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Jenna Davis, MPH, PhD


  • Ph.D., Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Master of Science in Public Health
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Plan II Honors Program)
    University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Selected Public and Professional Service

  • Associate editor, Water Security

  • Member, working group on post-2015 sanitation monitoring

  • Faculty advisor, Stanford chapter, Engineers for a Sustainable World (2011-2015)

  • Member, Global Water Partnership Technical Committee (2005-2008)

  • Member, United Nations Millennium Development Task Force for Water and Sanitation (2003-2005)

Selected Publications

  • Y. Crider, S. Sultana, L. Unicomb, J. Davis, S. Luby, A. Pickering. 2018. Can you taste it? Taste detection and acceptability thresholds for chlorine residual in drinking water in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Science of the Total Environment 613-614: 840-846.

  • L. Steinbaum, S. Njenga, J. Kihara, A. Boehm, J. Davis, C. Null, and A. J. Pickering. 2016. Soil-transmitted helminth eggs are present in soil at multiple locations within households in rural Kenya. PLOS ONE 11(6): e0157780. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157780.

  • L.H. Kwong, A. Ercumen, A.J. Pickering, L. Unicomb, J. Davis, and S.P. Luby. 2016. Hand- and Object-Mouthing of Rural Bangladeshi Children 3–18 Months Old. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13(6), 563; doi:10.3390/ijerph13060563.

  • N. Amin, Y. Crider, L. Unicomb, K. Das, P. Gope, Z. Mahmud, M. Islam, J. Davis, S. Luby, and A. Pickering. 2016. Field trial of an automated batch chlorinator system at shared water points in an urban community of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Journal of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for Development 7(3). DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2016.027.

  • A. Harris, A. J. Pickering, M. Harris, S. Doza, M. S. Islam, L. Unicomb, S. Luby, J. Davis, A. B. Boehm. 2016. Ruminants contribute fecal contamination to the household environment in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Environmental Science & Technology, 50(9), 4642-4649. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b06282.
  • S. Tilmans, K. Russel, R. Sklar, L. Page, S. Kramer, and J. Davis. 2015. Container-based sanitation: assessing costs and effectiveness of excreta management in Cap Haitien, Haiti. Environment and Urbanization 2015 27: 89-104. doi: 10.1177/0956247815572746.
  • K. Russel, S. Tilmans, S. Kramer, R. Sklar, D. Tillias, and J. Davis. 2015. User perceptions of and willingness to pay for household container-based sanitation services: experience from Cap Haitien, Haiti. Environment and Urbanization 27(2): 525-540. doi: 10.1177/0956247815596522.

  • Amy J. Pickering, Yoshika Crider, Nuhu Amin, Valerie Bauza, Leanne Unicomb, Jennifer Davis, Stephen P. Luby. 2015. Differences in Field Effectiveness and Adoption between a Novel Automated Chlorination System and Household Manual Chlorination of Drinking Water in Dhaka, Bangladesh: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118397. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118397.
  • M. C. Mattioli, J. Davis, A. B. Boehm, 2015. Hand-to-mouth contacts result in greater ingestion of feces than dietary water consumption in Tanzania: A quantitative fecal exposure assessment model. Environmental Science & Technology 49 (3), pp 1912–1920. DOI: 10.1021/es505555f.
  • V. Zuin, L. Ortolano, and J. Davis. 2014. The entrepreneurship myth in small-scale private provision: Water resale in Maputo, Mozambique. Journal of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for Development 4(2): 281–292. doi:10.2166/washdev.2013.065.
  • M. C. Mattioli, A. B. Boehm, J. Davis, A. R. Harris, M. Mrisho, A. J. Pickering. 2014. Enteric pathogens in stored drinking water and on caregiver's hands in Tanzanian households with and without reported cases of child diarrhea. PLoS One, 9, e84939.
  • S. Marks, K. Komives, and J. Davis. 2014. Community participation and water supply sustainability: Evidence from handpump projects in rural Ghana. Journal of Planning Education and Research 34:276. doi: 10.1177/0739456X14527620.
  • S. Tilmans, A. Diaz-Hernandez, E. Nyman, J. Davis. 2014. Financing small-scale wastewater treatment through resource recovery: Experience from Bocas del Toro, Panama. Journal of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for Development 4(3): 449-459. doi:10.2166/washdev.2014.138.
  • R.P. Hall, E. Vance, E. van Houweling and J. Davis. 2014. Exploring the link between the productive use of rural piped water and system sustainability in Senegal Water Alternatives 7(3): 480-498.


Field Experience

  • Conducted research in Bangeldash, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, India, Indonesia (Java, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Bali, and Lombok), Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela and Zambia.

  • Supervised students carrying out research in Panama, Senegal, and Vietnam.