HWISE Scholar Highlight – Dr. Melissa Beresford

Dr. Melissa Beresford is this month’s HWISE Scholar Highlight.

Dr. Melissa Beresford is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Global Ethnohydrology Studyin the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Beginning in fall 2019, she will be an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at San José State University.

Dr. Beresford is an economic anthropologist focused on human responses to economic inequality and resource insecurity. Her research examines (1) community-based economies, (2) efforts to create alternative (hybrid/non-market) economies, and (3) how such economies can be used (or not) to address resource insecurity. Her doctoral research in Cape Town, South Africa examined how residents in under-resourced environments mobilize entrepreneurial practices to bring about economic transformation. Based on this research, she is currently developing a new project that examines how people rely upon and mobilize entrepreneurship in response to water insecurity.

In her role with the Global Ethnohydrology Study—led by Drs. Amber Wutich and Alexandra Brewis—Dr. Beresford is currently working with fellow HWISE member Dr. Katie Meehan of King’s College London to launch an international study in the summer of 2019 that examines household experiences of plumbing poverty in cross-cultural perspective. The aim of this project is to understand how people respond to and navigate inadequate water infrastructure in their homes and how such processes shape overall experiences of household water insecurity. 

Recent Publications:

Wutich, A., Beresford, M., & Carvajal, C. (2016). Can informal water vendors deliver on the promise of a human right to water? Results from Cochabamba, BoliviaWorld Development79, 14-24.

Wutich, A. and Beresford, M. The Economic Anthropology of Water. Economic Anthropology. Forthcoming June 2019.

Wutich, A. and Beresford, M. (Eds.). “Water and Economy” special issue of Economic Anthropology. Forthcoming June 2019.

For more information and a list of her current research projects, visit her website at https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/1625318 and on twitter @mhberesford.

HWISE-RCN Launches at AAG19

We are excited to announce HWISE events at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting from April 3-7, 2019 in Washington, DC. 

On April 4, we will have special sessions all day from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM in Balcony A, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

There will be five panels with the following themes: HWISE Data, Methodological Advances, Thematic Engagements, Research in Economically Advanced Countries, and Quantitative Approaches. Please look forward to the following presentations:

Progress in Household Water Insecurity Research 1: HWISE Data

  • “Development & Uses of a Validated Scale to Measure Household Water Insecurity Cross-Culturally” Dr. Sera Young (Northwestern University), Dr. Godfred Boateng (Harvard University), Dr. Zeina Jamaluddine (American University of Beirut), Joshua Miller (Northwestern University), Dr. Edward Frongillo (University of South Carolina) Dr. Torsten Neilands (UCSF), Shalean Collins (Northwestern University), Dr. Amber Wutich (Arizona State University), Dr. Wendy Jepson (Texas A&M University), Dr. Justin Stoler (University of Miami), HWISE Research Coordination Network, Northwestern University
  • “Water Sharing: A Global Response to Water Insecurity” Dr. Amber Wutich (Arizona State University), Dr. Alex Brewis (Arizona State University), Dr. Asher Rosinger (Penn State University)
  • “Household water insecurity, seasonality, and public health challenges in urban Mexico: A cross-sectional study in Torreon” Dr. Genny Carrillo (Texas A&M University School of Public Health), Dr. Wendy Jepson (Texas A&M University College of Geosciences), Dr. Javier Moran Martinez (Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila Unidad Torreon, Escuela de Medicina), Dr. Alejandra Lopez Guerrero (Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila Unidad Torreon, Escuela de Psicologia), Dr. Felipe Uribe Salas (El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Piedras Negras, Coahuila)
  • “Water Insecurity, Injustice, Gender and Tourism” Dr. Stroma Cole (University of the West of England-Bristol)
  • “Household water technology preferences as expressed in the HWISE data set” Dr. Chad Staddon (University of the West of England-Bristol)

