Kate Brauman is the Lead Scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Kate also leads IonE’s impact goal on achieving safe water for all Minnesotans.
Brauman’s research integrates hydrology and land use with economics and policy to better understand how water use by people affects the environment and our ability to live well in it. Through projects as diverse as payments for watershed services, global variation in “crop per drop”, and worldwide trends in water consumption and availability, Brauman works with the Global Water Initiative to find sustainable solutions to pressing water issues.
Kate was a Coordinating Lead Author for the global assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and a Lead Author for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Synthesis Report on the State of the Environment. Brauman was a 2018 AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow for Public Engagement in their food and water cohort and is a 2020 AAAS Science Technology Policy Fellow.