Advisory Committee

Bertha Hernandez Aguilar, Ph.D.

Department of Humanities and Social Systems
National School of Higher Education Campus Merida National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr. Bertha Hernández holds a PhD in Sustainability Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research explores the processes of collective agency in the face of water scarcity in informal areas of Mexico City. Her lines of research are related to sustainable water management, vulnerability, urbanization and environmental conflicts. She has employed analytical methods such as mental models, networks and multi-criteria decision analysis. Bertha has collaborated in projects related to socio-hydrological risk such as floods and water stress; land use change, informality and urbanization. She has also participated in environmental impact assessments in indigenous communities located in northern Mexico, and in recent years she has participated in several projects in the Yucatan Peninsula on governance, coastal vulnerability, land use planning and limits on fishing capacity. She is currently an academic technician at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores Campus Mérida (ENES-Mérida). Contact:

Deborah McGregor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice
York University

Elijah Bisung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Queen’s University

Jaynie Vonk

Impact Evaluation Lead

Jaynie Vonk is Impact Evaluation Lead for Oxfam GB. Her work seeks to understand the impact of Oxfam’s efforts. Assessing aspects of water insecurity has been integral to several evaluations she has coordinated, including Effectiveness Reviews carried out in Zambia, DRC and Sierra Leone in 2018 through 2020. Jaynie is currently most interested in exploring connections between water insecurity, climate justice and resilience, with particular attention to the ongoing climate and food crisis in East and Central Africa.

Jo-Anne Geere, Ph.D.

University of East Anglia

Michelle Kooy, Ph.D.

Head of the WG Department; Associate Professor of Water Governance
IHE Delft

Nicole Lefore, Ph.D.

Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation
The Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development

Teresa Montoya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

Dr. Teresa Montoya is a social scientist whose research and media production focuses on contemporary problems of toxic contamination and water insecurity in relation to historical legacies of land dispossession and resource extraction across the Indigenous Southwest. Her current manuscript project, Permeable: Diné Politics of Extraction and Exposure, draws upon ethnography and oral history to analyze ongoing environmental and legal impacts for Diné communities following the 1979 Church Rock uranium spill and the 2015 Gold King mine spill across the Navajo Nation. Her broader research interests include tribal jurisdiction and sovereignty around environmental issues, climate justice, and water governance of the Colorado River.