HWISE Scholar Highlight – Dr. Cassandra Workman

Dr. Cassandra Workman is this month’s HWISE Scholar Highlight.

Dr. Cassandra L. Workman is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a core member of the Global Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH) Cluster at North Carolina State University. She serves as a steering committee member for the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN). Dr. Workman served as Site PI for HWISE in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Dr. Workman’s research concerns the biological, social, and psycho-emotional outcomes of household water and food insecurity. Workman’s previous research included the psycho-emotional and social impacts of syndemic water insecurity, food insecurity and HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. Recent research assessed household water and sanitation insecurity in Tanzania, with a focus on cultural understandings of diarrheal diseases and child health. With colleagues from NC State and ECU, Dr. Workman is developing a project exploring environmental and health hazards faced by communities in Eastern North Carolina.

She draws on theory and method from several disciplines including anthropology, geography, and public health. In addition to conducting scholarly research, Dr. Workman has worked in international development for donor organizations and implementing partners in Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Sudan. She specializes in monitoring and evaluation and social science research for food and water security projects.

Recent Publications:

Workman, Cassandra L. (2019) “Ebbs and flows of authority: Water resource management, decentralization and development in Lesotho.” Water. 11(184); https://doi.org/10.3390/w11020184

Workman, Cassandra L. (2019) “Perceptions of Drinking Water Cleanliness and Health Seeking Behaviours: A Qualitative Assessment of Household Water Safety in Lesotho, Africa.” Global Public Health. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1566483.

Brewis, Alexandra, Asher Rosinger, Amber Wutich, Ellis Adams, Lee Cronk, Amber Pearson, Cassandra Workman, Sera Young, and the HWISE Consortium. (2018) “Water Sharing, reciprocity, and need: A comparative study of inter-household water transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Economic Anthropology. DOI:10.1002/sea2.12143

Wutich, Amber, Jessica Budds, Wendy Jepson, Leila Harris, Ellis Adams, Alexandra Brewis, Lee Cronk, Christine DeMyers, Kenneth Maes, Tennille Marley, Joshua Miller, Amber Pearson, Asher Rosinger, Roseanne Schuster, Justin Stoller, Chad Staddon, Polly Wiessner, Cassandra Workman and Sera Young. (2018) “Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Water 5: e1309. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1309

Cairns, Maryann R., Cassandra L. Workman, and Indrakshi Tandon. (2017) “Gender Mainstreaming and Water Development Projects: Analyzing unexpected outcomes in Bolivia, Lesotho, and India.”  Gender, Place & Culture 24(3): 325-342. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1314945

Workman, Cassandra L. and Heather Ureksoy. (2017) “Water Insecurity in a Syndemic Context: Understanding the Psycho-Emotional Stress of Water Insecurity in Lesotho, Africa.”  Social Science & Medicine 179:52-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.02.026

For more information and a list of her current research projects, visit her website at https://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/clworkma.