Degree completed in 2020.

Evaluating Water Security: Diagnostics and Trends



Tess is enrolled as a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) student in the School of Geography and the Environment. Her doctoral research aims to operationalize the concept of water security through a diagnostic approach. The first chapter of her thesis aims to generate a diagnostic dashboard tool to assess the current status and trends of a country’s water security. Additional chapters focus on empirical analyses using statistical and econometric methods to explore relationships between multiple dimensions of water security. During her time at Oxford, she has also held a consulting position with the World Bank with a focus on water security.


Tess holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She also holds a Master of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she focused on sustainable design and the built environment. Prior to starting her DPhil, she worked as a Construction Administrator and Sustainability Coordinator for an architecture and engineering firm in her home state of West Virginia. She holds a LEED AP, BD+C certification as well as Engineering in Training (EIT) certification.

Tess was the teaching assistant on the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management course from 2017-2019.

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