About Sarah Kelly-Richards
I am a human-environment geographer and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Geography and Development. My doctoral research examines small hydropower conflicts in southern Chile, and their implications for indigenous rights and water security. I bring together ethnographic research with legal institutional analysis through participatory research with local collaborators. My advisor is Dr. Carl Bauer. I am currently an InterAmerican Foundation Fellow in Chile.
Key words: political ecology, participatory research, water governance, indigenous rights, territory, renewable energy, environmental policy
In 2013, I completed a masters degree in Geography at the University of Arizona, which was titled: "The Codependence of Land Tenure and Sanitation Access in Nogales, Sonora." For this research project, I conducted semi-structured interviews and participatory research building a composting toilet with technical students and residents of an informally established colonia (neighborhood), looking at the politics and challenges of binational sanitation and water provision on the U.S.-Mexico border.
GEOG 497F/597F - UA Community and School Garden Workshop
Kelly-Richards, S. H., & Banister, J. M. (2015). A state of suspended animation: Urban sanitation and water access in Nogales, Sonora. Political Geography.
Moore, S. A., Wilson, J., Kelly-Richards, S., & Marston, S. A. (2015). School Gardens as Sites for Forging Progressive Socioecological Futures. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(2), 407-415.
Radonic, L., & Kelly-Richards, S. (2015). Pipes and praxis: An applied methodological contribution to the urban political ecology of water. Journal of Political Ecology 22, 389-409.
Scott, C., Crootof, A., & Kelly-Richards, S. (2016). The urban water-energy nexus: Drivers and responses to global change in the ‘Urban Century.’ (Ed). Hiroshan, H. Advancing a nexus approach to the sustainable management of water, soil, and waste.
2016-17 P.E.O. Scholar, P.E.O. International
2016-17 Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship, Inter-American Foundation
2016 U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Chile, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
2016 Climate and Society Fellow, Climate Assessment of the Southwest, UA
House-Peters, L., and Kelly-Richards, S. Political Ecology of Bordered Spaces (introduction to co-organized conference sessions and cureated blog special issue. Public Political Ecology Lab.
Kelly-Richards, S. Batallamos para agua: The less visible security concerns of water and wastewater infrastructure on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Public Political Ecology Lab.
House-Peters, L., Kelly-Richards, S., Radonic, L., Minor, J., & Quinn, J. PPEL Report: Political Ecology Critical Theory and Mixed Methods. Public Political Ecology Lab.