Assistant Professor

Urban Observatory Project

Katherine Lieberknecht is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research areas include urban water resources planning, metropolitan-scaled green infrastructure planning, and food systems of metropolitan areas.

Dr. Lieberknecht currently teaches courses on urban agriculture systems, water resources planning, and urban ecology and has taught courses on land conservation, non-profit management and property rights. She has published academic articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Hydrology, and the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, chapters in books published by Yale Press and SpringerNature, and professional reports focused on land conservation, sustainable economic development, and neighborhood sustainability planning. Prior to joining the UT Austin faculty, she worked as a planner in private practice in Oregon and as staff member at the Finger Lakes Land Trust in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary, a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.


  • B.S., Biology: College of William and Mary
  • Master of Environmnetal Management: Yale University
  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning: Cornell University


 Lieberknecht, K. (2018) “Water and EcoWisdom,” in EcoWise: Theory and Practice, Bo Yang and Robert Young, editors. London: Springer Nature (forthcoming, March 2018).

Young, R., M. Oden, K. Lieberknecht, B. Muller, R. Balder, S. Richter, and T. Osdoba.  (2017) The Santa Cruz Project: Internal development report to the municipality of Santa Cruz, Madeira Island.

Lieberknecht, K. (2016) Texas CityLab 2015-2016 Final Report: Leander, Texas. Center for Sustainable Development, The University of Texas at Austin.

Lieberknecht, K. (2015) Texas CityLab 2014-2015 Final Report: The University of Texas at Austin, Campus Planning & Project Management. Center for Sustainable Development, The University of Texas at Austin.

Young, R., J. Zanders, K. Lieberknecht & E. Fassman-Beck (2014) A comprehensive typology for mainstreaming urban green infrastructure. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 2571-2583.

Lieberknecht, K. (2009) Public Access to U.S. Conservation Land Trust Properties: Results from a National Survey. Journal of the American Planning Association, 75(4): 479-491.

Lieberknecht, K., J. Papazian, and A. McQuay (2000) Balancing Conservation and Economics: The Development of an Ecotourism Plan for Panama. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 8:107-126.

Lieberknecht, K. (2000) “The Barton Springs Salamander Controversy,” in Foundations of Natural Resources Policy and Management, Timothy Clark and Andy Willard, editors. New Haven: Yale University Press. 149-172.

  • environmental planning and equity
  • metropolitan-scaled green infrastructure planning
  • urban water resources planning
  • metropolitan food systems
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