Professor Davis to Receive the 2021 AWRA William R. Boggess Award


10.05.21 —  Professor Martha Davis has been selected to receive the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2021 William R. Boggess Award for her co-authored paper “An Experiment in Making Water Affordable: Philadelphia’s Tiered Assistance Program (TAP),”  which was published in the March 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

“Philadelphia’s approach to water affordability is a real innovation that deserves greater attention as consumers face rising water prices nationwide,” said Davis, who is a member of the expert committee for HumanRight2Water, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization that advocates for water and human rights.

Davis has written widely on human rights, women’s rights and social justice issues. Her most recent books include Covid-19 and Human Rights (Routledge, 2021) (co-editor) and Research Handbook on Poverty and Human Rights (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021) (co-editor). She is faculty director for Northeastern Law’s NuLawLab and Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) and leads PHRGE’s efforts to protect and promote the human right to water.

The William R. Boggess Award was established by AWRA in 1973 to honor the author of the best paper published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association during the previous year and to honor Boggess, a charter member of AWRA, one of the first directors, a past president of the association, a former editor and an individual who has made significant contributions to the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. The award will be presented at the annual AWRA Awards Luncheon Wednesday, November 10, 2021, which will be held in conjunction with the organization's Annual Water Resources Conference.

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