Dr. Derek Kauneckis

( Desert Research Institute )

  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: division of earth and ecosystem sciences (dees)
  • Research Fields: Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Data Science
  • Disciplines: Economics, Social Sciences
  • Funding:DHHS - Department of Health and Human Services, DoE - Department of Energy, DRI - Desert Research Institute, EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NSF - National Science Foundation, Private Industry, USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture, USFS - U.S. Forest Service, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


Dr. Kauneckis has extensive experience mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.


Dr. Derek Kauneckis is an affiliated associate research faculty in the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute and associate professor of environmental studies at Ohio University. His research focuses on regional environmental governance, how people interact with environmental resources, and the emergence of cooperative institutions. He has examined behavioral and institutional components of resilience planning, climate policy networks, and the role of technology in the science/policy interface. His research has been published in the Journal of Coastal Management, Simulation & Gaming, Environmental Management, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, among others. Dr. Kauneckis currently serves as an Advisory Committee Member for the Department of Homeland Security’s Resilient Investment Planning and Development Working Group, and leads the Advisory Group on Professional Education for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). Dr. Kauneckis’ research has been sponsored by Fulbright, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).