González Rivas focuses on sustainable water policy, equity, and water governance. Through her research, she addresses how uneven access to water varies across communities and regions, and how planning can exacerbate or diminish such inequalities. Her work is concentrated Mexico and Latin America more broadly. She is currently focusing on COVID-19 responses to water access protection in the U.S. and Pittsburgh.



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 Equity, COVID-19 and the Role of US Cities and States” (with Mildred Warner and Xue Zhang). 2020, Town Planning Review
  • Which States and Cities Protect Their Residents from Water Disconnection in the COVID-19 pandemic?” (with Mildred Warner and Xue Zhang). 2020, Utilities Policy.  
  • “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