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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. 

Key Publications:

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.

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.

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). *Editor’s Choice, Issue 147(5)

Covid 19

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. 

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Disaster-Induced Population Dynamics

Document the cascading impacts of population displacement to hosting communities and study the social and sheltering systems to improve response.

Key Publications:

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.

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. 

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Addressing Sociotechnical Infrastructure Challenges 

Study various challenges in the water sector, including water affordability, access, and public perceptions towards their systems (e.g., aesthetics). 


Key Publications:

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).

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.

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