Assistant Professor

Urban Observatory Project

Katherine Lieberknecht is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She researches urban water resources planning, metropolitan-scaled green infrastructure planning, and food systems of metropolitan areas. Dr. Lieberknecht teaches courses on urban agriculture systems, water resources planning, urban ecology, and participatory methods. She has published articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Hydrology, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, and book chapters published by Yale Press and SpringerNature. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked in the private land conservation field. 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. Dr. Lieberknecht currently serves as chair of Planet Texas 2050, The University of Texas at Austin's first grand challenge research program and faculty lead for the Texas Metro Observatory, a Planet Texas 2050 research project.


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


Lieberknecht, K. (2019) “Water and EcoWisdom,” in EcoWise: Theory and Practice, Bo Yang and Robert Young, editors. London: Springer Nature. 10.1007/978-981-13-0571-9_7

Young, R. F., & Lieberknecht, K. (2018). From smart cities to wise cities: ecological wisdom as a basis for sustainable urban development. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-18.

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
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