Ekta J. Patel

PhD Candidate, Environmental Policy, Duke University

Hi! I am a PhD candidate in Environmental Policy (with a concentration in Political Science) at Duke University.

I graduated from Harvard University with honors in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy and went to work at an education technology start-up for two years in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a native of Nairobi, Kenya and call Atlanta home.


My research interests include water supply governance, the politics of public service provision, and wildlife conservation.

Dissertation project

My dissertation project is on global water norms, desalination, and the role of public and private stakeholders in its adoption decisions.

Working papers



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I can be reached by email at ekta.patel@duke.edu.