Sharon B. Megdal

Sharon B. Megdal
Professor and Specialist, SWES
Director, Water Resources Research Center
Distinguished Outreach Professor
WRRC, 350 N. Campbell

University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center
PO Box 210437
350 N. Campbell
Tucson, Arizona 85721

Office Phone: 
(520) 621-9591
(520) 792-8518

A.B., Economics, Douglass College (Rutgers University)
M.A., Economics, Princeton University
Ph.D., Economics, Princeton University

2012 Leading Edge Researcher, award presented at University of Arizona Innovation Day, March 6, 2012.

University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award, 2010.

Arizona Capitol Times 2010 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy Award for Government. Award presented to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (Central Arizona Project) Board of Directors, Phoenix, AZ, September 28, 2010.

The Douglass Society, Induction September 2008. The Douglass Society recognizes Douglass College alumnae who have made outstanding contributions in their field of expertise and whose life work embodies exceptional accomplishments and leadership. Inducted for Distinction as an Economist and Water Resources Researcher, 2008

Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Business Honorary, 1984 Tucson YWCA Woman on the Move Award, 1989

Honorary Recognition Award, Soroptomist International of Desert Tucson, 1990

Named one of Valley’s Most Influential Business Leaders for contributions to transportation, The Business Journal, Phoenix, October 2000.

Outstanding Person of the Year, Tucson Chapter of Women in Transportation Seminar, 2000 Board Leadership Award, Tucson Hebrew Academy, 2003-2004

Who’s Who in America

Who’s Who of American Women Who’s Who in the West

Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America Outstanding Young Women in America

International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women

Princeton University Fellowship, 1974–1978 Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1976–1978

N.J. Urban Economics and State and Local Finance Fellowship, 1976–1978 Richard D. Irwin Foundation Fellowship, 1977–78

University of Arizona Current Appointments

Director, Water Resources Research Center, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,7/2004-.

C.W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Science, March 2008 - .

University Distinguished Outreach Professor, December 2010 -.

Director, University of Arizona TRIF Water Sustainability Program, June 2007- .

Co-Director, University of Arizona TRIF Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions (New Umbrella program for the TRIF Water Sustainability Program), July 2011-.

Professor/Specialist, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, primary academic departmental affiliation as of July 2012, 11/2006- .

Professor/Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, primary academic departmental affiliation, 2/2002-6/2012. Professor, Courtesy Appointment, 7/2012-.

Lady Davis Visiting Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, March 2012.

Professor, School of Government and Public Policy, (Courtesy Appointment.), 7/2005- (previously the School of Public Policy and Administration).

Professor, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona (Courtesy Appointment), 11/2006- (previously the Department of Geography and Regional Development).

Professor, Planning Degree Program, University of Arizona (Courtesy Appointment), College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 11/2006-.

Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, (Courtesy Appointment), 9/2009-.

Professor, Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, (Courtesy Appointment), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fall 2011 -.

Professor, James E. Rogers College of Law (Courtesy Appointment), Fall 2011-. Member, Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, 10/2006-. Faculty Affiliate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, January 2010-.

Faculty Member, Institute of the Environment (previously Institute for the Study of Planet Earth).

for more work expericence and additional information on Dr Megdal please view her CV.

Sharon B. Megdal is Director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and C.W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her work focuses on water resources management and policy, on which she writes and frequently speaks. She also holds the titles Professor, Department Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, and Distinguished Outreach Professor. She serves as Director of the Water Sustainability Program and Co-Director of The University of Arizona Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions Program, both of which are funded by the Technology Research Initiative Fund (TRIF).

Dr. Megdal places particular emphasis on how to achieve desired policy objectives in terms of institutional structures and possible changes to them.  Current projects include: comparative evaluation of water management, policy, and governance in growing, water-scarce regions; meeting the water needs of the environment; groundwater management and governance, water pricing; and transboundary aquifer assessment.  Her edited volume, Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, (co-edited by Robert G. Varady and Susanna Eden, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, in coop. with UNESCO-IHE, 2013) was recently released. 

