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CONGRATS TO SEJIN UM FOR COMPLETION OF HER MA DEGREE IN GRSJ

EDGES member Sejin Um successfully completed her MA degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) at UBC. Her MA thesis is titled, “Why Do Young Women Leave Conglomerates? Gender and the Militarized Workplace in South Korea.” She will be joining the doctoral program in sociology at New York University in fall 2019. Abstract: […]

NEW PUB: Wilson et al.: Water is Medicine: Reimagining Water Security through Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Relationships to Treated and Traditional Water Sources in Yukon, Canada

EDGES alumna Nicole J. Wilson, EDGES member Leila M. Harris and colleagues published an article titled, “Water is Medicine: Reimagining Water Security through Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Relationships to Treated and Traditional Water Sources in Yukon, Canada” in Water. Abstract: There is growing acknowledgement that the material dimensions of water security alone are inadequate; we also need […]

CONGRATS TO ANDREA ON HER NEW JOB!

CONGRATS TO ANDREA ON HER NEW JOB!

From fall 2019, EDGES alumna Andrea Marston will start as an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at Rutgers University. Andrea was a member of EDGES and PoWG from 2010-2012, while she was obtaining her MA in Geography at UBC. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, natural resource use/extraction, and land-based group identities. For […]

CONGRATS TO MEGAN PELOSO ON HER NEW JOB!

CONGRATS TO MEGAN PELOSO ON HER NEW JOB!

EDGES alumna Megan Peloso is based in Smithers, BC and works as a Land and Resource Coordinator with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. In her role with the Skeena Regional Initiatives team, Megan applies her background in watershed sustainability and governance to modernized land use planning. Megan graduated in May 2014 […]

NEW PUB: WUTICH ET AL.: HOUSEHOLD WATER SHARING: A REVIEW OF WATER GIFTS, EXCHANGES, AND TRANSFERS ACROSS CULTURES

Leila Harris co-authored an article, “Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures” in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water.  Abstract: Water sharing offers insight into the everyday and, at times, invisible ties that bind people and households with water and to one another. Water sharing can take many forms, including so‐called […]

NEW PUB: RAMÓN-HIDALGO AND HARRIS: SOCIAL CAPITAL, POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT AND SOCIAL DIFFERENCE: A MIXED-METHODS STUDY OF AN ECOTOURISM PROJECT IN THE RURAL VOLTA REGION OF GHANA

EDGES member Leila M. Harris and Ana-Elia Ramón-Hidalgo published an article titled, “Social Capital, political empowerment and social difference: a mixed-methods study of an ecotourism project in the rural Volta region of Ghana,” in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Abstract: Claims abound regarding the empowering possibilities of community-based natural resources management (CBNRM). Social capital is […]

NEW PUB: SHAH ET AL.: DOES HOUSEHOLD CAPITAL MEDIATE THE UPTAKE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND, CROP, AND LIVESTOCK ADAPTATIONS? EVIDENCE FROM THE INDO-GANGETIC PLAINS (INDIA)

EDGES member Sameer H. Shah and colleagues published an article titled, “Does household capital mediate the uptake of agricultural land, crop, and livestock adaptations? Evidence from the Indo-Gangetic Plains (India),” in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. Abstract: Farmers in the Indo-Gangetic Plains produce much of the wheat and rice grown in India. However, food production and […]

NEW PUB: RODINA: DEFINING “WATER RESILIENCE”: DEBATES, CONCEPTS, APPROACHES, AND GAPS

EDGES alumna Lucy Rodina published an article titled “Defining “water resilience”: Debates, concepts, approaches, and gaps” in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. Abstract: Resilience is increasingly applied the context of water systems, and water governance more broadly, in response to climate change impacts, hydrologic variability and uncertainty associated with various dimensions of global environmental change. However, the […]

NEW PUB: STOLER ET AL.: HOUSEHOLD WATER SHARING: A MISSING LINK IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH

Leila M. Harris co-authored an article titled, “Household water sharing: a missing link in international health,” in International Health. Abstract: Water insecurity massively undermines health, especially among impoverished and marginalized communities. Emerging evidence shows that household-to-household water sharing is a widespread coping strategy in vulnerable communities. Sharing can buffer households from the deleterious health effects that […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY RODINA ON HER NEW JOB!

CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY RODINA ON HER NEW JOB!

EDGES alumna Lucy Rodina recently moved to Ottawa and is now working as a Policy Analyst in the Policy and Results Branch at Infrastructure Canada, working on resilience, green infrastructure and environmental quality files. To see more information about Infrastructure, click here: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/index-eng.html To see more information about what the federal government does with respect to green infrastructure, […]

NEW PUB: SHAH ET AL.: UNPACKING SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATIONS: CONCEPTUAL, ETHICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL INSIGHTS

Sameer H. Shah, Lucy Rodina, Jenn M. Burt, Edward J. Gregr, Mollie Chapman, Steve Williams, Nicole J Wilson, and Graham McDowell co-authored an article titled, “Unpacking social-ecological transformations: Conceptual, ethical and methodological insights” in The Anthropocene Review. Abstract: Social-ecological systems contribute to environmental change and, in turn, face its corresponding shocks and disturbances. As scholarship on […]

NEW PUB: MCDOWELL ET AL.: ADAPTATION ACTION AND RESEARCH IN GLACIATED MOUNTAIN SYSTEMS: ARE THEY ENOUGH TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

EDGES member Graham McDowell co-authored an article titled, “Adaptation action and research in glaciated mountain systems: Are they enough to meet the challenge of climate change?” in Global Environmental Change. Abstract: The challenge of climate change in glaciated mountain systems is significant and cannot be met without adaptation actions and research that addresses the interwoven […]

NEW PUB: PELOSO, MORINVILLE AND HARRIS: WATER SCARCITY BEYOND CRISIS: SPOTLIGHT ON ACCRA

Megan Peloso, Cynthia Morinville, and Leila M. Harris published an essay titled “Water Scarcity Beyond Crisis: Spotlight on Accra” as part of the essays on Parched Cities, Parched Citizens in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR). Peloso, M., Morinville, C. and L.M. Harris. (2018). Water Scarcity Beyond Crisis: Spotlight on Accra. International […]

NEW PUB: Ford et al.: Vulnerability and its discontents: the past, present, and future of climate change vulnerability research

EDGES member Graham McDowell co-authored an article titled, “Vulnerability and its discontents: the past, present, and future of climate change vulnerability research.” Abstract: The concept of vulnerability is well established in the climate change literature, underpinning significant research effort. The ability of vulnerability research to capture the complexities of climate-society dynamics has been increasingly questioned, […]

New SSHRC-Funded Project: Comparative Analysis of Non-material Dimensions of Water Insecurities

Leila M. Harris and her three collaborators, W. Jepson, M. Galvin, and S. Walsh, have a new SSHRC-funded project! Awarded the Insight Grant from SSHRC, the project “Beyond Access: Comparative Analysis of Non-material Dimensions of Water Insecurities,” has three goals. First, it advances conceptualization and empirical evidence for non-material elements of water insecurity. Second, it examines […]

NEW PUB: MCFARLANE AND HARRIS: SMALL SYSTEMS, BIG CHALLENGES: REVIEW OF SMALL DRINKING WATER SYSTEM GOVERNANCE

Kiely McFarlane and Leila M. Harris published an article titled, “Small systems, big challenges: Review of small drinking water system governance.” in Environmental Reviews. Abstract: Small drinking water systems (SDWS) are widely identified as presenting particular challenges for drinking water management and governance in industrialised nations because of their small customer base, geographic isolation, and limited human […]

NEW RESOURCE OUT: LESSONS FROM THE EU APPROACH TO GOVERNING SMALL DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS

Ana Elia Ramón-Hidalgo, Kiely McFarlane, Emily Raab and Leila M. Harris compiled a policy brief that draws together insights from recent reports on the state of small drinking water systems in the EU, and evaluations of the EU Drinking Water Directive. The brief aims to highlight key themes and considerations that might be of interest for […]

NEW RESOURCE OUT: BIBLIOGRAPHY OF GOVERNANCE OF SMALL DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS

Kiely McFarlane compiled a bibliography of recent sources related to the governance of small drinking water systems. This bibliography identifies academic publications from 1990-June 2018 that examine one or more aspects of the governance of SDWS in industrialised countries. Key themes in the publications are summarised in a literature review on the challenges, causes, solutions, […]

