In many cities in the Global South, when something is thrown away, it is recovered by another who sees value in it and then sells the material to someone else. I am interested in studying how these informal networks work, and comparing them to more formalized recycling systems.
California is both a prolific producer of waste and an implementer of innovative environmental policies. This project looks at alternative waste management scenarios for California’s organic waste.
In much of the world, clean, piped water does not flow into homes, nor is it expected to anytime soon. Household-based water treatment technologies, or "point-of-use" (POU) technologies are being touted as a potential solution for reaching the 1 billion people without access to clean water. My master’s work explored barriers to the adoption of POUs in the Global South.