With a focus on Mexico, González Rivas researches social equity, and how people and places can overcome issues of marginalization. From the inequality of water among indigenous people, to regional economic inequality, her goal is to understand how planning, community development processes, and new technologies might be able to reverse these trends.  


Teaching and Research Areas

González Rivas’ research focuses on these key areas:

  • Water governance
  • Sustainable development
  • Regional inequality
  • Community development


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • “Water governance paradigm change: responses from civil society beyond the privatization debate in Mexico City.” Forthcoming.
  • “Analyzing the Potential of Community Water Systems—The Case of AguaClara.” 2014, Water Policy. Vol. 16: 557-577.
  • “Decentralization, Community Participation, and Improvement of Water Access in Mexico.” 2014. Community Development. Vol. 45.



Other Faculty or Academic Positions

  • Member, Faculty Advisory Board, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh
  • Member, Diversity Committee, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh
  • Member, Planning and Budget Committee, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh