I research environmental governance, with a focus on water resources in the context of global change. I am particularly interested in how adaptation to hydro-climatic change is influenced by
• Institutional structure and policy integration
• Socio-political-cultural lenses used in interpreting information
• Decision making and action under uncertainty
My research is itself a form of boundary work, and I am especially interested in connecting those who produce knowledge with stakeholders, policy makers, and government agencies, as my overall objective is inform the production of more ‘usable’ knowledge (sensu Lemos & Rood 2010) and thus to bring about more effective adaptation.
Key concepts I study include: environmental governance; climate change adaptation; transboundary water; energy-water nexus; coupled-human environmental systems; collaborative governance; decision-making under uncertainty; environmental policy integration; integrated water resources management;
I am an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECO) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. ECO is an interdisciplinary program that conducts research and teaching on the physical, social, and policy aspects of the environment. At the undergraduate level, I teach courses for the Environmental Science major. At the graduate level, I am involved in the Human Dimension and Environmental Policy and the Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds concentrations as well as with the new Master’s in Sustainability. I am on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters and a research fellow with the Earth Systems Governance Project.
Prior to joining ECO, I was Senior Research Associate with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom. I earned a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Eng from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the EU, the NSF, UC-MEXUS, Udall Foundation, and the Soroptimist Foundation.