Kristin B. Dobbin

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2125A Wickson

Kristin is a second-year doctoral student in Ecology interested in understanding the role of governance in both creating and solving drinking water disparities in California. For her dissertation research, Kristin is considering the ways that regional collaborative water management is both a challenge and an opportunity for the state's EJ/Human Right to Water agenda. Prior to coming to Davis, Kristin served as Regional Water Management Coordinator at Community Water Center in Visalia. She holds a degree in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College. Kristin is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2017-2022), Fulbright Fellow (2013-2014) and Udall Scholar (2012).

Current projects:

  1. Who is left out of California's groundwater reform?: Small Disadvantaged Community participation in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
  2. We the Community Water Managers: Building a vision for rural drinking water governance in California from the bottom-up

Research interests and methodologies:

  • Water Governance
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Drinking Water Management
  • The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Integrated Regional Water Management
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Political Ecology
  • Mixed methods