Philip Womble

Philip Womble


Philip is a PhD Candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Philip specializes in U.S. water policy, water markets, and markets for freshwater ecosystem services. He is also an attorney, having received his JD from Stanford Law School in 2016. Philip’s research couples his formal training in hydrology and law with approaches from economics, ecology, and operations research. His current work studies environmental, social, and economic aspects of sustainable water management in the western U.S. by 1) developing conservation planning tools to improve ecological outcomes of environmental water rights trading in the Colorado River Basin; 2) evaluating Native American tribes’ groundwater access via water rights in the 17 western states; and 3) quantifying non-water transaction costs to trade water rights with and without legal change in Colorado. Philip’s professional experience includes policy analysis in Washington, D.C., assisting a Special Master with interstate water litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, working for a private water law firm representing major water users, and arguing in court on behalf of non-profit conservation organizations.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Stanford University, PhD
Current Position:
Ph.D candidate
Environmental Policy & Law
Natural Resource Management
Water Resources

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