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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Emily Van Houweling, Visiting Assistant Professor


Office: 3016 Sie International Relations Complex

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD Planning, Governance and Globalization, Virginia Tech
  • MA:  Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech
  • BA:  Sociology, Occidental College

Research and Expertise

Emily Van Houweling conducts interdisciplinary research about human-environment interactions, with a focus on water issues in Africa. Her research looks at how environmental changes impact gender equality, livelihoods, culture, poverty and social relationships and how, in turn, people transform their environments. This research is motivated by a concern for human rights, feminist issues and environmental sustainability. Emily has worked in nine countries in Africa and has spent the most time in Mozambique and Mali.

Professional Profile

Visiting Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2015-Present)

Co-PI, Visualizing Water Services for Community Decision Making. Funded by the Institute of Society, Culture and the Environment.  Field research conducted in Burkina Faso.  (2015-present)

Associate Director of Gender and Women in International Development, Virginia Tech (2013-2015)

Co-Investigator, Various USAID grants including:  Integrated Pest Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management and InnovATE.  (2013-2015)

Richard E. Zody Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Planning, Governance, and Globalization.  (2014)

Honorable Mention, Outstanding Dissertation, Virginia Tech. University wide. (2014)

Co-Investigator, Impact evaluation of the Mozambique Rural Water Supply Activity, Funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation (2011-2013)

IIE Fulbright award recipient (2011-2012)

Co-Investigator: Assessing the link between productive use of domestic water, poverty reduction, and sustainability in rural Senegal. Funded by the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank.  (2009).

Peace Corps Volunteer.  Mali.  Water and Sanitation specialist.  (2006-2008)

Recent Publications

Van Houweling, Emily.  2015.  “‘A good wife brings her husband bath water:’ Gender roles and water practices in Nampula, Mozambique.” Society and Natural Resources.  Accepted, forthcoming.

Hall, Ralph, Eric Vance, and Emily Van Houweling. 2015.  “Upgrading Domestic-Plus Systems in Rural Senegal: An Incremental Income-Cost (I-C) Analysis.”  Water Alternatives.  8(3):  317-366.

Christie, Maria Elisa, Emily Van Houweling, and Laura Zseleczky. 2015. “Mapping gendered pest management knowledge, practices, and pesticide exposure pathways in Ghana and Mali.”  Agriculture and Human Values.  Accepted, forthcoming.

Van Houweling, Emily. 2015. “Gendered water spaces; A study of the transition from wells to handpumps in Mozambique.”  Gender, Place and Culture; A Journal of Feminist Geography.  22(10):  1391-1407.

Hall, Ralph, Eric Vance, Emily Van Houweling.  2014. “The productive use of rural piped water in Senegal.”  Water Alternatives 7(3):  480-498.

Hall, Ralph, Barbara van Koppen, and Emily Van Houweling. 2013.  "The human right to water:  The importance of domestic and productive water rights." Science and Engineering Ethics.  Dec: 1-20.

Van Houweling, Emily, Ralph Hall, Aissatou Diop, Jenna Davis and Mark Seiss. 2012.  "The role of productive water use in women's livelihoods: Evidence from rural Senegal." Water Alternatives 5(3):  304-323.