NEW PUB: BOOK REVIEW – MOUNTAIN ICE AND WATER: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE IN ALPINE ENVIRONMENTS

Graham McDowell published a book review of “Mountain Ice and Water: Investigations of the Hydrologic Cycle in Alpine Environments.” in Mountain Research and Development. To view article, click link below link: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1659/mrd.mm224#

NEW PUB: LUKER AND HARRIS: DEVELOPING NEW URBAN WATER SUPPLIES: INVESTIGATING MOTIVATIONS AND BARRIERS TO GROUNDWATER USE IN CAPE TOWN

EDGES alumna Emma Luker, and Leila M. Harris co-authored an article titled, “Developing new urban water supplies: Investigating motivations and barriers to groundwater use in Cape Town” in International Journal of Water Resources Development. Abstract: Many cities are experiencing increasing water resource stress. In Cape Town, South Africa, surface water supplies are at a record […]

NEW OP-ED ON NATIONAL POST: TRUMP’S ‘ALL-OUT EFFORT’ ON CLIMATE IS DERELICT AND RISKY

EDGES member Sameer H. Shah and Scott McKenzie, and Devyani Singh published an op-ed piece on National Post, titled “Trump’s ‘all-out effort- on climate is derelict and risky.” This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the […]

CONGRATS TO GRAHAM ON HIS AUTHORSHIP IN IPCC!

EDGES member Graham McDowell becomes Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Contributing Author! Graham was invited to contribute given his unique expertise in human adaptation to climate change in high mountain regions. Graham is a PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES) at UBC. He holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management […]

NEW PUB: KLEIBER ET AL.: GENDER AND MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: A CASE STUDY OF DANAJON BANK, PHILIPPINES

EDGES alumna Danika Kleiber, Leila Harris, and Amanda C.J. Vincent published an article titled, “Gender and Marine Protected Areas: A case study of Danajon Bank, Philippines.” in Maritime Studies. Abstract: In this paper, we examine the role of gender in community-based management of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Central Philippines. MPAs are a common […]

CONGRATS TO NICOLE ON HER POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP!

EDGES alumna Dr. Nicole J. Wilson was awarded a Mitacs Elevate post-doctoral fellowship to conduct research in partnership with Carcross/Tagish First Nation. The project will develop strategies to implement Chapter 14 of the First Nation’s land claim agreement based on their traditional water laws. She is working under the supervision of Gordon Christie in the Peter A. […]

DANIKA KLEIBER’S TALK FROM ARC SYMPOSIUM – “COUNTING THE INVISIBLE”

In July 2018, EDGES alumna Dr. Danika Kleiber presented her talk, “Counting the Invisible – The Science of Feminism & Fisheries” in the ARC Symposium hosted by WorldFish, ARC Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, and James Cook University in Australia. Dr. Kleiber recently started a joint three-year Postdoctroal Research position with the ARC Center […]

NEW PUB: WUTICH ET AL.: HOUSEHOLD WATER SHARING: A REVIEW OF WATER GIFTS, EXCHANGES, AND TRANSFERS ACROSS CULTURES

NEW PUB: WUTICH ET AL.: HOUSEHOLD WATER SHARING: A REVIEW OF WATER GIFTS, EXCHANGES, AND TRANSFERS ACROSS CULTURES

Leila Harris is a co-author on a recent article “Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures” by Wutich. A., Budds, J., Jepson, W. et al. published in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Water. Abstract: Water sharing offers insight into the everyday and, at times, invisible ties that bind people and households […]

NEW PUB: HARPER ET AL.: INDIGENOUS WOMEN RESPOND TO FISHERIES CONFLICT AND CATALYZE CHANGE IN GOVERNANCE ON CANADA’S PACIFIC COAST

Leila M. Harris is a co-author on a recent article, “Indigenous women respond to fisheries conflict and catalyze change in governance on Canada’s Pacific Coast” by Harper, S., Salomon, A.K., Newell, D., Waterfall, P.H., Brown, K., Harris, L.M., and Sumaila, U.R. published in Maritime Studies. Abstract: While the agency of individuals has been identified as a key […]

