Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie has a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and American Studies from the University of Kansas and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa. Currently, Scott works at the International Water Resources Association in Montpellier France.

Scott’s research and writing focuses how contending notions of scale and regulation affect water policy (within the water-energy-food nexus). His work considers the relationship between the natural environment, human development, and law.

His work has appeared in a number of publications including the Georgia State Law Review, the Indiana Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems journal, and a chapter in Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations.

Previously, Scott has worked as a development agent for the United States Peace Corps in Morocco, in the Cairo office of the Near East Foundation, and as a private practice lawyer in New Orleans.

In his free time Scott enjoys cooking, bike riding, and watching his way though a very long queue of movies.

Contact Scott at scott.obrien.mckenzie (@) gmail.com. Twitter @scottmckenzie80

Post Archive

29 November 2013
Scott McKenzie examines the legal framework between host states and international relief agencies that is preventing the provision of water to refugees.   Refugee camps are…
05 February 2013
Citizens of Zimbabwe’s major cities do not have enough clean water. This results in outbreaks of cholera, diarrhea, and other illnesses. Many people state that the water…
29 December 2012
The political ramifications of the Arab Spring in Egypt have been showered with attention. Less analysis has focused on how the new government is addressing the logistics and…
19 November 2012
South Africa’s constitutional protection for the human right to water is an example of how  human rights can be connected directly to national laws and public policy.…
16 October 2012
World Food Day is October 16th. Most of us will celebrate by eating a filling (and if we choose, healthy) meal. But, World Food Day is a chance for those of us who have much, to…
03 September 2012
Recent blackouts across India should serve as a wake-up call for its leaders to invest in their energy infrastructure. This is an opportunity. India is in the position to forgo…
02 August 2012
The first quantitative map to review Africa’s considerable groundwater reserves was recently published, and with restrainted management it promises to be a game changer for…
31 May 2012
The trees in my town have finally come back to their full summer green glory.  New Orleans is gradually replacing the trees lost from Hurricane Katrina, and it is wonderful…
27 March 2012
The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster has dominated headlines in the United States for almost two years now. In that time, the coverage has shifted from investigating the causes of…
05 December 2011
  This article about Egypt has been in a constant state of revision due to the recent developments related to the just completed elections.  As I write this, the first…
28 October 2011
  Gaddafi is dead and his son Saif al-Islam is on the run.  There are lingering questions about the circumstances of Muammar’s death, and even more about Saif…
16 August 2011
  By now, I think most readers are aware that there is a devastating famine in Somalia. Again.  Each day, a new wave of numbers paints a bleaker picture of conditions…
20 May 2011
The media often portrays American foreign policy in Africa as having only one viewpoint.  This is far from true.  Recent accounts illustrate how politicians can have…
04 April 2011
Like many, I have been ingesting news about the democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa at a tremendous rate.  Everyone has news sources that they consider…
18 February 2011
  Bread is a classic symbol of revolution.  From the French revolution in 1789, to the ousting of Ben Ali in Tunisia in January 2011, it endures as totem of the high…