Chris Hyun comes from a decade of experience in South Asia, focused on water, pollution, culture, religion, and development, particularly in the Ganges River Basin. He has been involved with a variety of NGOs, working on income generation, capacity building, education, watershed management, and river advocacy. Though he has a variety of interests in the WASH sector, Chris has recently completed a project on street-level bureaucracy of intermittent water supply in Bangalore, India and is currently focusing his research at ERG on sanitation planning, capacity building, and technology decision-making in Indian cities. He has an M.A. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Banaras Hindu University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from ERG at UC Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Development Engineering. Chris enjoys creative writing and chai with friends from Berkeley to Bangalore.
- Capacity building and participatory planning in the sanitation sector
- A critical perspective of decentralization and decentralized systems of sanitation
- Policy and technology decision-making in sanitation
- Governance of stormwater green infrastructure
- Risk and sanitation
- Hyun, Christopher, Alison E. Post, and Isha Ray. “Frontline worker compliance with transparency reforms: Barriers posed by family and financial responsibilities.” Governance 31.1 (2018): 65-83. https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12268 (formerly “Why Street Level Bureaucrats Don’t Comply: Insights from the Water Valvemen of Bangalore”)
- Post, Alison E., Anustubh Agnihotri, and Christopher Hyun. “Using Crowd-Sourced Data to Study Public Services: Insights from Urban India.” Forthcoming. Studies in Comparative International Development.
Fellowships and Research Funding
- InFEWS (Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems) Fellow (NSF)
- Obama-Singh Initiative funding for fieldwork
- Development Impact Lab (USAID) funding for fieldwork
- Institute for International Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Grant for fieldwork
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
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