Progress in Household Water Insecurity Research 2: Methodological Advances

  • “Water security and risks – Early findings from a ‘water diary’ study in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya” Dr. Sonia Hoque (Oxford University), Dr. Robert Hope (Oxford University)
  • “’But who are you thinking of giving these cameras to?’: Reflections on Photovoice to Research Household Water Insecurity in Urban Brazil” Flavia Bonolo Dantas (Texas A&M University), Dr. Wendy Jepson (Texas A&M University), Dr. Jader Santos (Universidade Federal do Ceará)
  • “Measuring empowerment in the water and sanitation sector: Concept mapping with stakeholders in Ghana and Burkina Faso” Dr. Elijah Bisung (Queen’s University), Dr. Sarah Dickin (Stockholm Environment Institute)
  • “Using Spatial Video to Analyze and Map Water Access Challenges in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” Dr. Sarah Smiley (Kent State University)
  • “Story-mapping Household Water Insecurity in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley” Olivia Molden (University of Oregon)

Progress in Household Water Insecurity Research 3: Thematic Engagements

  • “Gendered experiences of household water insecurity: practicing menstrual hygiene in the Low Income Areas of Lilongwe, Malawi” Dr. Cecilia Alda Vidal (University of Manchester)
  • “A critical ethnographic analysis of women’s demands for water amidst chronic water insecurity and hygiene behavior-change interventions in rural Amhara, Ethiopia” Yihenew Tesfayey (Oregon State University), Roza Abesha Feyisa (Independent Researcher), Mulat Woreta (Emory Ehtiopia), Dr. Matthew C. Freeman (Emory University), Dr. Kenneth Maes (Oregon State University)
  • “Water Operator Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Utility Performance and Household Access” Andrea Beck (MIT)
  • “Microbial and Trace Metal Analysis of Drinking Water in Lago Agrio, Ecuador” Claudia Dias-Combs “Syracuse University”
  • “Towards a comprehensive geography of sanitation: Using mixed-methods to explore place-making in Morogoro, Tanzania” Dr. Cassandra Workman (North Carolina State University)

Progress in Household Water Insecurity Research 4: Research in Economically Advanced Countries

  • “Indigenizing Water Security” Dr. Robert Patrick (University of Saskatchewan)
  • “The Flint Water Crisis and the Multiple Dimensions of Water Insecurity” Dr. Ben Pauli, (Kettering University)
  • “Drinking Water Access and Dynamics of Disenfranchisement” Dr. Jonathan London (ept of Human Ecology/ Community and Regional Development), Amanda Fencl (UC Davis), Mia Dawson (UC Davis), Peter Nguyen (UC Davis), Alfonso Aranda (UC Davis), Camille Pannu (Water Justice Clinic, UC Davis), Jennifer Jarin (UC Berkeley), Phoebe Seaton (Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability), Laurel Firestone (Community Water Center)
  • “The effects of state power on emotion, and of emotional power on the state: Negotiating water access in East Porterville” Dr. Michael Egge (Portland State University), Dr. Idowu Ajibade (Portland State University)

Progress in Household Water Insecurity Research 5: Quantitative Approaches

  • “Plumbing urban inequality in the United States: an exploration of spatial and social inequality in household water insecurity” Shiloh Deitz (King’s College London), Dr. Katie Meehan (King’s College London)
  • “Water Insecurity in Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area: analyzing the case of Campos Elíseos in Duque de Caxias municipality” Dr. Ana Britto (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Suyá Quintslr (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Dr. Cleonice Puggian (State University of Rio de Janeiro), Bianca Silva (Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca)
  • “A Geographic Assessment of Water and Sewer Service Affordability in the Detroit Metropolitan Area” Dr. Elizabeth Mack (Michigan State University), Sarah Wrase (Michigan State University)
  • “Assessing Smallholder Food and Water Access in the Context of Cumulative Hazards and Stressors: An Integrated Approach” Dr. Christopher M Bacon (Department of Environmental Studies and Science, Santa Clara University), Dr. William A Sundstrom (Department of Economics, Santa Clara University), Dr. Iris T Stewart (Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Sana Clara University), Dr. Edwin P Maurer (Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, Santa Clara University)
  • “Using Multiple-Variable Indicator Kriging for Evaluating Water Quality from Private Household Water-Wells in Gaston County, NC” Claudio Owusu (Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina), Samantha Dye (Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services), Dr. Wenwu Tang (Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina), Dr. Eric Delmelle (Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina)

The day of paper sessions will end with an open reception from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in Balcony A, Mezzanine Level, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Lastly, we will also have an HWISE Discussion Panel from 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Washington 2, Exhibition Level, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you at the AAG19!