My research examines the politics of recycling the by-products of municipal wastewater treatment. My graduate studies are supported by the US EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship program.
2010, M.A., Geography, School of Geography & Development, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006, B.A., Interdisciplinary Field Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA
I am broadly interested in the political and economic processes that influence material infrastructure, knowledge about the environment, and socio-cultural components of risk perception. My work explores the transformation of waste to resource, particularly the process of planned potable water recycling.
Akhter M, Ormerod KJ. (2015). The Irrigation Technozone: State Power, Expertise, and Agrarian Development in the U.S. West and British Punjab, 1880-1920. Geoforum (60) 123-132.
Ormerod KJ, Scott CA. (2013). Drinking Highly Treated Wastewater: Public Trust in the Next Water Frontier. Science, Technology and Human Values 38(3): 351-373.
Meehan K, Ormerod KJ, Moore S. (2013). Remaking Waste as Water: The Governance of Recycled Effluent for Potable Water Supply. Water Alternatives 6(1): 67-85.
Scott CA, Bailey CJ, Marra R, Woods G, Ormerod KJ, Lansey K. (2012). Scenario Planning to Address Critical Uncertainties for Robust and Resilient Water-Wastewater Infrastructures under Conditions of Water Scarcity and Rapid Development. Water 4(4) 848-868.
Browning-Aiken A, Ormerod KJ, Scott CA. (2011). Testing the Climate for Non-potable Water Reuse: Opportunities and Challenges in Water-scarce Urban Growth Corridors. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 13(3) 253-275.
Akhter M, Ormerod KJ, Scott CA. (2010). Lost in Translation: Resilience, Social Agency, and Water Planning in Tucson, Arizona. Critical Planning (17) 46-65.
Instructor, Environmental Studies/Geography 260: Environmental Studies: Ideas and Institutions
Instructor, Geography 367: Population Geography
Teaching Assistant, Individuals and Societies 102: Human Geography and Global Systems
Teaching Assistant, Geography 210: Political and Cultural Geography of Globalization
Governing Risk, Reuse and Reclamation: Water Pollution Control and New Water Resources in the Southwestern United States. Environmental Protection Agency. (Principal Investigator)
EFRI-RESIN Optimization of Conjunctive Water Wupply and Reuse Systems with Distributed Treatment for High-growth Water-scarce Regions. National Science Foundation. (former Graduate Research Assoc.)
Water Reuse to Offset Growth-Driven Water Scarcity in the Southwest: From Augmentation to Substitution. WateReuse Research Foundation. (former Graduate Research Asst.)
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