Kory is a PhD student in the Environmental Engineering & Science program of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and a member of the Poop Group. He is currently focusing his efforts on water supply and sanitation issues in rural Africa, specifically Mozambique. Additionally, Kory is currently working with fellow Poop Group member Sebastien Tilmans on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded low-cost toilet development project in Haiti called re.source.

Kory was born and grew up in Oregon and attended high school in Papua New Guinea. He received a BS in Environmental Biology and MS in Environmental Science from Taylor University. He spent 3 years serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, where he assisted in planning and helped realize several nationwide projects that focused on women’s empowerment, skills training, HIV prevention and science education.

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Fellowship, Taylor University (2003-2005)
  • Polhemus Fellowship, Stanford University (2009)
  • FLAS Fellowship, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University (2010)
  • Center For African Studies Summer Fellowship, Stanford University (2011)
  • Rotary District Scholar Fellowship, Rotary International (2011)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation (2011)
  • Phase 1 Grand Challenges Exploration Grant, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2011-2013)
  • EPA STAR Fellowship, United States Environmental Protection Agency (2011-2014)
  • Mel Lane Grant, The Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University (2012)
  • SEED Design Lab Grant, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) (2013)
  • Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability-Winner: Outstanding Overall Solution (re.source), Sustainable Silicone Valley (2013)
  • Graduate of Public Service (GPS) Fellowship, Hass Center, Stanford University (2013-2014)

Education & Certifications

  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University (2012)
  • M.E.S., Taylor University, Environmental Science (2005)
  • B.A., Taylor University, Environmental Biology (2003)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • User perceptions of and willingness to pay for household container-based sanitation services: experience from Cap Haitien, Haiti ENVIRONMENT AND URBANIZATION Russel, K., Tilmans, S., Kramer, S., Sklar, R., Tillias, D., Davis, J. 2015; 27 (2): 525-540
  • Container-based sanitation: assessing costs and effectiveness of excreta management in Cap Haitien, Haiti ENVIRONMENT AND URBANIZATION Tilmans, S., Russel, K., Sklar, R., Page, L., Kramer, S., Davis, J. 2015; 27 (1): 89-104
  • The challenge of global water access monitoring: evaluating straight-line distance versus self-reported travel time among rural households in Mozambique JOURNAL OF WATER AND HEALTH Ho, J. C., Russel, K. C., Davis, J. 2014; 12 (1): 173-183


    Support is growing for the incorporation of fetching time and/or distance considerations in the definition of access to improved water supply used for global monitoring. Current efforts typically rely on self-reported distance and/or travel time data that have been shown to be unreliable. To date, however, there has been no head-to-head comparison of such indicators with other possible distance/time metrics. This study provides such a comparison. We examine the association between both straight-line distance and self-reported one-way travel time with measured route distances to water sources for 1,103 households in Nampula province, Mozambique. We find straight-line, or Euclidean, distance to be a good proxy for route distance (R(2) = 0.98), while self-reported travel time is a poor proxy (R(2) = 0.12). We also apply a variety of time- and distance-based indicators proposed in the literature to our sample data, finding that the share of households classified as having versus lacking access would differ by more than 70 percentage points depending on the particular indicator employed. This work highlights the importance of the ongoing debate regarding valid, reliable, and feasible strategies for monitoring progress in the provision of improved water supply services.

    View details for DOI 10.2166/wh.2013.042

    View details for Web of Science ID 000338511500017

  • Water supply services for Africa's urban poor: the role of resale JOURNAL OF WATER AND HEALTH Zuin, V., Ortolano, L., Alvarinho, M., Russel, K., Thebo, A., Muximpua, O., Davis, J. 2011; 9 (4): 773-784


    In sub-Saharan Africa only 35% of the urban population has access to a piped water connection on their premises. The majority of households obtain water from public standpipes or from neighbors who are connected to the municipal network. Water resale is often prohibited, however, because of concerns about affordability and risks to public health. Using data collected from 1,377 households in Maputo, Mozambique, we compare the microbiological quality, as well as the time and money costs of water supply from individual house connections, public standpipes, and water obtained from neighbors. Households with their own water connections have better service across virtually all indicators measured, and express greater satisfaction with their service, as compared with those using other water sources. Households purchasing water from their neighbors pay lower time and money costs per liter of water, on average, as compared with those using standpipes. Resale competes favorably with standpipes along a number of service quality dimensions; however, after controlling for water supply characteristics, households purchasing water from neighbors are significantly less likely to be satisfied with their water service as compared with those using standpipes.

    View details for DOI 10.2166/wh.2011.031

    View details for Web of Science ID 000297599300016

    View details for PubMedID 22048436