Kate Shields

PhD Student
Department of Geography
University of Oregon


Kate’s 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 while at the Water Institute 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.

Selected Projects
Selected Publications
  • A categorization of water system breakdowns: Evidence from Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Tori Klug, Ryan Cronk, Katherine F Shields, Jamie Bartram. 2018. Science of the Total Environment, Volume 619: 1126-1132.
  • Seasonality, water use and community management of water systems in rural settings: Qualitative evidence from Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. Emma Kelly, Katherine F Shields, Ryan Cronk, Kristen Lee, Nikki Behnke, Tori Klug, Jamie Bartram. 2018. Science of the Total Environment, Volume 628: 715-721.
  • Fostering water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) marketing exchanges using participatory processes: A guide for working with residents of informal settlements in the Pacific. DJ Barrington, J Bartram, S Meo, SG Saunders, KF Shields, S Sridharan, RT Souter. 2017. International WaterCentre: Brisbane, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-921499-05-0
Email: Kate Shields