Dr. Megdal teaches the multi-disciplinary graduate course Arizona Water Policy. As an elected member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors, she is responsible for the policies, rates and taxes associated with delivering Colorado River water through the Central Arizona Project.  Dr. Megdal has served on numerous state boards and commissions, including the Arizona Corporation Commission, the State Transportation Board and the Arizona Medical Board.  She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

A complete list of Dr. Megdal's publications can be found on her cv. The cv can be found at the end of the faculty "overview" section of this page or on the WRRC directors page

“Arizona/Sonora Section of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program, James Callegary, Sharon B. Megdal, Christopher A. Scott, and Prescott L. Vandervoet, in Alley, W.M., ed., 2013, Five-year interim report of the United States-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program: 2007–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Open- File Report 2013–1059, 31 p. (Available at pp. 5-18.

“The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study: A Call to Action,” Arizona Water Resource, Winter 2013.

“Water Planning for Growing Southwestern Communities,” Sharon B. Megdal and Joanna Nadeau, in Design with the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development, Edited by Richard Malloy, John Brock, Anthony Floyd, Margaret Livingston, and Robert H. Webb, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK, 2013, 269-285.

“Achieving water policy objectives through water pricing: A case study of Arizona’s decentralized approach to water provision,” Sharon Megdal and Jorge Lara Alvarez, in Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli- Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, Edited by Sharon B. Megdal, Robert G. Varady, and Susanna Eden, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, in coop. with UNESCO-IHE, 2013, pp 105-116.

Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges, Edited by Sharon

B. Megdal, Robert G. Varady, and Susanna Eden, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, in coop. with UNESCO- IHE, 2013, 320pp. Preface by Sharon B. Megdal, Robert G. Varady and Susanna Eden, pp. xi-xiii.

Introduction by Susanna Eden, Robert G. Varaday, Sharon B. Megdal and Jenna Cleveland, pp. 1-4. Concluding insights by Robert G. Varady, Susanna Eden and Sharon B. Megdal, pp. 275-276.

“Israel Water Management Program Provides Rich Learning Experience,” Arizona Water Resource, Fall 2012. “Arizona Groundwater Management,” The Water Report, Issue # 104, October 2012, Eugene, Oregon.

“Better Understanding Needed of Link Between Water Conservation and Rates,” Arizona Water Resource, Summer 2012.

“Grey Water Reuse for Agricultural Purposes in the Jordan Valley: Household Survey Results in DeirAlla,” Al- Mashaqbeh O.A., Ghrair A.M., Megdal S.B., Water, 2012; 4(3):580-596. Available:

“Arizona’s Experience a Model for Groundwater Governance,” Arizona Water Resource, Spring 2012.

“Arizona Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability,” Channah Rock, Chuck Graf, Christopher Scott, Jean E. McLain, and Sharon Megdal, Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication 1567, May 2012, The University of Arizona, Included in Appendix D, 2012 Guidelines for Water Reuse, United States Environmental Protection Agency, EAP/600/R-12/618, September 2012, 4 pp.

“The Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Water Provision in Arizona, USA,” Water International, March 2012, Vol. 37, No. 2, 156-168.

“Groundwater use and re-use in the transboundary Santa Cruz River basin,” World Water Development Report 4 (WWDR4), Volume 2, 528, March 2012.

“Climate change and population growth impacts on the transboundary Santa Cruz aquifer” Scott, C.A., S. Megdal,

L.A. Oroz, J. Callegary, P. Vandervoet, Climate Research 2012, Vol 51, 159-170.

“Testing the Waters: Tucson, Arizona, Links Water Conservation with Environmental Benefits,” Joanna B. Nadeau, Sharon B. Megdal, Candice Rupprecht, Brittany Choate, Emily Brott, Lisa Shipek, Journal of the American Water Works Association, February 2012, Vol 104, No.2.