NEW PUB: NICOLE WILSON ET AL.: DATA QUALITY FROM A COMMUNITY-BASED, WATER-QUALITY MONITORING PROJECT IN THE YUKON RIVER BASIN

NEW PUB: NICOLE WILSON ET AL.: DATA QUALITY FROM A COMMUNITY-BASED, WATER-QUALITY MONITORING PROJECT IN THE YUKON RIVER BASIN

EDGES member Nicole Wilson co-authored an article in Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, titled “Data Quality from a Community-Based, Water-Quality Monitoring Project in the Yukon River Basin.” Abstract: This paper examines the quality of data collected by the Indigenous Observation Network, a community-based water-quality project in the Yukon River Basin of Alaska and Canada. The Indigenous […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR.DANIKA KLEIBER ON HER NEW JOB!

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR.DANIKA KLEIBER ON HER NEW JOB!

We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Danika Kleiber, EDGES and IRES alumna, on her new job. Dr. Kleiber has just started a joint three-year Postdoctroal Research position with the ARC Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, and WorldFish. She will be based in Townsville, Australia and working at James Cook University where she will […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY RODINA FOR COMPLETING HER DOCTORAL THESIS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY RODINA FOR COMPLETING HER DOCTORAL THESIS!

EDGES member Lucy Rodina’s doctoral thesis, “Tracing and situating water resilience across scales”, is now complete and available online! Abstract Under increasing urbanization and climate change impacts, many cities today are facing higher risks of water scarcity, flooding, or water pollution. Building resilience in the water sector is widely recognized as a key objective across […]

NEW PUBLICATION: WILSON AND INKSTER: Respecting water: Indigenous water governance, ontologies, and the politics of kinship on the ground

NEW PUBLICATION: WILSON AND INKSTER: Respecting water: Indigenous water governance, ontologies, and the politics of kinship on the ground

Nicole Wilson and Jody Inkster published an article in Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, titled “Respecting water: Indigenous water governance, ontologies, and the politics of kinship on the ground.” Abstract: Indigenous peoples often view water as a living entity or a relative, to which they have a sacred responsibility. Such a perspective frequently conflicts […]

NEW PUBLICATION: SHAH AND RODINA: WATER ETHICS, JUSTICE, AND EQUITY IN SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS CONSERVATION: LESSONS FROM THE QUEENSLAND WILD RIVERS ACT

NEW PUBLICATION: SHAH AND RODINA: WATER ETHICS, JUSTICE, AND EQUITY IN SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS CONSERVATION: LESSONS FROM THE QUEENSLAND WILD RIVERS ACT

Sameer H. Shah and Lucy Rodina published an article titled “Water ethics, justice, and equity in social-ecological systems conservation: lessons from the Queensland Wild Rivers Act” in Water Policy. Abstract: The protection of natural rivers and watersheds face important concerns related to environmental (in)justice and (in)equity. Using the Queensland Wild Rivers Act as a case […]

NEW PUBLICATION: TORIO: LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR METRO MANILA’S IMPOVERISHED HOUSEHOLDS

NEW PUBLICATION: TORIO: LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR METRO MANILA’S IMPOVERISHED HOUSEHOLDS

Philamer C. Torio has published an article in Water Policy, titled “Leveling the playing field for metro Manila’s impoverished households.” Abstract: Metro Manila’s water privatization is one of the world’s largest and longest-running privatization programs for a water utility. While traditional efficiency metrics show significantly improved service levels under this schema, local anti-privatization activists maintain that […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLE J. WILSON ON FINISHING HER PHD!

EDGES congratulates Nicole J. Wilson on finishing her PhD! Nicole’s doctoral dissertation is titled “”More precious than gold”: Indigenous water governance in the context of Modern land claims in Yukon” and can be read here. Abstract: Water governance is a priority for Indigenous peoples, whose complex relationships to water are essential to material and cultural […]

NEW PUBLICATION: YATES & HARRIS: HYBRID REGULATORY LANDSCAPES: THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER, VARIEGATED NEOLIBERAL WATER GOVERNANCE, AND POLICY TRANSFER IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, AND ACCRA, GHANA (FREE UNTIL JUL 15)

