Kathryn Pharr's research is at the intersection of water science and policy. She is particularly interested in how these two sectors affect and interact with one another and how stakeholders working on policy and on science can collaborate and communicate better. Additionally, she is looking at factors and actors outside of what most people think of as the 'water sector' and how these factors affect water resource management and how they can be accounted for in planning and managing water resources.
Kathryn is also a topic editor at the Global Water Forum, which works to bring water issues to the general public's awareness.
Before joining the School of Geography and the Environment, Kathryn worked on policy and programmes regarding transboundary water, integrated water resource management, water governance, and science & technology innovation as a contractor for the U.S. Department of State. Her work has taken her to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Her academic background is Analytical Chemistry and International Relations with a Masters of Science from Wake Forest University and a Bachelors of the College of William and Mary.