Emma Kelly

Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist

As the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, Emma creates, implements and oversees internal and external communications that effectively describe and promote the Water Institute and its products. She is passionate about WaSH and believes in the importance of bringing research and practice closer together. In her research, she uses qualitative, quantitative and geospatial methods to evaluate the sustainability of rural water supplies in sub-Saharan Africa. Emma received her both her bachelor’s and master’s degree here in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has been working as a research assistant at the Water Institute since 2013, when she first arrived as a first year at UNC Chapel Hill. Emma’s research interests include sanitary inspections, rural water supply, water system sustainability, GIS, community management, resource mobilization, social capital, water supply seasonality. In her master’s research, she explored the respective roles of sanitary inspections and microbial water quality sampling in rural water system monitoring.

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Research Products
  • Urban and rural sanitation in the Solomon Islands: How resilient are these to extreme weather events? Lisa Fleming, Carmen Anthonj, Mamita Bora Thakkar, Waqairapoa M. Tikoisuva, Musa Manga, Guy Howard, Katherine F. Shields, Emma Kelly, Marc Overmars and Jamie Bartram. 2019. Science of the Total Environment, 683, 331-340.
  • External support programs to improve rural drinking water service sustainability: A systematic review. Meghan Miller, Ryan Cronk, Tori Klug, Emma R. Kelly, Nikki Behnke, Jamie Bartram. 2019. STOTEN
  • Availability of Hospital Resources and Specialty Services for Stroke Care in North Carolina. Mehul D. Patel, Gilson Honvoh, Antonio R. Fernandez, Rhonda Cadena, Emma Kelly, Philip McDaniel, Jane H. Brice. 2019. Southern Medical Journal 112(6).
  • 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.
  • Resource mobilization for community-managed rural water systems: evidence from Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. Nikki L. Behnke, Tori Klug, Ryan Cronk, Katherine F. Shields, Kristen Lee, Emma R. Kelly, Greg Allgood, and Jamie Bartram. 2017. Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 156: 437-444.  doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.016.
  • The role of social capital and sense of ownership in rural community-managed water systems: Qualitative evidence from Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. 2017. Emma Kelly, Kristen Lee, Katherine F Shields, Ryan Cronk, Nikki Behnke, Tori Klug, Jamie Bartram. 2017. Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 56: 156-166.
  • Water system hardware and management rehabilitation: qualitative evidence from Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. Tori Klug, Katherine F. Shields, Ryan Cronk, Emma Kelly, Nikki Behnke, Kristen Lee, and Jamie Bartram. 2017. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Volume 220(3): 531-538. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.02.009.
  • A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Fecal Contamination and Inadequate Treatment of Packaged Water. Williams, Ashley R., Robert E. S. Bain, Michael B. Fisher, Ryan Cronk, Emma R. Kelly, and Jamie Bartram. 2015. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140899. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140899.
  • Rural Water Supply Network
  • American Water Works Association
Email: Emma Kelly