Sara Hughes is a PhD candidate at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a fellow with the Earth System Governance project. Sara is interested in the way our systems of government shape our cities. Her research focuses on urban planning and decision making, particularly in the area of water and wastewater services.
I came to the 2009 Amsterdam Conference on Earth System Governance with a specific question in mind: what role can social science play in helping to solve environmental problems? This topic came up in nearly every presentation I listened to and ev...read more
Water is one of the most important resources on the planet – it provides for the basic needs of people, plants and animals. It’s no surprise, then, that many of the conference sessions here in Volendam have focused on the ways that water is used a...read more
Today was the conference kick-off – and the excitement in the air this morning was palpable. Old friends were meeting and greeting over coffee, name badges were being handed out by the dozen, and the sheep living in the field behind the hotel seem...read more
As a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I spend most of my time in my office, reading and writing about the way society works and how we might try to change some of the decision-making systems we have in place. I hope tha...read more