Christopher Williams

Williams, Christopher 

Research Fellow, Wheeler Water Institute
Phone: (510) 642-7235 

Christopher Williams is a Research Fellow with the Wheeler Water Institute at CLEE. His research focusses on policy and financing strategies to overcome some of California’s most pressing hydrological challenges, including climate change-related sea level rise adaptation and wastewater and drinking water treatment technology adoption.

Christopher’s past publications have focused on sustainable land use planning strategies in California and China. Before law school, Christopher worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Research Fellow focusing on environmental law and policy implementation in China. At Berkeley Law, Christopher served as Managing Editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly and Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC). After graduating U.C. Berkeley with a J.D. and an M.A. from the Energy and Resources Group, Christopher worked for the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. Subsequently, Christopher worked with the U.C. Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research on documenting sustainable land use planning best practices for California cities and counties. After a short foray into the bourgeoning startup industry in the San Francisco Bay Area with a concept of his own, Christopher returned to academia, first at the U.C. Hastings Startup Legal Garage and now at the Wheeler Institute.

J.D., Berkeley Law (2011)
M.A., U.C. Berkeley Energy and Resources Group (2011)
M.A., U.C.L.A. East Asian Studies (2007)
B.A., U.C.L.A. East Asian Humanities and International Development Studies (2007)