NEW PUBLICATION: YATES & HARRIS: HYBRID REGULATORY LANDSCAPES: THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER, VARIEGATED NEOLIBERAL WATER GOVERNANCE, AND POLICY TRANSFER IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, AND ACCRA, GHANA (FREE UNTIL JUL 15)

Julian S. Yates and Leila M. Harris have published an article in World Development, titled “Hybrid regulatory landscapes: The human right to water, variegated neoliberal water governance, and policy transfer in Cape Town, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana.” Abstract: Drawing on an analysis of water access and supply in Cape Town (South Africa) and Accra (Ghana), […]

LEILA HARRIS PRESENTED AT RECENT CONFERENCE ON WATER IN MENA

LEILA HARRIS PRESENTED AT RECENT CONFERENCE ON WATER IN MENA

On April 19th, Leila Harris presented at a conference Day Zero: Water, Climate Change & Governance in MENA, hosted by USC Dana and David Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Leila Harris presented “Water Conflict and (In)securities in Southeastern Turkey: Navigating Difference, Inequality, and Statecraft.” She focused on Southeastern Anatolia to show the intersection of environmental […]

CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGAN PELOSO ON HER NEW POSITION!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGAN PELOSO ON HER NEW POSITION!

We congratulate IRES and EDGES Alumna Megan Peloso (MA) on her new position as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance, where she develops creative engagement tools to advance freshwater health across BC. Megan is based out of Smithers in the Northwest region of British Columbia. Megan earned an MA at IRES in Natural Resource Management […]

INTERVIEW WITH EMMA LUKER, EDGES ALUMNI AND PLANNING ANALYST

INTERVIEW WITH EMMA LUKER, EDGES ALUMNI AND PLANNING ANALYST

EDGES alumni Emma Luker has been featured in an interview by IRES to share her experience in her new job as Planning Analyst in UBC’s Campus + Community Planning Department, with a dual role in the Public Engagement and Sustainability + Engineering units. Emma obtained her MSc in Resource Management and Environmental Studies in August 2017, as […]

NEW OP-ED ON WATER SAVINGS STRATEGIES IN CAPE TOWN

NEW OP-ED ON WATER SAVINGS STRATEGIES IN CAPE TOWN

Cape Town could become the world’s first major city to run out of water – what’s been termed Day Zero. The city has done a great deal of work to manage water use, even winning multiple awards, although equity concerns have frequently been raised in relation to these efforts. In light of the ongoing drought, […]

NEW PUBLICATION: TREMBLAY & HARRIS: CRITICAL VIDEO ENGAGEMENTS: EMPATHY, SUBJECTIVITY AND CHANGING NARRATIVES OF WATER RESOURCES THROUGH PARTICIPATORY VIDEO (FREE UNTIL APR 22)

Crystal Tremblay and Leila Harris have published an article in Geoforum, titled “Critical video engagements: Empathy, subjectivity and changing narratives.” Abstract: This article engages a critical feminist analysis of a community-based participatory video (PV) process focused on water and sanitation issues in underserved settlements of Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa. With focus on […]

UPCOMING SEMINAR: DR.HARRIS AT TEXAS A&M “IMPLEMENTING, NARRATING, AND RESISTING THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER”

In February 26, 2018, Dr. Leila Harris will present a seminar titled “Implementing, Narrating, and Resisting the Human Right to Water” at Texas A&M University. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography at Texas A&M and the Water Security Initiative o Click below to view full information: http://calendar.tamu.edu/geosciences/#event_id/37567/view/event/date/20180226d        

New Publication: McDowell & Koppes: Robust adaptation research in high mountains

New Publication: McDowell & Koppes: Robust adaptation research in high mountains

Graham McDowell and Michele Koppes have published an article in Water, titled “Robust Adaptation Research in High Mountains: Integrating the Scientific, Social, and Ecological Dimensions of Glacio-Hydrological Change.” Abstract: Climate-related changes in glacierized watersheds are widely documented, stimulating adaptive responses among the 370 million people living in glacier-influenced watersheds as well as aquatic and riparian […]

New Publication: Peloso & Harris: Pathways for Participatory Water Governance in Ashaiman, Ghana

New Publication: Peloso & Harris: Pathways for Participatory Water Governance in Ashaiman, Ghana

EDGES members Megan Peloso and Leila Harris have published a new article in Society and Natural Resources titled “Pathways for Participatory Water Governance in Ashaiman, Ghana: Learning from Institutional Bricolage and Hydrosocial Perspectives.” Abstract: Coupling a hydrosocial perspective with institutional bricolage, this research considers possibilities for participatory water governance in Ashaiman, a peri-urban settlement of Accra, […]

Congratulations to Dr. Crystal Tremblay!

