Penn Global China Program
Scott Moore is a political scientist whose research focuses on environmental politics and policy reform, especially climate change, water resources, and ocean issues. Moore is currently a Young Professional with the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice, where he helps lead institutional reform and capacity-building efforts with the Bank’s client countries. He co-authored a flagship World Bank report on water and climate change (High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy) and is currently leading a high-level study on water governance reform requested by the Chinese government.
Previously, Moore served as environment, science, technology, and health officer for China at the U.S. Department of State through a Council on Foreign Relations International affairs fellowship. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing and coordinating all aspects of U.S.-China environmental cooperation, and worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as ocean conservation and civil space cooperation. Before joining State, he was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he focused on water scarcity in China.
Moore's research and commentary has appeared in a variety of leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Nature, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. Scott holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton. He is a Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes scholar.