Ray Quay

  • Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Decision Center for a Desert City
Arizona State University
PO Box 878209
Tempe, AZ 85287-8209
Email: Ray.Quay@asu.edu


Ray Quay is currently a Research Professional with the Decision Center for a Desert City project in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University where he is involved in research on water resources, climate change, urban heat island, regional growth policy issues and scenario analysis.  Previously he was the Assistant Director of Water Services for the City of Phoenix and also served as the Assistant Director of Planning for Phoenix, the Assistant Director of Planning for Arlington Texas, the Director of planning for Galveston Texas, and a research associate at the Rice Center in Houston Texas.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has authored numerous books and articles related to urban planning and water resources including coauthoring Master Change with Bruce McClendon,  editor of The Greater Phoenix Regional Atlas: A Preview of the Region’s 50 Year Future, and recently “Managing Water Resources, The Central Issue for Sustaining Life” in Understanding Sustainable Cities, “Anticipatory Governance: A Tool for Climate Change Adaptation” and co-authoring of Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, a Master of Science degree from University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Environmental Planning and Design at Arizona State University.


water resource management; climate change adaptation; water resource planning; growth management


    PhD, Environmental Design and Planning, Arizona State University, 2011

    MS, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas, 1978

    BS, Biology and Environmental Studies, Baylor University, 1976

Journal Articles


Gober, P., K. L. Larson, R. Quay, C. Polsky, H. Chang and V. Shandas. 2013. Why land planners and water managers don't talk to one another and why they should!. Society and Natural Resources 26(3):356-364. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2012.713448.

Quay, R., K. L. Larson and D. D. White. 2013. Enhancing water sustainability through university-policy collaborations: Experiences and lessons from researchers and decision-makers. Water Resources IMPACT 15(2):17-19.


Quay, R. 2012. Viewpoint: The brave new world of scenario planning. Planning 78(9):52.

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McClendon, B., M. Birch and R. Quay. 2013. Customer Service.Gov: Technology Tools and Customer Service Principles for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Government. Citygate Press. Folsom, California.


Holway, J. M., C. J. Gabbe, F. Hebbert, J. Lally, R. Matthews and R. Quay. 2012. Opening access to scenario planning tools. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Cambridge, MA.


McClendon, B. W. and R. Quay. 1988. Mastering Change: Winning strategies for Effective Urban Planning. American Planning Association (Planners Press).

Book Chapters

In Press

Gober, P., D. D. White, R. Quay, D. A. Sampson and C. W. Kirkwood. In Press. Socio-hydrology modelling for an uncertain future, with examples from the USA and Canada. In: Riddick, A. T., H. Kessler and J. R. Giles eds., Integrated Environmental Modelling to Solve Real World Problems: Methods, Vision and Challenges. Vol 408. The Geological Society of London. DOI: 10.1144/SP408.2. (link)


Quay, R. 2012. Managing water resources: The central issue for sustaining life. Pp. 87-106 In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Quay, R. and P. Gober. 2011. A cautionary note for Sun Corridor water planners. Pp. 18 Watering the Sun Corridor: Managing Choices in Arizona's Megapoliton Area. Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University.

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Sampson, D. A., R. Quay, D. D. White and P. Gober. 2014. WaterSim: A brief history. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Sampson, D. A., R. Quay, D. D. White and P. Gober. 2014. WaterSim: a brief history. Poster presented at the Water Resources Research Center 2014 Annual Conference: Closing the Gap Between Water Supply and Demand, April 8, 2014, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Umaretiya, A., S. Waters and R. Quay. 2014. Calculating gallons of water saved by implementing low-water use practices in Maricopa County. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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Quay, R. 2014. Exploratory scenario planning and emerging tools. Presentation at the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Conference, April 26-30, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

Quay, R., G. M. Garfin, F. Dominguez, C. A. Woodhouse, K. K. Hirschboeck and Z. Guido. 2014. Climate change extreme events: Meeting the information needs of water resource managers. Presentation at the Conference on Hydrology, American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

Quay, R. and D. A. Sampson. 2014. Anticipatory water management in Phoenix using advanced scenario analyses: Watersim 5. Presentation at the AZ Water Association’s 87th Annual Conference & Exposition: Public Investment in Water for a Strong Economy and Healthy Communities, May 7-9, 2014, Glendale, AZ.

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Middel, A., R. Quay and D. D. White. 2013. Water reuse in central Arizona. Technical Report 13-01.

Thesis (PHD)


Quay, R. 2011. Advanced scenario analysis: Tools for enhancing social resiliency - evaluating advanced scenario analysis in regional growth visioning. Arizona State University. PhD Dissertation defended November 16, 2011. Committee members David Pijawka (chair), Ralph (Rick) Shangraw, and Jim Holway. (link)

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