Sara Hughes

Assistant Professor in Environmental Politics and Policy at University of Michigan
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Professor Hughes' research focuses on the political and institutional dimensions of sustainable and equitable water and climate change policies, primarily in the urban context. Current projects examine the politics and production of safe and affordable drinking water in the U.S., the policy failures behind the Flint water crisis, and urban climate change governance, including equitable approaches to building urban climate resilience.

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  • An emergency manager sometimes overrides the preferences of the city council. When you’re under emergency management, the emergency manager trumps city council and the mayor. The emergency manager is the boss.

  • States aren’t maxing out what’s allowed under federal rules to really subsidize these projects for low-income communities. If we are seeing disparities in so many ways in drinking water access and affordability and communities not accessing funds, there’s an argument to be made that [states] should be aiming for the cap.

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