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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 […]

New Policy Brief: Joe, Bakker and Harris:  Perspectives on the BC Water Sustainability Act: First Nations Respond to Water Governance Reform in British Columbia

New Policy Brief: Joe, Bakker and Harris: Perspectives on the BC Water Sustainability Act: First Nations Respond to Water Governance Reform in British Columbia

This new policy brief by Joe et al, addresses the perspectives of BC First Nations in response to the new Water Sustainability Act. The full policy brief can be found here, and a shorter policy briefing note can be found here.  

New Publication: Jollymore, McFarlane & Harris: Whose input counts? Evaluating the process and outcomes of public consultation through the BC Water Act Modernization

New Publication: Jollymore, McFarlane & Harris: 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. The accepted manuscript […]

Leila Harris to Give a Keynote Presentation at World Water Day in Montpellier, France

L. Harris will be giving a keynote presentation at the World Water Day events to be held at the Institut Montpelliérain de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (Montpellier Institute for Water and the Environment) in Montpellier, France. Dr. Harris will speak on themes related to the politics, environmental justice, and governance of water for this plenary […]

New Research Review: McDowell, Vulnerability to climate change: what’s happening at the community level?

New Research Review: McDowell, Vulnerability to climate change: what’s happening at the community level?

EDGES member Graham McDowell recently wrote a research review for Environmental Research Web. Vulnerability to climate change is a field that’s seen increasing research as temperatures have continued to warm. But there are areas of saturation and there are gaps, according to Graham McDowell of Canada’s University of British Columbia, who’s analysed the field for […]

New Book: Global Water Ethics: Towards a global ethics charter

New Book: Global Water Ethics: Towards a global ethics charter

We are announcing a new book that may be of interest: Global Water Ethics: Towards a global ethics charter, edited by Rafael Ziegler and David Groenfeldt. Additionally, EDGES member Lucy Rodina has authored a chapter for this book: “Reflections on water ethics and the human right to water in Khayelitsha, South Africa.” Book Summary: Scholarly interest […]

New Announcement: Call for 2017 International WaTERS Fellowships

New Announcement: Call for 2017 International WaTERS Fellowships

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, MA and PhD students at all International WaTERS affiliates (see full list in the attached announcement) are invited to apply for International WaTERS Network fellowships (up to $5,000 CAD) to undertake research on Network themes (socio-institutional and hydrologic resilience, equity and governance, urban-rural linkages) […]

Congratulations to Julian Yates!

Congratulations to Dr. Julian Yates in his new position as Lecturer in Human Geography at Monash University in the School of Social Sciences. Dr. Yates recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship with EDGES at IRES. At Monash University, he will be teaching across the two Masters streams in the School of Social Sciences, namely: International Development […]

Congratulations to Danika Kleiber!

We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Danika Kleiber, EDGES and IRES alumna, on her new job. Dr. Klieiber has just began a new position as a Social Research Project Manager for the Socioeconomic Program of the Ecosystem Science Division of the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu Hawaii. Dr. Kleiber will be undertaking applied […]

New EDGES report: Beck, Rodina, Luker & Harris, Institutional and Policy Mapping of the Water Sector in South Africa

New EDGES report: Beck, Rodina, Luker & Harris, Institutional and Policy Mapping of the Water Sector in South Africa

In addition to a complementary report for Ghana, DAAD RISE intern Thessa Beck worked with EDGES to produce an institutional map and report summarizing some of the main water access and governance issues in South Africa, and more specifically the City of Cape Town. The goal of this report is to map out the key policies and […]

New EDGES report: Beck, Harris and Luker, Institutional and Policy Mapping of the Water Sector in Ghana

New EDGES report: Beck, Harris and Luker, Institutional and Policy Mapping of the Water Sector in Ghana

Recently, DAAD RISE intern Thessa Beck worked with EDGES to produce an institutional map and report summarizing some of the main water access and governance issues in Ghana, and more specifically the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). The goal of this report is to map out the key policies and institutions that are relevant for understanding […]

