Wendy Jepson

Wendy Jepson is a University Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University where she has been on faculty since receiving her PhD in Geography from UCLA in 2003. Her research addresses contemporary debates in political ecology, human-environment interactions, and water security and governance. Jepson leads several research projects and institutional initiatives on water security. Jepson was a recent Fulbright Scholar (2016–2017, Brazil), and continues this relationship as a Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza. She also is a recipient of several National Science Foundation grants that focus on water security—examining different aspects of water insecurity in south Texas colonias and urban Brazil. Jepson leads the NSF-funded Household Water Insecurity Experiences–Research Coordination Network (HWISE-RCN), an international community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to advance research and work in the interdisciplinary field of water insecurity. Jepson also is the principal investigator for a $1.5M Texas A&M University Presidential Excellence Grant, “Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security: Desalination and Water Reuse.” She has generated over $3 million in grants and awards as lead PI from NSF, private sources, and internal awards to support her research agenda.

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