Kristin B. Dobbin

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Position Title
PhD Candidate

2125A Wickson

Kristin (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology interested in understanding the role of governance in creating, perpetuating and solving drinking water disparities in California. For her dissertation research, Kristin is looking at challenges and opportunities associated with California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) for Environmental Justice and the Human Right to Water. Prior to coming to Davis, Kristin served as Regional Water Management Coordinator at Community Water Center in Visalia. She has a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College. Kristin is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2017-2022), Switzer Environmental Fellow (2020), Fulbright Fellow (2013-2014) and Udall Scholar (2012).

Current projects:

  1. Collaborative Governance and Environmental Justice: Small Disadvantaged Community Participation in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in California

  2. Governance and inequality in California's drinking water system (With Dr. Amanda Fencl)

  3. We the Community Water Managers: Building a vision for rural drinking water governance in California from the bottom-up

Research interests and methodologies:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Water Resources
  • Governance and Institutions
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Political Ecology
  • Common Pool Resources and Community Based Natural Resource Management
  • Inequality and Rurality
  • Policy Process
  • Community Based Participatory Research/Participatory Action Research
  • Public scholarship, scholar activism and land grant universities 
  • Quantitative methods and multivariate analysis 
  • Feminist methods