with the CU/NOAA Western Water Assessment (exploring the link between climate change/variability and western US water management).  Dr. Kenney has served as a consultant to a variety of local, state, multi-state, and federal agencies, and has made presentations in 20 states (and the District of Columbia), 7 nations, and 4 continents.  He has a B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resource Studies from the University of Arizona.