I am a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability (IRES), Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and International WaTERS Graduate Fellow. In my doctoral research, I study water governance, inequality and resilience in urban contexts, using a political ecology lens. I study the nascent challenges to urban water governance under changing precipitation patterns, extreme flow events, and droughts. I am interested in the ways climate change affects both water resources and existing water governance frameworks. I also examine critical approaches to resilience, evaluating the various ways in which resilience thinking is reshaping urban water governance under climate change.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and an Master of Arts (MA) degree in Resource Management and Environmental Studies. I did my MA at IRES with Dr. Leila Harris, working on water governance and the human right to water in South Africa. I have experience with water development projects in the Nepalese Himalayas, focused on building irrigation canals and shaping strategies for future community development projects. My research interests also include water ethics, international development and transformative water governance. I am a member of the EDGES research collaborative, Program on Water Governance, and the Water Ethics Network.