Kristin B. Dobbin

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2125A Wickson

Kristin (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in the Graduate Group 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 looking at the ways that California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is both a challenge and opportunity for the state's Environmental Justice and 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. 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:

  • Water Governance
  • Environmental Justice
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Political Ecology
  • Common Pool Resources and Community Based Natural Resource Management
  • Integrated Regional Water Management
  • Community Based Participatory Research/Participatory Action Research
  • Quantitative methods and multivariate analysis 
  • Qualitative methods
  • Feminist methods