Kate Shields joined The Water Institute at UNC in 2014 as a Research Associate. Her research interests lie in the community-level and enabling environment factors that connect water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), health, and water resource management. Her work has included multi-level analysis of determinants of diarrheal disease, participatory research on WaSH marketing, analysis of policy for climate change adaptation, and qualitative and quantitative explorations of water point sustainability and functionality. She has worked in Turkey, Scotland, Ecuador, Ethiopia and the South Pacific. Kate holds a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology & International Health from the University of Michigan.