As part of the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN), PoWG researchers are working with colleagues at York University (led by D. Scott of the Osgoode Law School) to investigate gender dimensions of water pricing and other market instruments in the Canadian context. The project “Gender Implications of Putting a Price on Water” aims to explore the rise of water privatization and commodification in Canada, and their current or possible impacts on women in Ontario and British Columbia. Several focus groups will be carried out with diverse women from each province in order to understand their perspectives of, and experiences with public and private water management and control, and the effects that water costs, price signals, metering, and as well as current trends in governance reform might have on their socioeconomic, political, ecological and cultural experiences.
The work will provide insights related to women’s particular perspectives and concerns related to different water governance instruments in the Canadian context.
Harris, L., Phartiyal, J., Scott, D. and M. Peloso (2015) Women Talking about Water: Feminist Subjectivities and Intersectional Understandings. Canadian Women’s Studies Journal, Les Cahiers de la Femme, Special Issue on Women and Water, 30(2/3): 15-24