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Kristin Dobbin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Email: kdobbin@luskin.ucla.edu

Twitter: @kbdobbin


Kristin Dobbin (she/her) is an NSF-funded postdoctoral research fellow hosted in the Luskin Center for Innovation. Her research focuses on the role of governance in both creating and solving drinking water disparities. Currently she is working on several projects dedicated to advancing the implementation of California’s Human Right to Water law (AB 685) including:

  • assessing trends, drivers and outcomes of water system consolidations
  • characterizing household water insecurity
  • identifying socio-political determinants of performance among the states 3,000 community water systems

She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology with an emphasis in environmental policy and human ecology from UC Davis where her dissertation considered 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 graduate school, Kristin worked for Community Water Center in Visalia, California.