Prof. Karen Bakker

Photo of KarenKaren Bakker (Ph.D. Oxford, B.A.&Sc. McMaster University) is a Professor in the Department of Geography, a Canada Research Chair, and the Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s New College of Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Committed to interdisciplinarity, Dr Bakker collaborates with natural, social and medical scientists across a range of disciplines. Her current research focuses on water governance, the political economy of environmental change, and environmental politics. She has authored over 100 academic publications, including books with Oxford and Cornell University Press, and articles in leading journals such as Science and Global Environmental Change.

Dr Bakker also regularly acts as an advisor to governments, NGOs, and international organizations.

Dr Bakker is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship and a Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award. For more information see her website.