David Fuente


David is an applied environmental economist who works on global water and sanitation issues. David’s current research focuses on the provision of municipal water and sanitation services in low and middle-income countries. His dissertation examines water pricing and tariff reform in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prior to returning to graduate school, David was Program Head for Infrastructure and Governance at the Centre for Development Finance in India. At CDF David led a multidisciplinary team of researchers to implement a portfolio of initiatives focused on infrastructure finance, governance, and service delivery across both rural and urban India.

David has conducted extensive fieldwork in South Asia (India), the Middle East (Egypt), and East Africa (Kenya).

David has a BA in Geology (Colby College), an MA in Philanthropic Studies (Indiana University), an MS in Environmental Science (Indiana University), and an MPA (Indiana University). David is currently a William R. Kenan Jr. Fellow in UNC’s Royster Society of Fellows and an Affiliated Research Fellow at UNC’s Global Research Institute.

Research Interests
  • Water pricing and tariff reform
  • Urban water and sanitation
  • Environmental economics
  • Benefit cost analysis
Email: David Fuente