Curriculum Vitae

  • Co-Director, Program on Water Governance
    Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, UBC (2005 – present)
    As founding Director, I lead interdisciplinary water research projects integrating the medical, natural, and social sciences, and engage with donors, policy makers and water professionals.
  • Canada Research Chair, UBC (2011 – present)
  • Professor, Department of Geography, UBC (2006 – present)
  • Associate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (2002 – present)

Honours and Awards (selected)

  • 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow
  • 2017 SSHRC Impact Award
  • 2015/16 Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communication, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
  • 2015/16 Cox Visiting Professor, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • 2014 Member College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (Royal Society of Canada)
  • 2014 Young Leader, World Cities Summit
  • 2011 Urban Affairs Association Annual Book Award (honourable mention)
  • 2012 Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Book Prize
  • 2012 Topical (Plenary) Speaker at American Association for the Advancement of Science conference
  • 2011 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
  • 2011 Canada Research Chair
  • 2006 Peter Wall Institute (UBC), Distinguished Scholar in Residence Award
  • 1995 Rhodes Scholar (Ontario and St John’s College)


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I have conducted fieldwork in Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Cambodia, France, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. My research and consulting work with local NGOs and international organizations has led me to travel to and/or supervise students in a dozen other countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, and Peru.

Editorial Roles (selected)

  • Member, Editorial Board, Global Environmental Change 2016 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Geo: Geography and Environment 2014 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Espaces et Sociétés 2013 – present
  • Senior Editor, WIRES Water Journal 2012 – 2014
  • Editorial Board, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2012 – 2015
  • Editorial Board, Water Alternatives 2008 – present
  • Editorial Board, Studies in Political Economy 2004 – present

Consultant/Advisor/Board Member (selected examples)

Within Canada: Scientific Advisory Committee, Council of Canadian Academies (2018 – ); Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (2011); National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (2010); Institute for Research on Public Policy (2008); Conference Board of Canada (2007); Fraser Basin Council (2007); Natural Resources Canada (2006); Gordon Foundation Freshwater Advisory Group (2005–07); CBC (2004)

International: International Institute for Sustainable Development (2016 – ); UK Department for International Development (2012); UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (2010); Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2009); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (2009); The Water Dialogues (2009); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2005); Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2003); Foro del Sur, Bolivia (2002); Mvula Trust, South Africa (1998); NGO Forum on Cambodia (1997); CARE Cambodia (1997)


I am a passionate believer in the importance of academic contributions to public debate. My work has appeared in the Hill Times, Globe and Mail, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Independent, Huffington Post, Sunday Times, and on Good Morning America.


  • 1999 DPhil, Oxford University
  • 1995 BA&Sc (Honours), Minor in Physics, McMaster University


English (native speaker); French (bilingual); and Spanish (fluent)