Dr. Leila Harris

Leila M. Harris (PhD and MA Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BA University of California-Berkeley) is an Associate Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES) and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) at UBC.

Her current research focuses on the intersection of environmental issues and inequality / social difference (especially gender and ethnicity), water governance (particularly issues associated with ongoing neoliberalization shifts), and water politics and conflict (particularly in the Middle East and Turkey).

Related to water governance and politics, she is particularly interested in gender dimensions of recent water governance shifts (Gender, Place, and Culture, 2009), differential effects of water related changes for different populations (e.g. World Development, 2008) and across Northern and Southern contexts (review in Annals 2009), issues of scalar politics related to water resources (e.g. Political Geography, 2010), and narrative and discursive dimensions of water-related changes (e.g. Local Environment, 2009).  Her new project also investigates privatization and commodification of water governance shifts comparatively, in Turkey, Ghana and South Africa, with particular attention to narrative, identity, citizenship, and sense of belonging in relation to varied geographies of water access and changing water governance practices.

For a complete list of Leila’s publications click here.