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Nathalie Richards is a final year PhD student in the Department of Geography, studying water resources governance in East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya), where she has undertaken extensive ethnographic fieldwork.

She teaches at the Departments of Geography at LSE and King's, on sustainable development issues. She also teaches for the Departments of International Development Department and Global Health & Social Medicine at King's, on global health issues.

She is a Swiss-British-American citizen, having grown up mostly in the French part of Switzerland – but having also lived in Germany, Kenya and Tanzania (for her fieldwork), Mexico, UK and USA.

She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva and an MA from King’s. She has had professional experience in the global health consultancy sector with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Geneva and public sector experience with the Swiss Embassy in Mexico City. In England, she has worked for environmental NGOs, including Blue Ventures.

Nathalie is also a research assistant for King's Water.


Thesis title: 'Water Users' Associations for sustainable water use in Tanzania and Kenya?'

Nathalie's research specifically looks at the institutional set-up for water governance in Tanzania and Kenya, with a focus on Water Users' Associations – the most local level of water resources governance. She has adopted a critical institutionalist perspective to the analysis of her data, as well as hydrological modelling.

PhD supervision

Further details

See Nathalie's research profile