Florence Larocque

Study program:
Ph.D. Political Science
Current affiliation:
Columbia University

She analyzes the place of public utilities such as water supply and electricity in public policy - economic goods or social rights?

Access, affordability, and quality of drinking water and sanitation services in Latin America

Although water is essential to daily survival, it is unequally distributed among the population, and the development of drinking water and sanitation services varies significantly from one country to another, and even from one region to another within the same country.

The main objective of Florence’s research project is to explain the changes in the levels of access, affordability, and quality of drinking water and sanitation services in Latin America since 1990. The study will answer the following questions: Why are some drinking water and sanitation services not being improved even though they are inadequate? What is the reason for the differences in the affordability of these services in different countries or different regions of the same country?

Florence is a doctoral student in political science at Columbia University (New York) who is writing her thesis (under the direction of Maria Victoria Murillo) on public policies related to the development of drinking water systems in Latin America. She is also conducting a study (with Alain Noël, from the Université de Montréal) on social policies related to the Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Her other research interests include anti-poverty and social exclusion policies in western Europe and Canada, as well as democratic transitions in Latin America.
Florence earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies (2006) and a master’s in political science from the Université de Montréal. She studied at the Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires (2004) and did several research residencies in Europe (2007) and South America (2011-2015). Her articles have been published in Policy & Politics, Canadian Journal of Political Science and Politique et Sociétés. Her most recent chapter, “Kelowna’s Uneven Legacy: Aboriginal Poverty and Multilevel Governance in Canada,” co-written with Alain Noël, was published in 2015 in State of the Federation 2013: Aboriginal Multilevel Governance (edited by Martin Papillon and André Juneau, McGill-Queen’s University Press).

Experience as a Trudeau scholar

The Trudeau Scholarship supported my doctoral work at Columbia University (New York). My thesis examines the development of drinking water systems in Latin America over the last three decades and relies in particular on interviews and intensive archival research in the field. In addition to supporting these field studies, the scholarship allowed me to attend conferences in North and South America, expanding my network of contacts. My participation as a scholar in Trudeau Foundation events also led to new encounters and interdisciplinary discussions that have enriched my doctoral studies.