Household Water Insecurity Research: Advancing SDG 6 and the Global Water Agenda

About the Talk

How can an emerging research agenda on household water insecurity support interdisciplinary efforts that advance SDG6 and the global water agenda? What does this offer, or extend in terms of theory and application? Dr Jepson address these questions through empirical cases, some developed from ongoing projects on household water insecurity in Brazil’s semi-arid Northeast region, where she has been working since 2015.  Dr Jepson concludes with reflections on frontiers, challenges, and opportunities – returning (but probably not resolving) the tensions at this intersection of critical work, social scientific inquiry, and the operating space of science-policy dialogues supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wendy Jepson holds a University Professorship in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University where she has been on faculty since receiving her Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 2003. Since 2016, Dr. Jepson has been a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza (Brazil). Her research addresses contemporary debates in political ecology, human-environment interactions, and water security and governance. Dr. Jepson leads several research projects and institutional initiatives on water security.  Dr. Jepson was a recent Fulbright Scholar (2016-2017) and AAAS Leshner Fellow for Public Engagement (2018-2019).  She also is a recipient of several National Science Foundation grants that focus on water security – examining different aspects of water insecurity in south Texas colonias and urban Brazil.  Dr. Jepson leads the NSF-funded Household Water Insecurity Experiences – Research Coordination Network (HWISE-RCN), an international community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to advance research and work in the interdisciplinary field of water insecurity.  Dr. Jepson also is the principal investigator for a $1.5M Texas A&M University Presidential Excellence Grant, “Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security: Desalination and Water Reuse.” She has generated over $3 million in grants and awards as lead PI from NSF, private sources, and internal awards to support her research agenda.

Visit Dr Jepson’s website here.


Feb 17 2020


17:00 - 18:30


Herbertson Room
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford


Anna Murgatroyd
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