Associate Professor Hughes studies policy agendas, policy analysis, and governance processes, focusing on decisions about water resources and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Current projects examine the political and institutional dimensions of equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water in the U.S.; the role of municipal finances in drinking water management and investments; and urban climate change governance, including justice-centered approaches to building urban climate resilience.
Hughes, Sara. 2019. "Repowering Cities: Governing Climate Change Mitigation in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto," Cornell University Press
Hughes, Sara, Eric Chu, and Susan Mason. 2018. "Climate Change in Cities: Innovations in Multilevel Governance," Springer Press
Selected Books Articles:
Hughes, Sara, Sarah Dobie, Kirsten Schwarz, Genevieve LaMarr LeMee, Madeleine Lane, Andres Gonzalez. Forthcoming. “Centering Racial Justice in Urban Flood Resilience Policy and Planning: Tools for practitioners and stakeholders,” Environmental Justice
Hughes, Sara, Sarah Giest, and Laura Tozer. 2020. “Accountability and Data-Driven Urban Climate Governance,” Nature Climate Change 10: 1085-1090.
Hughes, Sara. 2020 “Flint, Michigan and the Politics of Safe Drinking Water in the US,” Perspectives on Politics, First View, pp. 1-14. doi:10.1017/S153759272000136X.
Hughes, Sara. 2020. “Principles, Drivers, and Policy Tools for Just Climate Change Adaptation in Legacy Cities,” Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 111, pp. 35-41.
Hughes, Sara and Matthew Hoffmann. 2020. “Just Urban Transitions: Toward a Research Agenda,” WIREs Climate Change, e640. doi: 10.1002/wcc.640
National Science Foundation, 2021-2024
“Feeling the Squeeze: How Financial Stress Shapes Decision-Making and the Resilience of Municipal Drinking Water Systems”
Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant, 2020-2024
“The 100 Resilient Cities Initiative: A Natural Experiment in the Politics of Creating a Sustainable World” (with Matthew Hoffmann, University of Toronto)
University of Michigan Poverty Solutions, 2020-2021
“Understanding How Poverty Affects Water Affordability in Detroit”
University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, 2020-2021
“Supporting Justice in Urban Climate Change Adaptation”
PhD in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara
Developing Water Policy Solutions that Ensure a Just and Resilient Future
Water is one of Earth’s most precious resources, and although it’s abundant, water quality and access are not always equitably distributed. How can we best support water and climate policy solutions that ensure a just, sustainable and resilient future? This is the focus of Sara Hughes’ work.