University of Maryland, College Park
Watch Mr. Ketabchy on the “Inside Iran: Economic, Social & Environmental Challenges” panel at The Iran Conference, here.
Mehdi Ketabchy is a PhD student and researcher in water and environmental engineering at Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Maryland, College Park, USA. His research interests are focused on evaluating complex social ecological systems, anthropogenic impacts on water resources, and water governance in an uncertain future. He received his second M.S. degree in Biological System Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2017, received his first M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2013, and graduated with his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Mazandaran, Babol, Iran in 2010. In his latest paper, he discusses how a systematic transition towards a democratic, non-ideological, decentralized, and economically diverse political governance should be considered as a necessary – and not sufficient – step to mitigate the impacts of water bankruptcy in Iran. He also works as an engineering consultant working on improving green infrastructures and water resources resilience and adaptation given local and global anthropogenic impacts. Mr. Ketabchy serves as an editor on the editorial board of the Journal of Water Management Modeling (JWMM) and is a writer for the quarterly Persian language journal “Fereydoun”.