Borin Sun is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Harris School of Public Policy. Through this fellowship, she is assisting postdoctoral fellow Tamma Carleton on research which aims to develop the first causally-identified as well as globally-comprehensive empirical estimates of agriculture’s water footprint. Sun’s interest in agricultural development originated from her undergraduate studies at George Washington University, where she took advanced courses in agricultural policy, rural development as well as food security. In addition, during an internship with the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she contributed to key research and policy support for the Council’s annual publication on sustainable water management in agriculture. She also assisted with the Council’s research on Chinese investment on the development of the African water sector.

“I am interested in data-driven and evidence-based research in the field of international development and I believe that this fellowship is an amazing opportunity for me to apply my Harris education to resolve real world policy challenges. I hope that by the end of this internship, I can have a better understanding of the influence of agricultural policy on global water consumption.”