Research

My work bridges the natural and social sciences at the nexus of political ecology, political economy, and environmental science.

Committed to interdisciplinarity, I collaborate with engineers, and with natural, social and medical scientists on a range of research projects. My starting point for many of these projects is the insight that water, land, infrastructure, and social practices (broadly defined, including economic, social and cultural dimensions) are mutually constituted, and are continually transforming through the “socio-hydrological cycle”.

I conduct research all over the world; most of my fieldwork has taken place in North America, Latin America, Europe, and south-east Asia (over a dozen countries to date).

Current research interests include: water infrastructure governance;  water security (particularly landscape dimensions); rescaling environmental (and particularly water) governance; the securitization of the environment (particularly at the water-energy-food security nexus); watershed health (and eco-health more generally); emergent forms of environmental governance, particularly in Latin America; sustainability and ecopolitics; Indigenous water governance.

I have a strong commitment to policy, and regularly make contributions to policy debates.

Prospective students are very welcome to get in touch. I currently supervise students in  UBC’s Department of Geography as well as the graduate interdisciplinary environmental studies program at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability.

For more information on current water-related research projects, see our Program on Water Governance.

Current Funders

Genome BC/Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Water Network, the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.