This portion of my research interests comes from my other undergraduate major, Government. In a world where climate change is very real and where population expansion is putting more strain on the resources that we have, global freshwater conflict, issues of water quality and management, and ecological policy will be more important.
I have been fascinated by international relations and issues related to international conflict and national security for about as long as I knew that such things existed. With a lot of insight from Professor Brozek, I linked my government interests to freshwater resources.
It makes sense when you think about it: states govern boundaries, boundaries contain resources such as water, and the global population needs these resources. The less intuitive portion comes when we think about how states should govern their resources.
No matter how you look at it, humanity depends on water. Our earliest civilizations were founded on major waterways, and that is still true today. We use it for everything from consumption, processing, and agriculture to transportation, recreations, and life saving.
But, on a positive note, we know that there is a problem and we know that it is up to us to address it as best we can. And we have already taken great steps towards mitigating these issues. Water use, conservation, management, and conflict will increasingly dominate the lives, politics, and relations in the years to come. We need to know what we have, how it works, and what we can do to maintain the resources that we have left.