Jonathan Chenoweth

Dr Jonathan Chenoweth

Senior Lecturer, Director of Learning and Teaching for Environment and Sustainability
BPD (Planning) Hons, Ph.D.
+44 (0)1483 689096
11 BA 02

Academic and research departments

Centre for Environment and Sustainability.



Jonathan Chenoweth completed his Ph.D at the University of Melbourne in 2000 on the institutional dimensions of water resources management before working as a researcher in the Middle East for two years. Since September 2002 he has worked as an academic in the Centre for Environmental Strategy focused upon water resources and environmental management. He researches on water policy and sustainable development in developed and developing regions, including in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Research interests

Current research interests include:

• Defining and measuring water scarcity.

• Adaptation of water resources management to the effects of climate change.

• Institutional and policy dimensions of water management in developed and developing countries.

• Role of the public versus private sector in the management of water and sanitation services.

• Consumer attitudes to water supply services and the water industry.

• Sustainable Development and trends in the development and use of indicators of sustainability; indicators of sustainable natural resources development, particularly sustainable water resources management

Research collaborations

Collaborative projects within the University of Surrey with Centre for Environmental Health Engineering and the School of Law.

External collaborations via the 3K-San project with the Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, Rwanda, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Makerere University, Uganda, and the Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development.

External collaborations via the SPREE project with the Jerusalem Institute for Israeli Studies, Ben-Gurion Unviersity of the Negev, Tel Aviv University, Lund University, Technical University of Delft, and University of Santiago de Compostela.


Dr. Chenoweth is the module leader of three CES modules:

  • Environmental Science and Society
  • Industrial Placement
  • MSc Dissertation

Departmental duties

Dr Chenoweth is the MSc Programme Director of the MSc in Environmental Strategy, the MSc in Corporate Environmnetal Management, the MSc in Sustainable Development, and co-programme director on the MSc in Sustainable Tourism.

Funded research projects

3K-SAN project:

The 3K-SAN project is developing and evaluating strategies for catalysing self-sustaining sanitation chains in low-income informal settlements in Kisumu (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda). Identification of commonalities and differences between these areas is being used to develop broader best-practice guidelines for comparable interventions in similar settlements throughout sub-Saharan Africa. This is a collaborative project involving the Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development, Kenya, Makerere University, Uganda, the Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, Rwanda together with the University of Surrey. The project is funded by SPALSH consortium / European Commission.


Servicizing policy for resource efficient economy (SPREE):

This is a European Commission funded project which is aiming to identify potential servicizing policies and simulate their effect on absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource use, while achieving societal benefits. The University of Surrey will be leading the water component of the project.

My publications


Hadjikakou, M., Chenoweth, J., Miller, G “Estimating the direct and indirect water use of tourism in the Eastern Mediterranean” Journal of Environmental Management, accepted subject to minor corrections.

Ayalew, M., Chenoweth, J., Malcolm, R., Mulugetta, Y, Okotto, L., Pedley, S. “Why regulate the independent water providers? A regulatory framework for privatized water vendors in Kenya and Ethiopia” Journal of Environmental Law, in press.

Chenoweth, J. “Key issues and trends in the water policy literature”, Water Policy, in press.

Bratanova, B., Capelos, T., Fife-Schaw, C., & Chenoweth, J. “Restoring Drinking Water Acceptance following a Water-borne Disease Outbreak: The Role of Trust, Risk Perception, and Communication”, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, in press.

Lelieveld, J., Hadjinicolaou, P., Kostopoulou, E., Chenoweth, J., Giannakopoulos, C., Hannides, C., Lange, M.A., El Maayar, M., Tanarhte, M., Tyrlis, E., & Xoplaki, E. 2012 “Climate change and impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East”, Climatic Change, 114(3-4), 667-687.

Chenoweth, J., Hadjinicolaou, P., Bruggeman, A., Lelieveld, J., Levin, Z., Lange, M.A., Xoplaki, E., Hadjikakou, M. 2011 “The impact of climate change on the water resources of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region: modeled 21st century changes and implications”, Water Resources Research, 47(4).

Chenoweth, J. 2011 “Will the water resources of Israel, Palestine and Jordan remain sufficient to permit economic and social development for the foreseeable future?” Water Policy, 13(3), 397-410.

Chenoweth, J., Barnett, J., Capelos, T., Fife-Schaw, C., & Kelay. T. 2010 “Comparison of Consumer Attitudes Between Cyprus and Latvia: An Evaluation of Effect of Setting on Consumer Preferences in the Water Industry”, Water Resources Management, 24(15), 4339-4358.

Ayalew, M., Malcolm, R., Okotto, L., Pedley, S., Chenoweth, J., & Mulugetta, Y. 2010 “The Regulatory Implications of the Right to Water: Small-Scale and Independent Water Providers in Ethiopia and Kenya”, OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 1(8), 43-63.

Milà i Canals, L., Chapagain, A., Orr, S., Chenoweth, J., Antón, A., & Clift, R. 2010 “Assessing Freshwater Use Impacts in LCA Part II: A case study of broccoli production in the UK and Spain”, International Journal of Life Cycle Analysis, 15(6), 598-607.

Norman, G. & Chenoweth, J. 2009 “Appropriateness of low-cost sewerage for African cities: a questionnaire survey of expert opinion” , Waterlines, 28(4), 311-326.

Milà i Canals, L., Chenoweth, J., Chapagain, A., Orr, S., Antón, A., & Clift, R. 2009 “Assessing Freshwater Use Impacts in LCA Part I: Inventory Modelling and Characterisation Factors for the Main Impact Pathways”, International Journal of Life Cycle Analysis, 14(1), 28-42.

Chenoweth, J. 2009 “Is tourism with a low impact on climate possible?” Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Trends, 1(3), 274-287. (This paper was selected as an Outstanding Paper at the Emerald Literati Network 2010 Awards for Excellence.)

Chenoweth, J. 2008 “Re-assessing the standard indicator of water scarcity”, Water International, 33(1), pp5-18.

Chenoweth, J. 2008 “Minimum water requirement for social and economic development”, Desalination, 229 (1-3), pp245-256.

Fife-Schaw, C., Barnett, J., Chenoweth, J., Morrison, G.M., & Lundehn, C. 2008 “Consumer trust and confidence: some recent ideas in the literature”, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 8(1), 43-48.