Hungerford, Hilary
Associate Professor - Earth Science
Pope Science 212b
Hungerford CV July 17
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -


I am a Human Geographer who studies the intersections of human and natural systems.  I work mostly on urban environmental issues in West Africa, specifically Niger and Senegal, with an emerging focus on water issues in Utah.   

I have worked in West Africa for the past 15 years.  After my undergraduate in Geography, I joined the Peace Corps where I served a rural community in Benin.  My program focused on health, and I developed a number of projects focused on environmental and community health.  

In graduate school at The University of Kansas (Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!) I shifted my focus to urban issues.  My dissertation focused on access to water in Niamey, the capital city of Niger.  Niamey is such an interesting city!  I have developed a few other projects focused on Niamey, specifically on urban forest governance and household practices, and the role of migrants in the city.  My interest in water has shifted from Niamey to Dakar, Senegal.  I work with community partners in studying water quality and access issues in the neglected suburban areas of the city.  

In Utah, my research looks at how politics, water, and identity intersect in urban and rural areas.  In Southern Utah, I have interviewed different actors on water rights, water use, and sustainability.  In Utah County, I am tracing water rights and development since the 1990s.  

I welcome any student interested in these issues!  Please contact me for more information. 

For some of my recent publications, visit my Google Scholar page