Edward Spang

Edward Spang

Edward Spang, Ph.D.

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Food Science and Technology

2166 Robert Mondavi Institute - North


Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

B.A., Dartmouth College


Dr. Spang’s research focuses on characterizing and optimizing the efficiency of linked water, energy, and food resource systems. He is particularly interested in applying methodologies for measuring and monitoring these systems and their interrelationships in high-resolution and across multiple scales, both geographic and temporal. He further seeks to understand the influence of external markets, technological innovation and policies on this integrated food-water-energy nexus. His recent publications explore mapping energy flows through water infrastructure, enhancing the conservation signal and stability of water rates, and estimating worldwide water consumption for energy production.

Dr. Spang also serves as the Associate Director at the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at UC Davis. The Center aims to research, develop, and disseminate efficient technologies and effective policy for integrated water and energy conservation.

Selected Publications

Spang, E., F. Loge, W. Abernathy, D. Dove, C. Tseng, and M. Williams (2015) Implementing Consumption-Based Fixed Rates in Davis, Calif. Journal of the American Water Works Association (JAWWA). Denver: CO. 107:7. July 2015.

Spang, E. S. and Loge, F. J. (2015), A High-Resolution Approach to Mapping Energy Flows through Water Infrastructure Systems. Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi: 10.1111/jiec.12240

Spang, E., S. Miller and F. Loge (2015) Consumption-Based Fixed Rates: Harmonizing Water Conservation and Revenue Stability. Journal of the American Water Works Association (JAWWA). Denver: CO. 107:3. March 2015.

Spang, E., W. Moomaw, K. Gallagher, P. Kirshen, and D. Marks (2014) Water Consumption for Energy Production: An International Comparison. Environmental Research Letters. 9 105002.

Spang, E., W. Moomaw, K. Gallagher, P. Kirshen, and D. Marks (2014) Multiple Metrics for Quantifying the Intensity of Water Consumption for Energy Production. Environmental Research Letters. 9 105003.

Spang, E. (2006) “The Potential for Wind-Powered Desalination in Water-Scarce Countries” in Pulido Bosch, A., and M. Perez Garcia (eds.), Communications to the International Conference on Renewable Energy & Water Technologies, Vol. I: WRE 80-85, Almeria, Spain.