Staff and Board: Misha Hutchings

Senior Research Associate

Misha Hutchings is a senior research associate with the Pacific Institute’s International Water and Communities Initiative. Her current work focuses on implementation of a decision-making support tool in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) (see Community Choices Tool prototype at — and the development of mobile-to-web-technology-based crowd-sourced mapping to support improvements in WASH services. Her research interests include participatory resource management, conflict and water, sustainable water use, and low-cost sanitation, in the international context.

Before coming to the Pacific Institute, she authored and contributed to water quality assessment reports for local shire councils in eastern Australia while a visiting scholar in Water Resource Management at the Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society. During graduate school, Ms. Hutchings worked on several water research projects in the Southeast Asia and the south Pacific regions, and was associate editor for The Journal of Environment & Development.

Ms. Hutchings holds a Masters degree in International Environmental Policy from the University of California San Diego and a B.A. in Linguistics from Reed College.