Nicholas Chow

Researcher (based at the University of Oxford)


Twitter: @thenextnickchow

Nicholas Chow is a water engineering and policy expert pursuing his Ph.D. on global infrastructure resilience to climate hazards. While encompassing other infrastructure sectors like energy, transport, and communication, his work at the University of Oxford focuses on water system strategy, governance, policy, and regulation.

Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Nicholas worked as a water engineering project manager for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation on the interaction between water and energy systems and facets of the Human Right to Water. Nicholas strives to build on the OneWater principles of developing healthier and more sustainable water management practices—environmentally, economically and socially.

As a water resource and environmental engineer by training, Nicholas is especially equipped to integrate technical understanding and experience into his research, as well as translate these into applied forms. Nicholas has worked with universities across the country as well as with organizations such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His research in biogeochemistry and oceanography culminated in a recent publication in the peer-reviewed journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Prior to working for the Luskin Center for Innovation, Nicholas earned his M.S. degree from UCLA in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus in water. He also holds a B.A. in geology with a focus in chemistry from Whitman College in Washington state.