Executive Committee

Wendy Jepson, Ph.D. (HWISE-RCN PI, Chair)

University Professor, Texas A&M University; Department of Geography;
Associate Director for the Texas Water Resources Institute

Dr. Wendy Jepson is a Professor of Geography at Texas A&M University where she has been on faculty since receiving her Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 2003. Dr. Jepson has several projects that intersect with the research theme of water security: (1) household water insecurity in the US and Latin America (Brazil and Mexico); (2) sustainability and urban water security. Dr. Jepson was a recent Fulbright Scholar (2016-2017) and a recipient of several National Science Foundation grants that focus on water security. She also has generated over $3.0 million in grants and awards as lead PI from NSF, private sources, and internal awards to support her research agenda. Jepson is also an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Fellow for Public Engagement in Science (Water & Food Security, 2018-2019).

Chad Staddon, Ph.D.

Professor of Resource Economics and Policy
Director, International Water Security Network
University of West of England, Bristol
Website and Project Website

Dr. Chad Staddon is Professor of Resource Economics and Policy at UWE, Bristol and founder-director of the International Water Security Network. In the course of his 20 year career he has studied water services in Canada, the US, the UK and many European countries. He has published more than 40 scientific papers and books, given more than 100 public lectures and is frequently called upon to comment on relevant government policy. His current research interests lie in the area of better understanding the nature and drivers of urban water demand and the potential for social and economic instruments to drive conservation efforts.

Justin Stoler, Ph.D. (HWISE-RCN Co-PI)

Associate Professor of Geography
University of Miami

Dr. Justin Stoler is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Miami. Dr. Stoler’s research explores the geographic patterns of urban health disparities and environmental influences on social and behavioral epidemiology. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and is an affiliate of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Dr. Stoler enjoys field work and has worked in several countries—including a decade of experience in Accra, Ghana—exploring links between neighborhood structure, geodemographics, the environment, communicable diseases, and water insecurity.

Amber Wutich, Ph.D. (HWISE-RCN Co-PI)

Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Global Health
School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Arizona State University

Dr. Amber Wutich is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Global Health at Arizona State University. Her research examines institutional injustice and health disparities, with a focus on water and food. Dr. Wutich directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a cross-cultural study of water knowledge and institutions in 10 countries. As a methodologist, she co-authored Analyzing Qualitative Data (SAGE, 2016) and co-edits the journal Field Methods. Dr. Wutich’s teaching has been recognized with the Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year award.