Megan Konar is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She conducts policy-relevant research that focuses on the intersection of water, food, and trade. Dr. Konar’s research is interdisciplinary, drawing from hydrology, environmental science, and economics.
To conduct this research, she applies a range of quantitative tools, such as modeling, network analysis, and econometrics. Dr. Konar’s research is motivated by questions such as: How do commodity exchanges link water and food systems? How will climate and socio-economic shocks impact food trade and its associated embodied water resources? What policy options will best improve water and food security?
Ruess, P.J. & Konar, M. (2019) Grain and virtual water storage capacity in the United States. Water Resources Research, 55. Find it here
Dang, Q. & Konar, M. (2018) Trade openness and domestic water use, Water Resources Research, 54, 4-18. Find it here
Marston, L., Ao, Y., Konar, M., Mekonnen, M.M. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2018) High-resolution water footprints of production of the United States, Water Resources Research, 54: 2288-2316. Find it here
Chini, C.M, Konar, M. & Stillwell, A.S. (2017) Direct and indirect urban water footprints of the United States, Water Resources Research, 53(1): 316-327. Find it here
Marston, L., & M. Konar (2017) Drought impacts to water footprints and virtual water transfers of the Central Valley of California, Water Resources Research, 53(7): 5756-5773. Find it here
Dang Q, Lin X & Konar M (2015) Agricultural virtual water flows within the United States. Water Resources Research, 51(2): 973-986 Find it here
Jackson, N., Konar, M. and Hoekstra, A.Y. (2015) The water footprint of food aid, Sustainability, 7(6): 6435-6456. Find it here