Current Scholar

Laura Joaquina Morales

PhD Student, Planning and Landscape Architecture
Laura Joaquina Morales
Academic Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison Location: Madison, Wisconsin Cohort Start Year: 2022
Research Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Environmental Justice, Public Policy
Populations Served: African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Low-Income Communities

FOCUS
Laura is passionate about improving the lives of those who lack access to clean water due to affordability or physical infrastructure. Water systems in the United States are reflective of the built environment. There are more than 50,000 community water systems, and half of those serve 500 people or fewer. Fragmentation of these systems prevents water utilities from being effective and efficient, leaving many without access to safe public drinking water. This directly impacts low-income black and Hispanic communities. Laura focuses on system size and relationships to compliance with regulatory protections. Her research explores how the consolidation of small water systems can be beneficial to increasing overall water security and integrated water resource management.

MORE ABOUT LAURA
Laura’s professional background in consulting for water utilities as well as time spent working in the United Kingdom for a water utility provider equips her with the knowledge to understand organizational barriers. In addition, her current position at the Institute for Research on Poverty provides her with deeper insight into addressing systemic poverty.

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