Khara Grieger

Senior Environmental Research Scientist

Khara Grieger


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • MSc, Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • MS, Plant Biology and Ecology, with an additional degree in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University
  • BS, Zoology, Michigan State University, Graduated with High Honors
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Dr. Khara Grieger is a senior environmental research scientist with the Health and Environmental Risk Analysis Program and a recent Duke University Scholar. She is an internationally recognized expert with more than a decade of experience in research related to understanding potential impacts of emerging technologies on health, the environment, and society.

Currently, she is working on diverse projects that promote the sustainable innovation of emerging technologies. As co-principal investigator on the joint RTI–North Carolina State University “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology” project, Dr. Grieger leads research on sustainable nanomaterial innovation in water treatment technologies. She also serves as the RTI technical lead and project manager for the caLIBRAte project, a large European consortium focused on risk governance of nanomaterials. Dr. Grieger is also leading sustainability efforts on an RTI-funded project focused on sustainability of biogas production utilizing swine wastes. In addition, she is working with colleagues at Duke University, leading governance initiatives focused on the use of geoengineering to confront impacts from global climate change.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. Grieger has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts on potential impacts of emerging technologies, decision-support, governance, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability. She has also received numerous recent awards, including the Collaborative Research Award by the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (2018), HOT paper selection for her recent publication in Environmental Science: Nano (2018), Duke-RTI Scholars Program awardee (“Developing Robust Strategies to Address Emerging Risks and Building Resilience” (2017-2018), RTI’s authors awards for highly published (2013, 2015-2017) and highly cited (2014, 2017), and an early career author award (2013). Her book chapter “Nanomaterials in the Environment” was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers State-of-the-Art Civil Engineering Award (2017), and she has won numerous other awards by scientific organizations for her work, including awards by the Society for Risk Analysis, American Geophysical Union, and Integ-Risk European project.