I study urban water resilience and environmental governance. Broadly, I am interested in urban water governance in relation to sustainability and resilience debates. My current research interests include water resilience to climate change impacts—with a focus on natural infrastructure and water management—and evidence-driven policy-making. I have a PhD in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (2018) from the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability. In my doctoral work I studied the intersection of water governance, resilience and environmental justice in urban contexts using multiple qualitative and quantitative methodologies and a case study from Cape Town, South Africa. I also have a Master of Arts degree in Resource Management and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. In my Master’s research I studied water governance and the human right to water in South Africa. In addition, I have also worked on 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 and transformative water governance.
In addition to my research, from 2013 to 2017 I was involved with the Water Ethics Network as an outreach coordinator, helping to develop strategies to promote awareness about water ethics and co-chairing the Water Future’s Water Ethics Working Group. I also sat on the Steering Committee of the International Development Research Network, a graduate student-driven network of scholars and practitioners in international development, based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. More recently, I co-founded the Environmental Change and Transformations Network (ECTN). Before starting my Master’s, I was involved in a water development project in the Nepalese Himalayas, focused on building irrigation canals and shaping strategies for future community development projects.
I speak English, Bulgarian and Russian (fluent), Spanish (advanced), and am currently learning French. I have taken advanced training in the use of NVivo software for qualitative data analysis, as well as quantitative data analysis with STATA, SPSS and R. I have extensive training and experience with facilitation, teaching and project management.
Currently, I work as a Policy Analyst at Infrastructure Canada (Government of Canada), working on resilient water, stormwater and wastewater management and natural infrastructure.