Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Latin America

As part of an NSF IRES grant (2011-2014, PI Karl Linden, University of Colorado), I worked with several amazing teams of CU-Boulder graduate students and Peruvian students investigating factors that increase the use and resilience of drinking water and sanitation infrastructure. From this work, I have two working papers. The first is an effort to understand variation in use of rural water systems. The second is a policy evaluation of ecological sanitation in peri-urban contexts. I recently expanded this research to better understand the shifting governance context for rural water services throughout Peru, conducting field work in Lima, the Arequipa region and the Loreto region.

I have recently expanded my work to look at Latin American rural water systems comparatively. This involves a project to study the new law regulating rural water systems in Chile, a study assessing rural water systems in the Dry Corridor of Honduras, and field work studying how mayors in Bolivia manage rural water services.

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The effect of Civil Society and NGOs on citizen-Government relations

As part of my work in Iquitos, Peru, I investigated the impact of NGOs on the ways citizen think about and interact with governments. This work, originally developed for my dissertation, is forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies. I am currently developing the research further to look at the effects of decentralization policies and national policies regulating NGOs on local NGO-government relationships. I am further working on a project to understand the relationships between mayors and civil society organizations that participate in Vigilance Committees in the Bolivian context.

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Energy Access in Somalia

As part of my work with the One Earth Future Foundation, I researched energy access and opportunities for renewable energy alternatives in Somalia. This work led to a request to participate in the UNIDO Small HydroPower Report 2019, in which I worked with One Earth Future Foundation scholars, Victor Owuor and Sierra Method to review Somalia in a multi-country study.

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