I am a feminist geographer researching human-environment interactions, specifically investigating the human dimensions of water. I am interested in waterscapes and how they are modified, reified and used by people and in turn, how local and indigenous communities, adapt their norms and customs in the face of climate change. I have also researched that role that migration and conflict play in (mal)adapting to water insecurity. I have conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Ecuador,Venezuela and Appalachia in the USA.
My ethical standpoint as a feminist geographer is grounded on the importance of participatory and decolonizing research methodologies, which demand the sharing of research results with participating communities. Accordingly, I have disseminated my research in different formats e.g. workshops with research participants and booklets in local languages.
I serve as Coordinating Lead Author of the 2021 6th United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report. I am leading the chapter on Water in the 2nd Working Group on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation.
I am also interested in the neoliberal turn of the academia and its consequences for early- career female faculty and researchers. I am a member of the International Geographical Union Gender Commission Steering Committee.
My complete CV is available here
Past and ongoing projects include:
- "Towards the Appalachian Storage Hub. An analysis of economic, social and environmental consequences of gas extraction and distribution. " Thanks to funding received by the Heinz Foundation Sustainability Program and the West Virginia University Humanities Center I investigate how local communities in the tri-state area have been affected economically, socially and environmentally by the development of gas and oil pipelines related to the planned Appalachian Storage Hub. The data gathered will be shared with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), a major environmental NGO in the tri-state area, to support advocacy among citizens and policy makers.
- "Impaired waters, impaired bodies. Gendered embodied resistance extractivism. A transnational perspective." By examining the predominant role that women have played and are playing in the watershed movement in West Virginia, this project explored the embodied dimensions of water pollution caused by extractivism in the form of coal mining and hydraulic fracturing. In collaboration with Dr. Sofia Zaragocin, at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, I explored the transnational gendered embodied dimensions of extractivism with a comparison between WV and Ecuador and guest edited a special issue in Human Geography.
- "East African Hydropatriarchies: An analysis of changing waterscapes in smallholder irrigation farming.” As part of my dissertation, I analyzed how climate change adaptation is gendered and how landscape was being changed to adapt in the context of smallholder irrigation farming in Kenya and Tanzania.
Full publications list available here
CV available here
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