Ellis Adams

Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Inst. for Int'l. Peace

Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Inst. for Int'l. Peace
O304 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-2765

Ellis Adjei Adams is an assistant professor of geography and environmental policy in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of expertise include environmental policy; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); water policy and governance; gender, water, and development; cities; political ecology; sub-Saharan Africa

Adams’ work examines the social, political, institutional, and governance dimensions of environmental and natural resources, particularly water. Trained as a human environmental geographer with expertise bridging the natural and social sciences, he is broadly interested in nature-society relations. His research to date has primarily focused on understanding human-water interactions in different urban contexts in the Global South.

His current research converges on three main domains: 1) urban water insecurity, 2) water policy and governance, and 3) gender, water, and sustainable development. The first explores the causes and socioeconomic consequences of household water insecurity in urban areas; the second examines how policy (public, private, community-based, etc.) and power relations influence access to water; and the third explores the multiple relationships between gender, water, and sustainable development. Theoretically, his work draws from and contributes to political ecology, feminist political ecology, environmental justice, and common pool resources theory.

Adams has conducted fieldwork principally in Africa (Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda), with emerging interests in Brazil and the United States. He is a co-principal investigator on a $398,482 National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project “Analyzing the Magnitude, Variability, and Governance of Infrastructure-Mediated Flows in Atlanta” with collaborators at Georgia State University.