|Featured Member: Barbara Johnson|
Job Title and Employer:
PhD Student in Natural Resources and Sustainability, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Barbara Johnson is an economist with over five years of consulting and research experience in Alaska. She received her MSc in Resource and Applied Economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016 . She is currently working on her PhD, researching
the economics of water service provisions in rural Alaska. Barbara’s research covers a myriad of topics that include polycentric decision-making, risk management throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure, and data disaggregation and learning about
rural Alaska’s many perspectives.
An Interesting Project She Recently Worked On:
In June, Barbara completed the development of an affordability framework to determine the affordability of residential water and sewer rates across rural Alaska. This affordability framework was commissioned in 2015 by the Alaska Department of Environmental
Conservation (ADEC) Village Safe Water Program (VSW).
Barbara has also been instrumental in the effort to design and implement AWWMA's new membership management system and website. Please take some time to look around and provide feedback!
Reason for Joining AWWMA and How Membership has Benefited:
Barbara joined AWWMA to connect with people working in Alaska in the fields of water and wastewater provision. Alaska is a large state, and AWWMA provides many opportunities to connect with people across the state, such as at the annual conference, during young professional events and through volunteering opportunities. Last summer, Barbara joined the AWWMA Board of Directors as Membership Chair. In this role, she checks in with existing members, and welcomes new members to our community. She is always on the lookout for new ideas to better serve our members, so if you have any, or would like to volunteer, please reach out to her. Barbara has also enjoyed helping redesign the AWWMA website, ponder new features for our newsletter (don't hesitate to send us your submissions) and, her favorite, post water related word puns to our Facebook page.
Submission Form for the AWWMA Newsletter
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