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David Feldman

David Feldman

DCDC External Advisory Committee member

Department of Planning, Policy and Design
University of California, Irvine
202 Social Ecology I
Irvine, CA 92697


  • DCDC External Advisory Committee member


David Feldman serves on the External Advisory Committee for Decision Center for a Desert City. Dr. Feldman is former Chair of the Department of Planning, Policy and Design and currently Professor, Planning, Policy & Design and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He also serves as director of Water UCI, a campus-wide interschool initiative engaged in collaborative research with scholars in Israel, Australia, Western Europe, and the American West; educational programs in collaboration with local public schools; and outreach with regional water agencies and decision-makers in Southern California. He specializes in water resources management and policy, global climate change policy, ethics and environmental decisions, adaptive management and sustainable development. His current research is focused on the sources of value conflicts over allocation and distribution of water, and the difficulties in achieving institutional reform to promote equity in water management in the U.S. and elsewhere. His most recent publications include Water Politics: Governing our most precious resource (Polity Books, 2017) and the Water-Sustainable City: Science, Politics, and Practice (Edward Elgar, 2017).  Dr. Feldman earned his Ph.D. (with distinction) and M.A in Political Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He graduated magna cum laude with a Political Science and English from Kent State University, Ohio.



Beller-Simms, N., H. Ingram, D. L. Feldman, N. Mantua, K. L. Jacobs and A. M. Waple. 2008. Decision-support experiments and evaluations using seasonal-to-interannual forecasts and observational data: A focus on water resources. Final Report, Synthesis and Assessment Product 5.3. NOAA’s Climatic Change Data Center.