Congratulations to Dr. Crystal Tremblay!

EDGES Postdoctoral Fellow Crystal Tremblay has been appointed as the Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Victoria. Read the full statement here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/index.php/2017/10/17/dr-crystal-tremblay-appointed-special-advisor-on-community-engaged-scholarship-at-university-of-victoria/

New Publication: Harris & Rodina: Water Materialities and Citizen Engagement

New Publication: Harris & Rodina: Water Materialities and Citizen Engagement

EDGES members Leila Harris and Lucy Rodina were part of a team that collaborated on an article titled “Water Materialities and Citizen Engagement: Testing the Implications of Water Access and Quality for Community Engagement in Ghana and South Africa.” Abstract: We analyze the relationship between perceptions of domestic water access, and quality, in relation community […]

Congratulations to Sameer!

Congratulations to Sameer!

  In November 2017, Sameer Shah was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 Nehru Humanitarian Award in the Memory of Prem Goel. The award is given to the graduate student judged to have the most promising research program related to South Asia. Sameer will be accepting the award on November 17 and will be presenting his work with the Centre […]

New Publication: Rodina & Harris – Water, equity and resilience in Southern Africa

New Publication: Rodina & Harris – Water, equity and resilience in Southern Africa

EDGES members Lucy Rodina and Leila Harris are part of a team that collaborated on an article, “Water, equity and resilience in Southern Africa: future directions for research and practice” that was published in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Abstract: Drawing from the proceedings of an expert workshop with academics, researchers, government and NGO participants working […]

Congrats to Emma Luker on her new position as a Planning Analyst with UBC’s Campus + Community Planning Department!

Congrats to Emma Luker on her new position as a Planning Analyst with UBC’s Campus + Community Planning Department!

Congratulations to Emma, a recent EDGES graduate, on her new position as a Planning Analyst with UBC’s Campus + Community Planning Department! Emma will be working with the teams from Public Engagement and Sustainability + Engineering on work related to UBC’s Strategic Plan and Integrated Stormwater Management Plan, as well as general climate change action […]

Congrats to Emma Luker on finishing her MSc!

Congrats to Emma Luker on finishing her MSc!

EDGES congratulates Emma Luker on finishing her MSc this summer!  Emma’s thesis is titled “Transitioning towards water supply diversification : possibilities for groundwater in Cape Town, South Africa” and can be read here. Summary: New options for urban water management are being considered as cities experience increasing stress on their water resources. In the City of […]

New Publication: Harris et al: Negotiated Resilience

New Publication: Harris et al: Negotiated Resilience

L. Harris published an article with E. Chu, and G. Ziervogel that develops the concept of “Negotiated Resilience.” Harris, L., E. Chu, G. Ziervogel (2017). Negotiated Resilience. Resilience: International policies, practices and discourses. 1-19 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21693293.2017.1353196 Abstract: Resilience thinking has been roundly critiqued for not accounting for the political – and inherently power-laden – structures that shape decision-making. In […]

New Policy Brief: Shah on Trade-Off Rules for Irrigation Water Re-Allocation

New Policy Brief: Shah on Trade-Off Rules for Irrigation Water Re-Allocation

  S. Shah (2017) Policy Brief: Trade-off rules for irrigation water re-allocation: Global issues and case study insights for the Angat River Basin (Philippines). The University of British Columbia. Many countries, including India, China, and those in sub-Saharan Africa are re-allocating water away from irrigation and deprioritizing water’s use in farming (see cases by Wagle et […]

New Publication: Jepson, Harris, Shah, et al.: Advancing human capabilities for water security: A relational approach

New Publication: Jepson, Harris, Shah, et al.: Advancing human capabilities for water security: A relational approach

EDGES members L. Harris and S. Shah were part of a team that recently collaborated on an article in Water Security that re-conceptualizes water security in relation to broader social and political relations, and human capabilities. The article can be found here.

