Radcliffe Fellowship (2022)

(Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor) I’m thrilled to have been named a Fellow of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies for the 2022/2023 academic year. During my fellowship, I will be writing a book which explores how the tools of the Digital Age could be mobilized to address some of the most pressing […]

Guggenheim Fellowship (2022)

(John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow) I’m deeply honored to have been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2022. As the Foundation writes about my work: Karen Bakker is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, where she is an Associate of the Institute for Resources, Environment, and […]

Water-energy landscapes

Over the past decade, the water-energy nexus (WEN) has emerged as a prominent framework with which to analyze and visualize interconnections between energy production, freshwater resources, and the hydrological cycle. The WEN is a fundamentally geographic concept embedded in landscapes. WEN analyses often include landscape visualizations, yet these are rarely conceptually rigorous; consequently, the visual-representational […]

Water Teachings: New e-book

Excited to announce we have just launched our new portal: Water Teachings presents teachings from scholars and community members who are working to protect and honour the water. This is a collaborative e-book project co-edited by Courtenay Crane and Karen Bakker; Courtenay began this project as the Media Manager for the Decolonizing Water Project at UBC (and is now […]

Digital tech and environmental governance

For the past several years I’ve been working on a major new initiative on digital technologies and environmental governance. Currently I’m collaborating with UNEP and a number of other international organizations on a “digital ecosystem for Earth”. We’ve published a series of articles on Medium exploring potential for globalized digital environmental governance. Our first article […]

Smart Earth Project

How can the tools of the Information Age be used to solve the challenges of the Anthropocene? I’ve recently started a new project on tech innovation and environmental governance, focusing on the evolution of conservation in response to environmental sensing and emerging technologies.  Check out our open source article: Bakker, K. and M. Ritts. 2018. […]

NRC Council

Delighted to be named to Canada’s National Research Council/Conseil national de recherches Canada (NRC-CNRC). The NRC is Canada’s largest federal government research and technology organization, overseen by the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. The NRC is the primary national research and technology organization of the Government of Canada. The NRC Council reviews the strategic directions of the […]