The Cairns Lab strives to conduct engaged research, both at our field sites and in Dallas.

Cairns is additionally committed to forwarding policy-based and applied components of anthropological work.  Cairns completed a AAAS Fellowship, focused on Science & Technology Policy, where she was hosted at the US EPA Office of Research and Development’s National Exposure Research Laboratory.  Cairns has additionally collaborated with Water for People on the Monitoring & Evaluation of Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Bolivia, and has been a part of a range of engineering and anthropology collaborations and roundtables.