Christa M Brelsford

Christa Brelsford Headshot 2010

Christa M Brelsford

Liane Russell Fellow


Christa Brelsford is the Liane B. Russell Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Geographic Information Science and Technology group.  Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. She obtained her Ph.D. from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University in 2014 for research on the determinants of residential water demand. Christa’s core research goal is to develop empirical methods to understand interactions between human and physical systems, especially in an urban context.  She uses empirical methods like spatial analysis, network analysis, and remote sensing to explore the shape and topology of cities and neighborhoods. Christa’s research has been applied to problems of water demand, water institutions, and informal settlement upgrading.

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Brelsford C., T. Martin and LMA. Bettencourt. Optimal Re-blocking as a Practical Tool for Neighborhood Development. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, Jun. 2017. doi:10.1177/2399808317712715

Brelsford C., J. Lobo, J. Hand, LMA. Bettencourt.  The Heterogeneity and Scale of Sustainable Development in Cities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science May 2017 p. 201606033 doi:10.1073/pnas.1606033114

Brelsford, C., and J. Abbott. “Growing into Water Conservation? Decomposing the Drivers of Reduced Water Consumption in Las Vegas, NV.” Ecological Economics 133 (March 2017): 99–110. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.10.012.

Brelsford, C., Water management is a wicked problem, but not an unsolvable one. Christian Science Monitor  July 13th, 2016

Bettencourt, LMA., and C. Brelsford. “Industrial Ecology: The View From Complex Systems: Industrial Ecology: The View From Complex Systems.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 19 (2): 195–97. 2015. doi:10.1111/jiec.12243.

 Lu, X., and C. Brelsford. Network Structure and Community Evolution on Twitter: Human Behavior Change in Response to the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.  Nature Scientific Reports, 4. 2014 doi: 10.1038/srep06773

Brelsford, C., and D. Shepherd. “Using Mixture-Tuned Match Filtering to Measure Changes in Subpixel Vegetation Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.” Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 8 (1): 083660. 2014 doi:10.1117/1.JRS.8.083660.