Welcome to WEFI
We research the three most important resources on Earth: Water, Energy, and Food, as well as economic, environmental, and social aspects of their availability, distribution, decision-making, and policy design.
Our research and teaching are proudly supported by the National Science Foundation (Oklahoma EPSCoR Program), US Geological Survey, European Comission, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).
Our research encompasses, among others, economic and sustainability evaluations of water, energy, and food resources, sustainable water management, socio-economic analyses of drought, geospatial and spatio-temporal evaluations of water resources, sustainability of biofuels and other renewable energies, economics of food waste, as well as economic benefits provided by weather monitoring and the Oklahoma Mesonet.
GEOG 4970/5970 – OU Presidential Dream Course
‘Water for a Thirsty World’
GEOG 4970/5970 – Natural Resource Economics
GEOG 5253 – Economics of Sustainability
GEOG 5143 – Ecosystem Services
GEOG 3563 – Geography of Natural Resources
GEOG 3890 – Honors class
GEOG 4990 – Independent Study
GEOG 4953 – Capstone class
Our team consists of graduate and undergraduate students as well as postdoctoral reserachers with interest in natural resources and environmental economics, sustainability, geography, and meteorology. We are working on a variety of real-life reserach projects to improve sustainable use of natural resources and help optimize decision-making processes.
Are you passionate about environment and would you like to make a change in your community?
We encourage you to join our team!
Our publications address a multitude of intertwined environmental issues regarding water, energy, and food resources, and their sustainability. Our students are active with presenting their research at conferences, professional meetings, and strive to publish their results in scientific peer-reviewed journals.