Zachary Burt

Zachary Burt

Zachary earned his PhD at the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. He is interested in the techno-social systems which manufacture and allocate risk, and how these play out in the water and sanitation systems of low, middle and high income countries. He has researched the costs and benefits of urban water service improvements, willingness to pay for household water treatment and gender inequities in sanitation access. He has conducted field research in India, Tanzania, Kenya, and Morocco, and assessed urban water policies in California, India and Kenya. At Columbia, Zach is researching efficient, effective and equitable ways of incorporating climate risk into urban water management policy.

On his Fulbright-Nehru scholarship, he will have two research topics. The first will explore urban policy tools that help towns and cities invest in resilient and sustainable water and sanitation systems, incorporating climate risk while balancing local needs with local resources. The second will look at social, economic and public health impacts from flooding and extreme weather events in Mumbai.