Tess Doeffinger

Assistant Professor


  • DPhil Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, 2020
  • MSc Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, 2011

Research Areas

  • Water security
  • Coastal adaptation
  • Decision making
  • Sustainable development


Tess is an Assistant Professor, and her research is situated at the intersection of the coastal zone and the built environment and strives to understand how adaptation decisions are being made. She is also interested in water security across scales, which was the topic of her doctoral dissertation. Over the last several years, she has consulted for the World Bank on topics ranging from water security to urban resilience. Tess received her PhD in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford. She has a B.S. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a M.S. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where she focused on sustainable design and the built environment. Prior to starting her PhD, Tess worked as a Construction Administrator and Sustainability Coordinator for an architecture and engineering firm in her home state of West Virginia. She holds a LEED AP, BD+C certification, and Engineering in Training (EIT) certification.

Selected Publications

  • Ferguson, S., Van Ledden, M., Rubinyi, S., Campos, A., and Doeffinger, T. 2023. “Urban Flood Risk Handbook: Assessing Risk and Identifying Interventions.” Washington, DC: World Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/40141.
  • Doeffinger, T. and Rubinyi, S. 2023. Secondary benefits of urban flood protection. Journal of Environmental Management326. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116617.
  • Doeffinger, T. and Hall, J.W. 2021. Assessing water security across scales: A case study of the United States. Applied Geography134. doi.org/10.2166/wp.2020.235.
  • Doeffinger, T., Borgomeo, E., Young, W.J., Sadoff, C., & Hall, J. W. 2020. A diagnostic dashboard to evaluate country water security. Water Policy22 (5). doi.org/10.2166/wp.2020.235.
  • Doeffinger, T. & Hall, J.W. 2020. Water stress and productivity: An empirical analysis of trends and drivers. Water Resources Research, 56. doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025925.