I am a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability. I hold SSHRC's Doctoral-CGS Award, and I am a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and International WaTERS Graduate Fellow. In my doctoral research, I study the intersection of water governance, resilience and environmental justice in urban contexts. I study the nascent challenges to urban water governance in the face of global environmental change and their implications for transformation in the urban water sector. I engage critically with resilience, evaluating the various ways in which resilience thinking is reshaping urban water governance across different scales. I have also worked on the Human Right to Water in two case studies – informal settlements in South Africa and the San and Bakgalagadi peoples in Botswana. Currently, I am a member of the EDGES research collaborative and the Program on Water Governance
In addition to my research, I 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 am fluent in Bulgarian, Russian and Spanish. 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.