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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. Her work has appeared in over 100 academic publications (including books with Oxford, Cornell, and Toronto University Press), as well as the popular media (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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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.

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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.