Rob Krueger, associate professor of geography in the Social Science Policy Studies Department, was recently named the Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences. An internationally recognized scholar in the field of urban sustainability, Krueger is uniquely positioned in his new role as he has experience working to advance two major campus initiatives – developing WPI’s visibility and opportunities around water issues and broadening the activities of the Switzerland Hub.
He served as the Director for the Worcester Community Project Center for more than a decade, leveraging the Center’s work to raise more than $700,000 for an endowment. In addition to his Project Center work, Krueger has dozens of publications, including a book, The Sustainable Development Paradox. Based on his research record, Krueger has been asked to speak at the European Union in Brussels and to participate as an expert in EU funded projects. Krueger was recently appointed as Guest Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg.
Krueger is already busy in this new role. He, along with six faculty members and a graduate student, traveled to Israel last month to explore research collaborations. The group spent a week visiting five universities in the region. While the general focus of the visit was on establishing new and strengthening existing collaborations, some members of the team focused on establishing connections for WPI’s new Water Research Center. These included contacts at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as well as Friends of the Earth Middle East, an NGO working on cross-border water policy issues affecting Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.
In his reflections, he states that the “trip was productive in terms of external collaborations, gaining a better understanding of a volatile region, and bringing faculty together who have a lot in common but don’t often have a chance to converse. It’s these trips that bring us together so that we can learn about each other, our work, and our potential collaborations.”