Pandemics and Infrastructure Systems
Understand how water utilities were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and assess water and electricity demand changes at the building-level.
Spearing, L.,... and Faust, K. (2020). “Implications of Social Distancing Policies on Drinking Water Infrastructure: An Overview of the Challenges to and Responses of US Utilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Environmental Science and Technology Water, 1. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsestwater.0c00229
Spearing, L.,... and Faust, K. (2021). “Human-Infrastructure Interactions during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding Water and Electricity Demand Profiles at the Building-Level.” Environmental Science and Technology Water. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsestwater.1c00176
Berglund, E. Z.,..Spearing, L.,..Kadinski, L. (2021). “Water and Wastewater Systems and Utilities: Challenges and Opportunities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 147 (5). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001373 *Editor’s Choice, Issue 147(5)
The Provision of Water Infrastructure in Rural Alaska
Understand what factors cause water-sector challenges in rural Alaska by integrating perspectives from a variety of stakeholders.
Disaster-Induced Population Dynamics
Document the cascading impacts of population displacement to hosting communities and study the social and sheltering systems to improve response.
Spearing, L., Stephens, K., and Faust, K. (2021). “Shelter Shopping: Where the Built Environment and Social Systems Meet.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102161
Spearing, L., and Faust, K. (2020). “Cascading System Impacts of the 2018 Camp Fire in California: The Interdependent Provision of Infrastructure Services to Displaced Populations.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101822
Addressing Sociotechnical Infrastructure Challenges
Study various challenges in the water sector, including water affordability, access, and public perceptions towards their systems (e.g., aesthetics).
Spearing, L., Dias, F., Faust, K., and Bhat, C. (2020). “Determining Multi-level Drivers of Perceiving Undesirable Taste and Odor in Tap Water: A Joint Modeling Approach.” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 147 (3). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001326
Spearing, L., Bakchan, A., Hamlet, L., Stephens, K., Kaminsky, J., and Faust, K. (2022). “Comparing Qualitative Analysis Techniques for Construction Engineering and Management Research: The Case of Arctic Water Infrastructure.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management Special Collection on Research Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002313