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Kelly Garvey

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PhD Student

Bren Hall 1005

Pronouns: she/her

BA, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
MS, Community Health and Prevention Research, Stanford University

Year Admitted 

Research Areas
groundwater, data science, water law and policy

Faculty Advisors
Debra Perrone

Kelly focuses on the intersection of groundwater data science, policy, and law. As water scarcity challenges continue to plague diverse communities globally and locally, it is critical to understand the political, legal, and sociocultural context in which water resources are used and managed. Finding long term solutions to protect all groundwater users and the human right to water requires unique and innovative approaches.

Kelly hopes to use her background and passion to produce data driven, policy relevant research. Her undergraduate thesis research at UCSB focused on the politics and equity in collaborative governance processes, namely the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in the Cuyama Valley, California. Her master’s thesis at Stanford explored the implications of stricter school water quality standards. Kelly is excited to work closely with Dr. Perrone to find real world solutions which overcome and prevent water scarcity challenges.

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