Degree completed in 2020.
Risk Narratives and Institutional Responses: Charting the Evolution of Unregulated Drinking Water Services in Rural Bangladesh, 1972-2016
Alex Fischer's research focuses on water security and sustainable resource management. Hi s thesis title is 'Do new information flows influence better water institutions in fragile states? Exploring the contingent relationships between decision-makers and measurement technologies.'
His current work explores how new data flows from sensors and smart-meters creates value and efficiency for decision-making across water stakeholders, including communities, investors and policy-makers, particularly in contexts of scare resources, high-variability and institutional fragility. Fischer previously worked at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the Earth Institute at Columbia University on integrated socio-economic and environmental monitoring platforms in fragile states.
- Fischer, A., Hope, R., Manandhar, A., Hoque, S., Hakim, S.A., Foster, T., Islam, S. and Bradley, D. (2020) Risky responsibilities for rural drinking water institutions: the case of unregulated self-supply in Bangladesh. Global Environmental Change, 65. 102152.
- Manandhar, A., Fischer, A., Bradley, D.J., Salehin, M., Islam, M.S., Hope, R. and Clifton, D.A. (2020) Machine Learning to Evaluate Impacts of Flood Protection in Bangladesh, 1983-2014. Water, 12(2).
- Fischer, A. (2019) Constraining Risk Narratives: A Multidecadal Media Analysis of Drinking Water Insecurity in Bangladesh. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109(5): 1433-1453.