Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes

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Doctoral Student and Research Assistant, University of California-Santa Barbara
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability


PhD, Environmental Science and Management, 2006-present University of California, Santa Barbara
Master of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, 2006 Michigan State University, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Bachelor of Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, 2004, Michigan State University Honors College

Additional Coursework:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Institute for Survey Research
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Department of Wildlife Biology

Sara Hughes's research focuses on urban governance and the role institutions play in determining water supply and sanitation policy and planning outcomes in cities. She is currently using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate these dynamics in coastal California cities, and will be expanding the framework to include national and international urban areas. She also has a strong general interest in applying social-science methods and frameworks to interdisciplinary environmental problems. This interest has led to her involvement in the Luce Fellows “Environmental Science to Solutions” program, through which she is part of a team studying the impact of declining coral reef fisheries on food security. She is also a research assistant with the WATERS Network project, an NSF-funded research program that is breaking new ground in incorporating social science in water management.

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