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Ruth Langridge


Continuing Lecturer, Associate Researcher


Social Sciences Division

  • Legal Studies/Politics Department
  • Politics Department

Continuing Lecturer, Associate Researcher

Drought Reserves Project

Crown College, Room 228

Merrill Faculty Services

1156 High Street
Santa Cruz California 95064

University of California, Berkeley
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)

Oregon State University
College of Forestry, Department of Forest Resources.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Drought, Groundwater and Climate Change
Water Law and Policy
Natural Resources Law and Policy
Water Governance
Native American Natural Resources Law and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy
Property and Natural Resources

My research centers on water law and policy, natural resources law and policy, environmental governance and institutional change. Current research focuses on water supply security and climate change, drought management, groundwater policy, water governance, linkages between access to water and resilience to water scarcity, and habitat protection and the law.

California Water Law and Policy
Natural Resources Law and Policy
Environmental Law
Environmental Governance

Participant, California's Third Assessment on Climate Change
California Department of Water Resources Climate Change Technical Advisory Committee 2012 – 2015
PI - California Energy Commission Research Grant 2010 (UCSC)
PI - NOAA Research Grants 2010 and 2013 (UCSC)
Water Resources Center Grant 2007 (UCSC)
Faculty Fellowship Award 2003 (UCSC)
Baker Bidwell Fellowship 2002 (UCB)
Water Resources Center Research Grant 2000 (UCB)
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award 2003 (UCB)

  • # Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2012, Panel chair and presenter, “Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Managing Groundwater to Increase Drought Resilience”
  • # Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Robert Paine Scripps Forum, 2011, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Extreme Events in California in the Context of a Changing Climate: New Scientific Findings, “Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in California: Why Technical Solutions Are Not Enough,” Susi Moser, with Stephanie Pincetl, Ruth Langridge, Julia Ekstrom, Amy Luers
  • # Groundwater Resources Association, 2011, Presenter, “Legal hurdles to developing local groundwater drought reserves."
  • # American Geophysical Union, 2010, Climate Change and Water Supply Security,” Invited Presenter.
  • # California Studies Association, 2008, Panelist-Presenter “Access to Water and Social Resilience”
  • # Association of American Geographers, 2007, Presenter “Access to Water and Social Resilience”
  • # NOAA Webinar Series: Climate Information for Managing Risks In Water Resources, 2013, “Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Managing Groundwater to Increase Drought Resilience”
  • # State Water Resources Control Board Water Quality Coordinating Committee, 2013, Sacramento, CaliforniaState Water Resources Control Board Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Sacramento, CA
  • # California State Board of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, CA, 2013, “Governing Groundwater”

  • LGST/POLI 132 California Water Law and Policy
  • LGST 196 Senior Capstone
  • LGST 159 Property
  • LGST 131 Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • ENVS/LGST 149 Environmental Law and Policy
  • POLI 174 Global Environmental Politics
  • LGST 134 - Seminar in Property Rights and Natural resources

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