Kerri Jean Ormerod

About Kerri Jean Ormerod

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.

Areas of Study



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.)

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

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.


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Contact Information

Kerri Jean Ormerod
PhD Candidate
Office: Harvill 309


2015, PhD, Geography, School of Geography & Development, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2010, MA, Geography, School of Geography & Development, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2006, BA, Interdisciplinary Field Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Dissertation Title

Governing Risk, Reuse, and Reclamation: The Politics of Potable Water Recycling in the Southwestern United States

Courses Taught

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