Alaina Bur

Alaina  Bur
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • MA Sociology, Michigan State University, 2018
  • BA Sociology, Oakland University, 2016


Alaina Bur


Alaina’s research focuses on how individuals, communities, and governments access and manage natural resources. She is 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, Alaina evaluated the effect of borehole-drilling initiatives on women’s water insecurity in semi-arid western Kenya. Since arriving at MSU, she has continued to conduct research in the same region, expanding the scope of her 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. Alaina is also pursuing a dual major in Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC).


  • Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP)
  • Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC)