DCRP Lecture: Earthea Nance

Lecture | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Sustainable infrastructure planning is critical in all places. But in the developing world, the lack of basic water and sanitation services for over three billion people still contributes to disease, death, low productivity, and poor school attendance (especially for girls). Brazil is a critical case for examining the role of innovation, community participation, and discourse in transforming the sanitation sector on a large scale. Known locally as condominial sewers, the new technology is making sanitation services more inclusive. In this presentation, the author will shed light on the driving discourses of development that emerged during the innovation period, and will introduce techniques for measuring participation and infrastructure performance.

Dr. Eartha Nance is a certified floodplain manager and a board-licensed professional civil engineer with over 15 years of practice in the environmental engineering field. During New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Nance served as a public official providing expertise in disaster mitigation and environmental management. During a three-year tenure she raised and managed over $59 million in recovery-related grants, created new municipal divisions in hazard mitigation and alternative energy, and spearheaded the development of citywide plans for sustainability and hazard mitigation.

Dr. Nance is interested in the intersection of environmental hazards, community participation, and urban infrastructure in complex settings such as vulnerable communities, developing countries, and high-hazard areas. She is currently Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, and of Political Science at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.