Researchers incorporate marginalized voices in climate change solutions
Angela Harris is an assistant professor in NC State’s Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department and a member of the Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Global WaSH) cluster in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program. She’s interested in the resiliency of infrastructure systems as extreme weather and flooding events become more frequent. As she studies the intersection of human health and climate disasters, she’s well aware of how fragile water supply can be.
“Not everyone is receiving this basic human right of safe drinking water, even in the United States,” Harris said. “Not often do people look at both chemical and microbiological hazards that people are being exposed to.”
In workshops, Harris brings together state officials, community stakeholders, engineers and members of the public, embracing different perspectives on how infrastructure can be more resilient to climate change.
“For these systems-level efforts where things are so interconnected, it is important to have everybody at the table,” Harris said.