About Alison Elder
A first-year Geography MA student in the School of Geography and Development, my research interests include land and water rights in arid and semi-arid lands, groundwater management and transboundary waters, irrigation agriculture, green infrastructure, gender, health, and development studies. Most of my research interests are situated in North Africa, specifically Morocco.
Before joining the School of Geography and Development in 2017, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southeast Morocco from 2014-2016 working on health and fitness education and life skills for women and youth and collaborated with community members in starting a cultural exchange and volunteer abroad program, Sahara Service Organization (SSO) for students on rural Morocco. From 2016-2017, I worked at the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment (HCC) at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco with the Women’s Engagement Network (WEN) providing assistance with and exploring the difficulties rural women face in formalizing cooperatives. Additionally I helped organize and present at the HCC’s international symposium on youth, migration, and development.
At the University of Arizona, I am a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Andrea Gerlak on a National Science Foundation-funded Coupled Human and Natural (CNH) systems project examining green infrastructure and sustainable urban water solutions for Arizona cities, including issues of learning, policy change, and equity. I am also a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow.
B.A. International Studies/English, Arabic Studies Minor, Texas A&M University, 2013