CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Urban Water Provisioning Systems and Household Water Security in Northeast Brazil
- Household Water Insecurity on the US-Mexico Border
Past research documented and explained the complex economic and political processes that caused agricultural expansion and land-cover change in the Brazilian Cerrado (1998-2005), the world’s most biodiverse tropical savanna. I also have studied the rise of wind-energy systems and local communities in West Texas (2008-2011).
- U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2016-2017, Brazil
- National Science Foundation, “Urban Water Provisioning Systems and Household Water Security” (Geography and Spatial Science 2016-2019)
- National Science Foundation, “Household Water Security in Low-Income, Rural and Peri-Urban Communities in South Texas” (#0924232, Geography and Spatial Science, 9/2009-2/2013)
- Wind Energy Initiative, “Socio-Economic Impacts of Wind Energy,” subcontract with NextEra Energy Resources/TCU, with Christian Brannstrom (TAMU), 1/09-12/11
- Glasscock Stipendiary Fellowship, “On the Poverty of Water: Discourses of Water Scarcity and Poverty in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas,” Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, 9/2008-9/2009
COMMUNITIES IN RESEARCH
I strive to include communities and stakeholders in the research process. I have drawn from the basic principles of community-based participatory research in terms of engagement and interaction. I have yet to achieve the optimal level of participation, but I continually strive to incorporate various community-level perspectives in my work. Community health workers have played a particularly important role in the research on the US-Mexico border (below). I have learned how integral they are as bridges between communities, agencies, and academics.