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.