How do we measure access to clean water and sanitation globally? How has India fared on the issue of water rights as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals? Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Zachary Burt, a Research Fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, who will address some of these questions. Dr. Burt will present his research in the Hubli-Dharwad belt, drawing from both quantitative and qualitative data collected in the field to analyze the tension between resource management, net-benefits for households, and equity of access. He will critically review the broader issues of safety, accessibility, affordability and equity in the provision of water and sanitation services in tier-II Indian cities.
The talk is part of the Center’s ongoing Groundwater Lecture Series.
About the Speaker
Dr. Zachary Burt is currently a Visiting Research Fellow with the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai and at IIT Bombay on a Fulbright-Nehru scholarship. At Columbia University, Dr. Burt is researching efficient, effective and equitable ways of incorporating climate risk into urban water management policy. He has conducted field research in India, Tanzania, Kenya, and Morocco, and assessed urban water policies in California, India and Kenya. 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 earned his PhD at the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.