Current Advising

Information on all of the current students associated with the Program on Water Governance is available here.

Current PhD students include:

Corin de Freitas

Graduate student in the Department of Geography interested in modalities of decision making in water governance, especially shared and participatory governance; water politics and conflict; migration and immigration; Brazilian studies.

Biography

Corin de Freitas

I am a master’s student in the Department of Geography at UBC.  My master’s research centres on the role of economic instruments in changing modalities of decision making in Brazilian shared water governance settings.  I recently also completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where I studied decision making dynamics surrounding a civil society-led river revitalization project called Meta2010.

I received my B.A. from Smith College with majors in Government (Hon) and French Language and Literature; my Government honours thesis examined the legal and political dimensions of several approaches to addressing conflicts involving in-stream flows in the state of Colorado.   Before coming to UBC, I worked in government and elected politics.

Contact: corin.defreitas at geog.ubc.ca

Publications

  • 2011 Le Billon, P. and de Freitas, C. “Resources for Peace.” Policy paper for Peacebuild and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Cooperation and Transformation in Post-Conflict Situations.

Julian Yates

Graduate student in the Department of Geography interested in livelihoods and adaptation, institutions, scalar politics, and neoliberalisation.

Biography

Julian Yates

Having graduated in 2004 from the University of Manchester (UK) with a geography degree (BA Hons), I worked in the international development sector for the UK-based international NGOs of Practical Action and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. I followed this by completing an MA in geography at the University of Victoria and working as a research assistant for the Participatory Sustainable Waste Management project. Most recently, I carried out research for Practical Action in relation to livelihood adaptation to climate change in rural Nepal.

At UBC, I will be working with Dr Karen Bakker on issues of resource governance in Latin America, paying particular attention to the ways in which indigenous rural communities in the Andes are adapting their livelihoods and resource-management regimes in response to changing governance contexts.

Publications

  • 2011 Yates, J. S. Community-based watershed management for successful adaptation to climate change in rural Nepal. Waterlines, 30(2), 106–121.
  • 2011 Yates, J. S. and Gutberlet, J. Enhancing livelihoods and the urban environment: The local political framework for integrated organic waste management in Diadema, Brazil. Journal of Development Studies, 47(4), 639–656.
  • 2011 Yates, J. S. and Gutberlet, J. Re-claiming and re-circulating urban natures: Integrated organic waste management in Diadema, Brazil. Environment and Planning A. In press.
  • under
    review
    Yates, J. S. Institutional complexity and uneven interventions: the scalar politics of governing livelihood adaptation rural in Nepal. Global Environmental Change.