Hayley Joyell Smith
Hayley Joyell Smith is perpetually curious about the natural world and ways in which people relate to Nature. Her quest to understand Earth’s systems and cultures motivates factor in her international travels, education, and research. Smith is interested in how people show respect for water, build water and wastewater infrastructure, and adapt to changes. Her primary objective is to apply the geosciences toward humanitarian efforts. She enjoys building toilet systems and practicing permaculture in ecovillages and small communities.
Hayley Joyell is a doctoral student at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in the Water Resource Program. She teaches a Soils and Hydrology lab. Her dissertation explores the ethics, education, and social-ecological systems of sanitation. In the HEC lab she conducts qualitative analysis of the relationship among water infrastructure, environmental factors, and the lived experience of people in a rural village in El Salvador.
Smith received her BA from Hanover College where she majored in Geology and Philosophy. She earned her MSc in Earth Science from North Carolina State University. There she was part of the Geoscience Learning and Processing Lab. Hayley serves as a Director of the Board of PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human), a non-profit with a vision of having safe and equitable sanitation systems the restore health to soils, water, and our communities. You can learn more about her work and travels on her website: https://www.hayleyjoyellsmith.com/