Karen Setty

PhD Program
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Jamie Bartram

Karen is working toward her PhD, focused on evaluating risk management programs for drinking water suppliers, including water quality and public health impacts. Her primary research interests include the science-policy interface, scale-up of evidence-based practices, risk management, appropriate (e.g., ecological, sustainable, or low-resource) technologies, and decision-support tools for water and sanitation. She previously studied Environmental Biology at the University of Dayton and earned a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management specializing in Water Resources Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her group project focused on implementation of sustainable water resources practices in a peri-urban region of Chiapas, Mexico. Karen also volunteered with Engineers Without Borders in Araypallpa, Peru and worked for several years as a science writer at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, prior to joining UNC.

Profile Information
Selected Projects
Selected Research Products
  • Comparative evaluation of risk management frameworks for US source waters. 2019. K Setty, R Raucher, R McConnell, and J Bartram. AWWA Water Science. doi.10.1002/aws2.1125.
  • Capacity building and training approaches for water safety plans: A comprehensive literature review. Giuliana Ferrero, Karen Setty, Bettina Rickert, Shannan George, Angella Rinehold, Jennifer DeFrance and Jamie Bartram. 2019. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.
  • Global water, sanitation, and hygiene research priorities and learning challenges under Sustainable Development Goal 6. Karen Setty, K, J Willetts, A Jimenez, M Leifels, and J Bartram. Development Policy Review.doi: 10.1111/dpr.12415.
  • Assessing operational performance benefits of a Water Safety Plan implemented in southwestern France. Karen Setty, G O’Flaherty, J Enault, S Lapouge, JF Loret, and J Bartram. 2018. Perspectives in Public Health, Volume 138, Issue 5: 270-278. doi: 10.1177/1757913918787846.
  • Time series study of weather, water quality, and acute gastroenteritis at Water Safety Plan implementation sites in France and Spain. Karen Setty, J Enault, JF Loret, CP Serra, JM Alonso, and J Bartram. 2018. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Volume 221, Issue 4: 714-726.
  • Water quality, performance, and health outcomes among utilities implementing Water Safety Plans in France and Spain. Karen Setty, G Kayser, JM Bowling, JF Loret, J Enault, CP Serra, JM Alonso, AP Mateu, and J Bartram. 2017. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Volume 220, Issue 3: 513-530. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.02.004.
Email: Karen Setty