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).
UBC’s Program on Water Governance hosted 3 sessions at the AAG annual meeting on Thursday April 14th 2011 in Seattle, WA, on the topic of Water governance and the politics of scale: A critical examination of water governance in a multi-scalar environment.
Over the past two decades, geographers have made advancements in addressing issues relating to the politics of scale and water governance independently. We suggest that together the discussions of “politics of scale” and “governance” will bring a more nuanced approach to governing flow resources such as water. For example, unpacking issues related to jurisdictional fragmentation and social construction of borders have both theoretical and practical value. In addition, an expanded relationship between theory and praxis, where academic learning and on-the-ground knowledge are exchanged, would enrich our understanding of the scalar challenges in water governance.
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On January 28th 2011 Dr. Karen Bakker was the guest speaker at “MP Breakfast Connections: the Most Important Meal of the Month” with Joyce Murray (MP for Vancouver Quadra).
Five Myths About Canada’s Water
Date: Friday, January 28th 2011
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 am
Location: Enigma Restuarant (4397 West 10 Avenue, Vancouver BC)
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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.
UN World Water Day (March 22nd), aims to draw attention to global water issues. In response, the Program on Water Governance collaborated with a number of local and international organizations, to host an evening event in Vancouver. The focus of the panel event was Water: Challenges and Opportunities in Western Canada and abroad.
The opening guest speaker was Canadian author Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent). Nikiforuk discussed the water energy nexus focusing on three areas: the impact of the tar sands on water, the Enbridge (Gateway) pipeline project, and hydrofracturing (a water-intense process that is used to release shale gas). Nikiforuk was joined by two more panelists: Chief Bob Chamberlin, chair of the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council, and Patrick Lucas, an environmental scientist and returned CUSO-VSO volunteer. The panel was moderated by Dr. Karen Bakker, director of the UBC Program on Water Governance (and author of Eau Canada: The Future of Canada’s Water).
Water: Challenges and Opportunities was held at UBC Robson Square. A 6 part video recording of Andrew Nikiforuk’s presentation at this event is available on You Tube:
The event was sponsored by Connecting Environmental Professionals, Tides Canada, Amnesty International, Program on Water Governance (UBC), Council of Canadians, Oxfam Canada, The Water Team, the Sauder School of Business (UBC) and Bullfrog Power.
This one day workshop, brought together the water security project partners, water professionals, policy makers and end users to engage in knowledge translation; a two-way flow of knowledge between participants and the research team. We solicited input on project deliverables such as the Water Security Primer, the Indicator Inventory and our Water Security Framework.
- Where: Liu Institute, UBC
- When: Tuesday 29th September, 2009