Alaina Bur

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Alaina Bur

Biography:

My research focuses on how individuals, communities, and governments access and manage natural resources. I am particularly interested in how an individual’s positionality, such as their gender, class, and ethnicity, affects their ability to access and control water resources in sub-Saharan Africa. Before coming to MSU, I evaluated the effect of borehole-drilling initiatives on women’s water insecurity in semi-arid western Kenya. Since arriving at MSU, I have continued to conduct research in the same region, expanding the scope of my work by interviewing a variety of stakeholders involved in regional water management, as well as those who manage the forests that serve as water catchment areas. I am also pursuing a dual major in Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC).

Research Areas: Environment, gender, development, and African studies
Curriculum Vitae: Download
Associated Programs: ESPP