The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, is an interdisciplinary community of scholars that promotes research, provides educational opportunities, and builds linkages related to democracy and human development.
Kelsey Kennedy is currently working under the direction of Professor Marc Müller to investigate the effect that water availability has on conflict. She is evaluating the difference in conflict levels in regions upstream and downstream of dams before and after their construction. Her work involves data compilation and topographical analysis using Google Earth Engine. Kennedy began working with Professor Müller due to her interest in access to clean water, including both the causes and impacts of restricted access to water resources.
Kennedy is also interested in the advancement of renewable energy and sustainability initiatives.