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DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Heather Campbell, “Environmental Justice and Water Policy during a Drought: Community Stressors, Minority Residents, and Cutback Assignments.”

The Division of Politics & Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring Heather Campbell, CGU. Lunch will be provided.

Heather E. Campbell is a professor in the Department of Politics & Government at Claremont Graduate University. Though her research has previously covered a wide array of policy areas—including telecommunications regulation, water policy, racial profiling, housing, K–12 education, environmental policy, and student evaluations of teaching—her current research focuses on environmental policy, with an emphasis on environmental justice analysis. She is interested in policy analysis broadly defined, framed by theoretical underpinnings drawn from public choice and the methods of econometrics and benefit-cost analysis. She has an overarching interest in regulation.

Heather Campbell

Talk title: Environmental Justice and Water Policy during a Drought: Community Stressors, Minority Residents, and Cutback Assignments.

Talk Description:
In the period from 2011 to 2014 the state of California underwent a historic drought. This led the governor of the state, Jerry Brown, to require mandatory cutbacks for residential water consumption. At the same time, the state of California issued CalEnviroScreen 2.0, an index of community stress intended to be used for environmental justice purposes. In these conditions, were the water cutbacks assigned in fair ways, or did they result in greater stress to fragile communities or to race- or ethnicity-based environmental injustice? The research presented uses GIS and multivariate spatial regression techniques to answer these questions.

More information about the DPE Tuesday Talk Series can be found here.