New Publication: Shah & Zerriffi: Urban water demand, climatic variation, and irrigation-water insecurity: interactive stressors and lessons for water governance from the Angat River basin (Philippines)

New Publication: Shah & Zerriffi: Urban water demand, climatic variation, and irrigation-water insecurity: interactive stressors and lessons for water governance from the Angat River basin (Philippines)

  S. Shah and H. Zerriffi have published an article in Water International, on the combined effects of climatic variation and intersectoral water competition in the Angat Reservoir. Abstract: Climatic variation and intersectoral water competition increasingly challenge the effective provision of irrigation services. This article explores their combined effects on irrigation allocation from the Angat Reservoir […]

New Publication: Shah, Angeles, & Harris: Worlding the Intangibility of Resilience: The Case of Rice Farmers and Water-Related Risk in the Philippines

New Publication: Shah, Angeles, & Harris: Worlding the Intangibility of Resilience: The Case of Rice Farmers and Water-Related Risk in the Philippines

S. Shah, L. Angeles, and L. Harris have recently published an article in World Development on the “social turn” of resilience, using the case of rice farmers in the Philippines. Summary: Agricultural livelihoods are resilient when capable of enduring and overcoming socio-environmental stressors. The “Sustainable Livelihoods Approach”, popularized in development programs, frequently targets farmer capacities […]

New op-ed on planning for resilience in Cape Town

Cape Town is facing one of its worst droughts in over a century. Facing acute water shortages and lower than average winter rainfalls, the City of Cape Town is planning for emergency water supply and is considering new approaches to water in the longer term. While the immediate pressures to supply water will likely require […]

EDGES WELCOMES DR. MAYURI SENGUPTA, A BANTING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

EDGES WELCOMES DR. MAYURI SENGUPTA, A BANTING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

EDGES is pleased to welcome new postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Mayuri Sengupta. Dr. Sengupta is a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her work focuses on the gendered implications of local forest management in Tripura (Northeast India) by drawing attention to how tribal women are subjected to particular forms […]

New Policy Brief: Luker and Rodina on Drought Management in Cape Town

Luker, E. & L. Rodina (2017) Policy brief: The Future of Drought Management for Cape Town- Summary for Policy Makers. The University of British Columbia, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. The City of Cape Town (CCT), and South Africa in general, have been experiencing significant water shortages due to the ongoing drought. In early April 2017, […]

New Publication: Yates, Wilson & Harris: Multiple Ontologies of Water: politics, conflict and implications for governance

New Publication: Yates, Wilson & Harris: Multiple Ontologies of Water: politics, conflict and implications for governance

EDGES alumnus J. Yates and member N. Wilson and L. Harris have recently published a new article concerning multiple ontologies of water and governance implications. J. Yates, N. Wilson, L. Harris. (in press, 2017). Multiple Ontologies of Water: politics, conflict and implications for governance Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.  Abstract: Public consultation has become […]

New Publication: Ziervogel, Harris, Rodina et al: Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience: a focus on everyday risk

New Publication: Ziervogel, Harris, Rodina et al: Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience: a focus on everyday risk

EDGES members L. Harris and L. Rodina were part of a team that recently collaborated on a new article on social justice and urban resilience. G. Ziervogel, M. Pelling, A. Cartwright, E. Chu, T. Deshpande, L. Harris, K. Hyams, J. Kaunda, B. Klaus, K. Michael, L. Pasquini, R. Pharoah, L. Rodina, D. Scott, P. Zweig (2017). […]

New Workshop: S. Shah at the CWN’s “Wicked Problems and Creative Solutions: A Systems Approach to Reconciling Water Quality and Agricultural Productivity”

New Workshop: S. Shah at the CWN’s “Wicked Problems and Creative Solutions: A Systems Approach to Reconciling Water Quality and Agricultural Productivity”

From March 5-8 2016, EDGES member Sameer Shah recently attended the Canadian Water Network’s workshop on “Wicked Problems and Creative Solutions: A Systems Approach to Reconciling Water Quality and Agricultural Productivity”. The workshop was hosted in Waterloo on behalf of Professors Nandita Basu and Merrin Macrae (University of Waterloo). Participants, from all across Canada, were […]

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