Gina Gilson is researching informal water markets in Eastern Africa, which have proliferated in response to rapid urbanisation and increasing competition for freshwater. Her work explores the institutions that underpin these markets, including the rules and norms that contribute to their governance, and the relationship of the markets to the natural resources on which they rely. Gina's work is part of the NEWAVE Next Water Governance project, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Prior to beginning her DPhil, Gina was working as an independent consultant on research related to common pool resources and market-based policies. Originally from Nebraska, she has lived and worked in the western United States, Costa Rica, and Austria. She has a BS in Environmental Science and Biology from Creighton University and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford.