Georgia Kayser

Biographical Note

Georgia Kayser has over ten years of experience using socioeconomic tools to study solutions to water-related problems. Ms.Kayser’s current research in El Salvador and Honduras tests specific innovations for improving the safety and sustainability of drinking water supply in small systems over the long-term. Prior research has led Ms. Kayser to study the socioeconomic threats to water quality on six trans-boundary watersheds in Central America as part of an interdisciplinary team that conducted an integrated water resources assessment for the Global Environment Fund, and to study water resources management in agriculture in India and Thailand with Cornell University. Funding for her studies and research has come from the National Institute of Health, a Dow Sustainability Research Fellowship, The Fletcher School, Water: System, Science, and Society, and the Dutch Government. Prior work has led her to Ecuador to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer and to Washington, DC with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has taught International Environmental Policy to graduate students at Dar el Hekma in Saudi Arabia and the School for International Training in Vermont.


Georgia Kayser CV

PhD Dissertation (Working Title)

Moving Beyond the Millennium Development Goal for Water: Testing Safe and Sustainable Drinking Water Solutions in Honduras and El Salvador

Fields of Study

Development Economics, International Environmental Policy, Integrated Water Resources Management

Research Interest

General Research Interests: Ms. Kayser’s research lies at the nexus of applied environmental policy studies and development economics. In it, she tries to understand how environmental and development policies achieve their stated policy goals through empirical studies using socio-economic tools. In her research, she has studied the impact of international water and sanitation development policies, the efficacy of drinking water innovations, the determinants of water and sanitation programs and technologies that improve human health, the impact of transboundary watershed agreements, and the socio-economic threats to water quality on shared river basins in Central America.

Current Research: In her current research, she studies the shortcomings of the international policy, the Millennium Development Goal for Water, and evaluates specific interventions that can substantially improve human and environmental health outcomes. Specifically, she tests technological and programmatic innovations for improving the safety and sustainability of drinking water supply over the long-term in Latin America. Her technological research, in Honduras, compares the household health, economic and sustainability impacts of two low-cost, locally manufactured, drinking water technologies: a household filter and safe storage unit and a community-based treatment system. Her programmatic research, in El Salvador, measures the impact of the Circuit Rider model of post-construction support on system performance and sustainability in community-run drinking water supply systems. To complete this research, she has received funding from the National Institute of Health, the United Nations Forum on Forests—the Netherlands, the Fletcher School, The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Water: Systems, Science and Society Program, and a DOW Sustainability Student Challenge Award.

Teaching Interests

International Environmental Policy
Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice
Program Evaluation
Field Based Research Methods