Kristin Dobbin

Kristin Dobbin


Kristin Dobbin is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California Davis where her research focuses on the intersection of environmental justice and water governance. Passionate about community natural resource management, social movements and environmental justice organizing, Kristin has worked on addressing rural drinking water disparities in the United States and abroad for nearly ten years in a variety of roles. Her dissertation research looks at the challenges and opportunities associated with California’s landmark groundwater reform law known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) for advancing the human right to water. Prior to coming to Davis, Kristin served as Regional Water Management Coordinator at Community Water Center in Visalia, California where she worked alongside residents of the San Joaquin Valley to advance community-driven water solutions. Using community-based methods Kristin believes that research can and should play an important role in advancing policy that empowers community water managers as leaders and experts and supports thriving, equitable and sustainable rural communities. Kristin has a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College, she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Fulbright Fellow and Udall Scholar.

Fellow at a Glance

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Academic Background:
University of California Davis, Ph.D
Current Position:
Ph.D Candidate
University of California Davis
Environmental Justice
Natural Resource Management
Water Resources

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