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KLB prof smlDr. Karen Bakker is Professor, Canada Research Chair, and Founding Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability

A Rhodes Scholar with a PhD from Oxford University, Professor Bakker was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. She has published over 100 academic publications (including books with Oxford, Cornell, and Toronto University Press), and contributes regularly to the popular press (Dissent, Globe and Mail, Guardian, Huffington Post, Sunday Times). She regularly acts as advisor/consultant to national and international organizations (including the UNDP, OECD, and the Conference Board of Canada). In 2014, she was named as a Member of the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists.

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October 2016

I’m honoured to be one of the invited speakers at Banff Forum 2016. And equally honoured to be chairing a session at the UNESCO Monitoring Mission on Wood Buffalo National Park. At the request of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, UNESCO is studying whether to designate WBNP a World Heritage Site in Danger.

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September 2016

Our $2.4M Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law project was just funded! Check out our website at www.decolonizingwater.ca.

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August 2016

A collective of 350+ Canadian scholars has signed a Statement of Concern on Site C: a major hydro-electricity project in early stages of construction in north-eastern British Columbia. For more information: www.sitecstatement.org.

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August 2015: My sabbatical is just starting: I’ll be based at Stanford’s Centre for the Applied Study of Behavioural Sciences for the academic year. I’ll be cross-appointed with the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences as a Cox Visiting Professor. During the coming 12 months, I won’t be posting regularly – taking a hiatus!

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July 2015: We’re in the midst of organizing our pilot Water Bush Camp. Our team is bringing together academics (including water scientists) with Indigenous knowledge keepers. Check it out here.

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May 2015: Exciting news! My new online course just launched on the Harvard/MIT EdX platform. The interdisciplinary course is titled “Urban Water: Innovations for Environmental Sustainability.” The free course uses documentary-style videos to feature cutting-edge innovators working on a variety of urban water issues. Sign up here.

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Water Without Borders coverCheck out my latest book: a collection of essays from leading water experts across North America: Water Without Borders (University of Toronto Press). The royalties are being donated to the WaterKeeper Alliance. Many thanks to the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation for their support of this project.