Program on Water Governance (UBC) The Program on Water Governance (PoWG) conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on water sustainability, and fosters dialogue on water policy with communities and decision-makers.

Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES, UBC) IRES is problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability.

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ, UBC) GRSJ is a degree-granting academic unit that exemplifies UBC’s commitment to ensuring critical advances in knowledge, democratic communities, and equity in scholarship, research, and teaching.

International WaTERS (UBC, University of Minnesota, University of the Western Cape). The International WaTERS Research and Training Network (Water-related Training, Education and Research in the global South) addresses ongoing water governance and security challenges by: promoting collaborative and comparative research on urban water resilience, with specific focus on rural-urban linkages and institutional, social and equity dimensions; fostering knowledge mobilization through academic and policy dialogue in our Network and beyond; and building an extensive network of expertise available to enrich capacity and graduate training at partner institutions.

International Development Research Network (IDRN, UBC) IDRN is a graduate-student run network, based out of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, with the goal to better leverage the vast contextual knowledge and experience that exists across diverse UBC departments, and beyond.

Anthropology of Water Research Group (AOW, Cape Town, South Africa) AOW is a working group at University of the Western Cape comprised of professors, PhD and Masters students, interns, and working professionals who have an interest in water and society.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC, University of Minnesota, MN, USA) ICGC is a University of Minnesota campus-wide center that seeks to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of faculty and students committed to supporting and advancing research, education, and collaborative initiatives related to global change, with a focus on the global south.

Water Economic, Politics and Governance Network (WEPGN, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON) WEPGN is to build knowledge and facilitate exchange between social science researchers and partners, thereby increasing the application of research to decision-making and enhancing water’s sustainable contribution to Canada’s economy and society while protecting ecosystems

Watershed Discovery (Canada-wide) Watershed micro biome research project working to develop a new metagenomics derived water quality test.

Ecologies of Social Difference Working Group (ESD, UBC) ESD Social Justice @ UBC is a thematic network under the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. The group was established at UBC in 2011 with the aim to promote research, engagement, student-faculty-community networking, and interdisciplinary understanding on questions at the interstices of social difference, inequality, and nature/environment.

Urbanizing Watersheds (Canada and the Philippines) This project focuses on watershed governance through the case of the rapidly urbanizing Angat Watershed and River Basin (AWRB), located in Bulacan, Philippines.

RES Eau WATERNET (Canada) Canada’s first and only research network devoted exclusively to developing innovative, affordable technologies for providing clean drinking water to these small and rural communities (SRCs). RES’EAU-WaterNET is strongly committed to the training of highly qualified professionals who, through their unique experiences through participating in the network, will gain broader perspective on issues and challenges related to small water systems.  

NextGen Project: Training the Next Generation of Community-based Researchers (UNESCO, IRES, UVIC, PRIA, Coady, ISICUE) The NextGen project is aimed at creating new interdisciplinary knowledge by examining CBR training practices in the thematic areas of local asset development, participatory citizenship, Indigenous research methodologies and water governance in global and institutional settings. It further builds a global partnership to create more training opportunities with an emphasis on the Global South.

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