Kyle Onda

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  • Kyle Onda

    Summer Associate

    Kyle Onda is a Summer Associate at Croatan Institute, and is beginning a PhD in City & Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is training to become a mixed-methods social scientist, with methods expertise in policy-oriented quantitative and qualitative research design, sample survey design and fieldwork, data management, statistical analysis, GIS and spatial analysis, and data visualization and interpretation. He is broadly interested in interactions between environmental services infrastructure and management, water resources management, and economic development in the context of urbanization and climate change. His current academic research is on urban water utility reform in India.  

    Previously, Onda was a research assistant and graduate student at the Water Institute at UNC, where he conducted research on plumbing code enforcement by state and local governments in the United States, and global indicators for access to safe water. Mr. Onda went directly to UNC from Stanford University, where he studied environmental engineering and was a member of the Stanford Association for International Development. While there, he conducted research on rural water system sustainability in Senegal and Kenya, water resale business practices in Mozambique, and hygiene education and behavior change in Tanzania. He also volunteered at the South African Municipal Worker's Union in Cape Town on projects relating to water demand management in marginalized communities.

    Onda was born in Philadelphia but was raised in Los Angeles, CA, and Denver, CO, and is an avid hiker, skier and photographer. He currently resides in Carrboro, NC.

    Ph.D. student, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Royster Fellow
    M.C.R.P., City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Louise Venable Coker Award for Best Master's Project
    M.S.P.H., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health,              University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    ESE Acheivement Award
    B.S., with distinction, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
    Phi Beta Kappa


    French, Portuguese

    "Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends." Washington, DC: US SIF Foundation, November 2014 (with Joshua Humphreys et al).

    "Global Assessment of Exposure to Faecal Contamination through Drinking Water Based on a Systematic Review." Tropical Medicine & International Health (2014) doi:10.1111/tmi.12334 (with Rob Bain, Ryan Cronk, Rifat Hossain, Sophie Bonjour, Jim Wright, Hong Yang, Tom Slaymaker, Paul Hunter, Annette Prüss-Ustün, and Jamie Bartram).

    "Country Clustering Applied to the Water and Sanitation Sector: A New Tool with Potential Applications in Research and Policy." International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 217. no. 2 (2014): 379-385 (with Jonny Crocker, Georgia Lyn Kayser, and Jamie Bartram).

    "Does Sense of Ownership Matter for Rural Water System Sustainability? Evidence from Kenya." Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 3 no. 2 (2013): 122-133 (with Sarah J. Marks, and Jennifer Davis).

    "Global Access to Safe Water: Accounting for Water Quality and the Resulting Impact on MDG Progress.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9, no. 3 (2012): 880-894 (with Joe LoBuglio and Jamie Bartram).