David Groenfeldt

An anthropologist, David received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Arizona, based on field research on irrigation in India. His career has focused on water, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and 13 years in Washington, DC working with consulting firms and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. More recently, David has focused on environmental and cultural aspects of water policies. His work as director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association (2006 to 2009) highlighted the role of community values in driving water policies. He established the Water-Culture Institute in 2009 to promote the integration of values and ethics into water policies and practices. These concepts are detailed in his 2013 book, Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis (Routledge). David is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.


Water Rights 2016/2017




Santa Fe, NM USA