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Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Higgins-Magid Faculty Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Jennifer ("Jenna") Davis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Higgins-Magid Faculty Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. She holds a master's degree in public health and a PhD in environmental management and policy, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Davis' research interests focus on the intersection of economic development and environmental management, with particular emphasis on cost-effective, sustainable water supply and sanitation (W&S) service delivery in developing countries. Current research projects focus on decentralized, private-sector delivery of W&S services in several countries; sustainable sanitation solutions for middle- and low-income urban areas; synergies between W&S planning and economic development strategies (e.g., agricultural productivity); and links between water, sanitation, and health.

Prof. Davis teaches courses on water and sanitation planning, infrastructure privatization, the theory and practice of sustainable development, and research methods. She has conducted fieldwork in more than a dozen countries, including most recently the Philippines, Mozambique, and Bolivia.

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The world needs more toilets
Jenna Davis: "It does not make for pleasant dinner conversation. But we have a global sanitation crisis. More than 40% of the world's population does not have access to a toilet. [...] In many developing countries, mobile phone penetration is expanding at a faster rate than sanitation."
November 19, 2011 in CNN International

Study: Handwashing prevents disease spread
Researchers at Stanford University led by Associate Professor Alexandria Boehm and Assistant Professor Jenna Davis said their study showed a connection ...
May 17, 2010 in