Democracy, decentralisation and development in Kenya: an assessment of structural change in the water sector
Johanna Koehler is a researcher in the Water Programme of the Smith School and in the cross-faculty Oxford University "mobile/water for development" research group. Combining her social science and water science backgrounds, her work examines institutional developments in rural water services in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work focusses on water security and risk in areas of competition over limited water resources.
Johanna's DPhil research at the School of Geography and the Environment (University of Oxford) examines decentralisation and development, implications for water security and poverty in Kenya. She also holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford (Distinction) and a BA in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London (First Class Honours). Previously Johanna worked in humanitarian affairs and human rights (with a focus on the human right to water and sanitation) at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
- Thomson, P., Bradley, D., Katilu, A., Katuva, J., Lanzoni, M., Koehler, J. and Hope, R. (forthcoming, 2019) Rainfall and groundwater use in rural Kenya. Science of The Total Environment, 649: 722-730.
- Koehler, J. (2018) Exploring policy perceptions and responsibility of devolved decision-making for water service delivery in Kenya’s 47 county governments. Geoforum, 92: 68-80.
- Koehler, J., Rayner, S., Katuva, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2018) A cultural theory of drinking water risks, values and institutional change. Global Environmental Change, 50: 268-277.
- Thomson, P. and Koehler, J. (2016) Performance-oriented Monitoring for the Water SDG – Challenges, Tensions and Opportunities. Aquatic Procedia, 6: 87-95.
- Koehler, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2015) Pump-priming payments for sustainable water services in rural Africa. World Development, 74: 397-411.