Charles Wight

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisor: Dr Dustin Garrick

Scarcity and Scale: Designing Water Markets for People and the Environment

Academic Profile

Charles Wight is a DPhil student at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on understanding how water sharing mechanisms can maximize benefits to both the environment and people. His work draws on synergies from hydrology, governance, and economics.

Prior to Oxford, Charles was the lead freshwater scientist for the Global Water Markets team at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). At TNC he worked with local field units in water scarce areas in Latin America and the United States to develop projects and strategies aimed at delivering environmental benefits via water markets.

Charles holds a Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he developed an environmental vulnerability index to assess dam impacts in the Amazon basin. He also holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Philosophy, from The University of Texas at Austin.

As a consultant, Charles has worked for USAID, International Rivers, InfoAmazonia, and The Strauss Center for International Security and Law. His work has been published in Nature, World Development, and Environmental Research Letters.

Charles Wight
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment