Christine Pu is a Ph.D. candidate in the civil and environmental engineering department at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the relationship between poverty, infrastructure and climate change. She applies theory and methods from environmental engineering, social geography and development economics to understand how road and water infrastructure help households escape poverty and build resilience against climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. She combines nuanced insights about the poverty experience with regional-scale modeling to produce compelling evidence for decision-makers in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.
Prior to joining Stanford, Christine worked with the World Bank to analyze institutional reforms and investment strategies to strengthen Tajikistan’s water, sanitation and hygiene sector. Her team’s efforts provided the analytical underpinnings for the design of the World Bank’s first rural water and sanitation project in the country. Christine also worked with the Lake Victoria North Water Services Board in Kenya to produce the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report for a drinking water infrastructure project and served as the editor-in-chief of Engineers Without Borders Canada’s annual failure report.
Christine holds an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University and a B.Eng. in chemical engineering from McGill University. Christine has been supported by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellowship and the Loran Scholarship.