Alaina Bur

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Alaina Bur

Biography:

I am a first year PhD student in the sociology department and an ESPP fellow. I am interested in the question of how African communities can acquire, secure, and collectively manage clean water resources in the coming years. Previously, I received a bachelor's degree in sociology, with minors in African studies, French, and International Relations at Oakland University. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I performed monitoring and evaluation research for a local NGO's borehole-drilling initiative in rural Kenya, specifically evaluating the effects of a community borehole installation on women's health perceptions, productivity, and subjective well-being. More recently, I have studied the efficacy of the local committees that are responsible for the long-term management of these boreholes. I hope to continue my research on sustainable collective management of water resources in Africa as I pursue my PhD at MSU.

Research Areas: Environment
Associated Programs: ESPP