New Workshop: Reimaging Household Water Security Research Workshop at Texas A&M University

New Workshop: Reimaging Household Water Security Research Workshop at Texas A&M University

Sameer Shah recently participated on behalf of the EDGES Research Collaborative in the Reimaging Household Water Security Research Workshop from September 28-30 at Texas A&M University. The workshop focused on engaging with the concept of household water security, as well as for exploring frameworks for collecting, analyzing, and reporting household water security information. The workshop […]

Conference: Accessing Water in Africa, Emerging paradigms between risks, resiliences and new solidarities

Conference: Accessing Water in Africa, Emerging paradigms between risks, resiliences and new solidarities

EDGES members Dr. Leila Harris and Scott Mckenzie recently participated in a conference held in Paris, France, July 2016: L’Accès à l’Eau en Afrique : vers de nouveaux paradigmes ? Vulnérabilité, Exclusion, Résiliences et Nouvelles Solidarités” (Accessing Water in Africa:emerging paradigms between risks, resiliences and new solidarities”)  Involving researchers from all over the world, the conference involved […]

Seminar: L. Harris, ‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access

Seminar: L. Harris, ‘Tapping’ into state-society linkages: looking at perceptions of the state through the lens of water access

Dr. Leila Harris recently gave a seminar at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS), where she is currently a Fellow. Dr. Harris presented on her current collaborative project within UBC, with the goal of publishing it as a book. The project is based on ongoing work with students from UBC, and colleagues from other institutions […]

New pub: Harris, Rodina, Luker, Darkwah & Goldin, Water Access in Underserved Areas  of Accra, Ghana and Cape Town,  South Africa: 2012 Survey Report

New pub: Harris, Rodina, Luker, Darkwah & Goldin, Water Access in Underserved Areas of Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa: 2012 Survey Report

Harris, L., L. Rodina, E. Luker, A. Darkwah & J. Goldin. (2016). Water Access in underserved areas of Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa. 2012 Survey Report. The University of British Columbia, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Policy Brief Overview: Across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) urban water supply systems face a range of challenges—so much […]

Announcement: Funded Studentships (2016-2018) with the Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project

Announcement: Funded Studentships (2016-2018) with the Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project

The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project are currently welcoming applications from Masters, PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows with research interests in any of the following: Sustainable water governance Indigenous law Settler colonialism and resource industries Critical political economy Political ecology Community based research Collaboration with Indigenous communities is a central mandate of the […]

New policy brief: Jollymore, McFarlane & Harris, Whose input counts? Public consultation and the BC Water Sustainability Act

New policy brief: Jollymore, McFarlane & Harris, Whose input counts? Public consultation and the BC Water Sustainability Act

Jollymore, A., K. McFarlane & L. M. Harris. (2016). Whose input counts? Public consultation and the BC Water Sustainability Act. The University of British Columbia, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability. INTRODUCTION: Public consultation has become an increasingly important feature of policy-making, intended to enhance democratic engagement by enabling citizens to influence plans and policies that […]

New summary report: International WaTERS Network, Workshop on Water Equity and Resilience in Southern Africa

New summary report: International WaTERS Network, Workshop on Water Equity and Resilience in Southern Africa

Luker, E., L. Rodina & L. Harris (2016). Summary Report: Workshop on Water Equity and Resilience in Southern Africa. The International WaTERS Network and The University of British Columbia, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Workshop Description: The International WaTERS Network (www.international-waters.org), with support of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies (http://pwias.ubc.ca/), the NEPAD […]

New pub: Dunn, Harris & Bakker, Canadian Drinking Water Policy: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance

New pub: Dunn, Harris & Bakker, Canadian Drinking Water Policy: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance

Dunn, G., L. Harris & K. Bakker. (in press). Canadian Drinking Water Policy: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance. In: S. Renzetti & D. P. Dupont (Eds) Water Policy and Governance in Canada. Springer International Publishing. Abstract This chapter reviews Canada’s approach to drinking water governance, focusing on the regulations, policies, practices and […]

New policy brief: Morinville and Harris, Participatory urban water governance in Ghana

Morinville, C & L. Harris (2016) Policy brief: Analyzing participatory urban water governance in Accra, Ghana. The University of British Columbia, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability. See full text HERE.  

