Faculty Profile


  • B.S., Stanford University
  • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Emily Grubert studies how we can make better decisions about large infrastructure systems, with a particular focus on societal priorities and energy and water systems in the US. Her major methods include life cycle assessment and interview and survey research. Grubert is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.


  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Socioenvironmental assessment
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Energy-water nexus
  • Societal prioritization


  • 2017 Reviewer of the Year, Environmental Research Letters
  • 2014-2017, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow


  • Peer, R., E. Grubert, and K. Sanders. A Regional Assessment of the Water Embedded in the US Electricity System. 2019. Environmental Research Letters. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab2daa.
  • Grubert, E. and A. Brandt. 2019. Three Considerations for Modeling Natural Gas System Methane Emissions in Life Cycle Assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.096
  • Grubert, E. and K. Sanders. 2018. Water Use in the United States Energy System: A National Assessment and Unit Process Inventory of Water Consumption and Withdrawals. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00139
  • Grubert, E. 2018. The Eagle Ford and Bakken Shale Regions of the United States: A Comparative Case Study. The Extractive Industries and Society. DOI: 10.1016/j.exis.2018.09.011
  • Grubert, E. 2018. Relational Values in Environmental Assessment: The Social Context of Environmental Impact. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.020
  • “The Water-Energy Nexus: Water Use for Energy Systems.” October 2018. Data Science for Sustainability Meetup. San Francisco, CA.
  • “Water-Energy Nexus in the West.” September 2018. Energy Policy Research Conference. Boise, ID.
  • “Developing Social Elements of Life Cycle Assessment.” May 2018. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • “Socioenvironmental priorities and experiences in the Eagle Ford and Bakken Shale regions of the United States: A comparative case study.” June 2018. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • “The Need for a Preference-Based Multicriteria Prioritization Framework in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment.” February 2018. American Center for Life Cycle Assessment and the International Society for Industrial Ecology. LCSA Webinar Series.