New article: Whose input counts? Evaluating the process and outcomes of public consultation through the BC Water Act Modernization

This new article examines the role and outcomes of public consultation in policy making through the case study of British Columbia’s Water Act Modernization. The study analyses both the WAM consultation process and outcomes, highlighting patterns in alignment between the policy preferences of various submitter groups and the policies incorporated into the Water Sustainability Act.

Jollymore, A., McFarlane, K., Harris, L. (2017) Whose input counts? Evaluating the process and outcomes of public consultation through the BC Water Act ModernizationCritical Policy Studies, in press. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2017.1282377

The accepted manuscript of the published article is available here. A policy brief, summarizing the key messages and implications for decision makers from this article is available here.

New Book: Global Water Ethics

A new book titled ‘Global Water Ethics: Towards a Global Ethics Charter’ (Routledge, 2017) has just been published, edited by Rafael Ziegler and David Groenfeldt.

This edited collection assembles a range of perspectives on the theory and practice of water ethics. Contributions consider the difficult ethical and epistemological questions of water ethics in a global context, as well as offering local, empirical perspectives. Case study chapters focus on a range of countries including Canada, China, Germany, India, South Africa and the USA. The respective insights are brought together in the final section concerning the practical project of a universal water ethics charter, alongside theoretical questions about the legitimacy of a global water ethics.

The book includes a chapter from PoWG’s Lucy Rodina, titled ‘Reflections on water ethics and the human right to water in Khayelitsha, South Africa.’ In this chapter Lucy draws on her Masters and PhD research to provide situated reflections on the ethical implications of the widely-touted ‘human right to water’ for water distribution and access.

Further information and a discount offer is contained in the attached flyer.

New Article: “Standing on the shoulders of giants: Understanding changes in urban water practice through the lens of complexity science”

A newly published paper on the utility of complexity theory in enhancing urban water policy and practice – see below for details!

G. Dunn, R. R. Brown, J. J. Bos & K. Bakker (2016): Standing on the shoulders of giants: Understanding changes in urban water practice through the lens of complexity science, Urban Water Journal, DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2016.1241284. 


Members of the Program on Water Governance present a new journal article that analyzes the barriers and opportunities that decentralized water governance regimes in Canada pose to effective microbial risk assessment and management for drinking water and recreational water quality.

Full details on the study can be found in:

Dunn, G., Harris, L. and K. Bakker (2015) Microbial Risk Governance:
Challenges and Opportunities in Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 40(3): 273-249.

RA opportunity for Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law project

RA will be responsible for developing and leading a multi-platform social media campaign for the project. Prior knowledge of NationBuilder, WordPress, HTML, JavaScript and Bootstap an asset. 10 hours/week.

Please send CV and cover letter to by October 21, 2016.

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Call for Papers: AAG 2017

Decolonizing Water:
Indigenous water politics, resource extraction and settler colonialism

Please see PDF below for more details.

Deadline to submit proposal is October 20th, 2016.

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New opportunity: Funding for Masters, PhD and Post-Doctoral studentships available for Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law project

The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law project is currently welcoming applications from Masters, PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows interested in any of the following: sustainable water governance, Indigenous law, settler colonialism and resource industries, critical political economy, political ecology and community-based research.

Collaboration with Indigenous communities is a central mandate of the project.

If interested, please send an expression of interest, including a CV and cover letter (including research areas and potential universities of interest) to by October 30, 2016.

Please see the poster below for more details.

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New Policy Report on Colonial and Indigenous Water Governance in BC

A new project report has been released for the PoWG project on First Nations and the shifting water governance landscape of British Columbia, part of the SSHRC-funded WEPGN: Water Economics Policy and Governance Network.

The project report by PoWG co-director Dr. Leila Harris and PoWG alumna Rosie Simms summarizes the findings of Rosie’s masters research into the shifting roles and experiences of First Nations in water governance in British Columbia. In particular, it identifies key concerns about water licensing; barriers and challenges in colonial and water governance; and opportunities and tensions surrounding collaborative watershed governance.

Harris, L. & Simms, R. (2016). “All of the water that is in our reserves and that is in our territories is ours”: Colonial and indigenous water governance in unceded indigenous territories in British Columbia. Project Report. Canadian Water Network & Water, Economics, Policy and Governance Network. French version available here.

The main findings of this research and insights for decision makers are summarized in a policy brief, available in English and French.