Congratulations to Dr. Karen Bakker who was promoted to full Professor this summer; confirmation of her high standing at UBC.
It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Leila Harris as Associate Director of the Program on Water Governance. Dr Harris brings a wealth of international, interdisciplinary research experience on water, gender, and the environment. We look forward to her playing a leading role in the Program’s international work.
Leila Harris is currently Assistant Professor with the Institute of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability, and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her work examines social, cultural and political-economic dimensions of environmental and resource issues, especially in developing contexts. She comes to the Program on Water Governance with long held interest in water politics and governance, with much of her earlier work highlighting water politics, use, and access associated with large-scale transformations of the upper Tigris-Euphrates basin as part of Turkey’s GAP project. Leila has analyzed a range of issues linked to these ongoing changes, from gender and ethnic inequalities in relation to water use and access, to scalar narratives, to linkages between water-related development and state building in the politically marginalized southeastern Anatolia region. With respect to water governance, she is interested in comparative evaluation of recent water governance trends across sites, from democratized water governance, to privatization and commodification trends, with particular interest in these processes in South Africa, Ghana and Turkey. With funding from SSHRC, UBC’s Bridge program, and other sources, Leila is also working with students researching comparative water governance in Africa; issues related to multiple use water in Bolivia; gender and wastewater management in Buenos Aires; and gender and fisheries in the Philippines.
The Program on Water Governance 2009-2010 Annual Report is now available online. For more information on our Annual Reports click here.
Karen Bakker’s latest book “Privatizing Water: Governance failure and the World’s Urban Water Crisis” recently was awarded the 2011 Urban Affairs Association Annual Book Award (honourable mention)
In April 2011, Karen Bakker was awarded one of the Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 awards – she is one of the only social scientists ever to receive this award.
Read Linda Nowlan’s latest blog on groundwater issues in BC.
Dr. Karen Bakker made several media appearances to mark UN World Water Day (March 22nd) 2011:
Radio Canada: Sunday 20th March – Television interview (in French)
CKNW “The World Today” hosted by Jon McComb: Friday 18th March 4:14-4:20pm
She was also cited in Tom Axworthy’s opinion piece in the Toronto Star (published 21st March).
Welcome to the new look Program on Water Governance website. We hope you find this new format easier to use. Along with updated content, new added features include ‘search’ function, automatic newsletter subscribe button, RSS feeds and a cleaner look. Enjoy!
We have recently published two policy reports and submitted three journal articles related to our water security project research. These can be downloaded for free from our publications page.