Photo exhibition by Graham McDowell

Graham McDowell, an environmental change researcher and EDGES member, recently opened a photo exhibition at the Liu Institute lobby gallery at The University of British Columbia. The official opening of the exhibition happened on Monday September 12. It will run until the end of November. Description: High places––mountains and the Arctic––are home to some of the planet’s most […]

New Pub: Harris,Theorizing gender, ethnic difference, and inequality in relation to water access and politics in southeastern Turkey

Harris, L. (in press) Theorizing gender, ethnic difference, and inequality in relation to water access and politics in southeastern Turkey. In: C. Ashcraft and T. Mayer (Eds) The Politics of Freshwater: Access, Conflict and Identity. Routledge, Earthscan. Abstract: This chapter makes two assertions. First, one cannot assess, and fully understand the politics of fresh water without attention to inequality, notably […]

Article by Noal Amir on exploring Afghan identity through her grandfather’s pictures

Check out this beautiful post by Noal Amir  on exploring Afghan identities through photos of her grandfather. Noah’s grandfather grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan. He passed her a rich collections of photographs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s Afghanistan. Read the full piece HERE. Noal is a Master of Arts student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality […]

Congratulations to Graham McDowell!

EDGES member Graham McDowell is a recent receiver of the prestigious Vanier Doctoral Award. See full press release HERE. In his PhD, Graham focuses on vulnerability, adaptation, and transformation with a particular emphasis on governance strategies that promote human well-being and ecological resilience in the context of a changing cryosphere. You can learn more about his […]

Op-ed on Urban Water Resilience by Lucy Rodina and Leila Harris

Lucy Rodina and Leila Harris recently published an opinion piece in The Conversation Africa showcasing ongoing doctoral research in Cape Town South Africa. The piece focuses on what resilience might mean in an African urban context, where high levels of poverty, inequality and mounting climate change impacts are posing numerous challenges. See the full piece HERE. […]

Congratulations to Cynthia Morinville!

EDGES alumna Cynthia Morinville  was recently awarded the prestigious Trudeau Fellowship. Cynthia joins Andrea Marston, also a former EDGES member, as a Trudeau Scholar. Cynthia did her Master’s degree at IRES under the supervision of Leila Harris on water access and governance in peri-urban areas in Accra, Ghana. See our publications page to find Cynthia’s published work. Cynthia is currently […]

New Pub: Rodina and Harris, Water Services, Lived Citizenship, and Notions of the State in Marginalised Urban Spaces

Rodina, L & L. M. Harris (2016). Water Services, Lived Citizenship, and Notions of the State in Marginalised Urban Spaces: The case of Khayelitsha, South Africa. Water Alternatives 9(2): 336-355. **Part of Special Issue: Water, infrastructure and political rule. Guest Editors: Christine Bichsel, Peter Mollinga, Timothy Moss, Julia Obertreis Abstract: In this paper we argue that in South Africa […]

New op-ed by Sameer Shah and Karen Kun in Water Canada

Sameer Shah and Karen Kun, Executive Director and Co-founder of Waterlution, published an opinion piece in Water Canada‘s May/June print edition. The piece describes Waterlution’ WaterCity 2040 project –  the first Canada-wide exercise in scenario planning that built collaborative spaces to enable the public to explore what could happen to Canada’s water infrastructure, environments, and relationships with water by 2040. […]

New Pub: Simms et. al., Navigating the tensions in collaborative watershed governance

Simms, R., Harris, L. M., Joe, N., & Bakker, K. (2016). Navigating the tensions in collaborative watershed governance: Water governance and Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Canada. Geoforum, 73: 6–16. Abstract: First Nations in British Columbia (BC), Canada, have historically been—and largely continue to be—excluded from colonial governments’ decision-making and management frameworks for fresh water. However, in light […]

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