Previous Advising

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

Julian Yates is currently a Lecturer in Geography at Monash University.

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.

 

Alice Cohen

PhD, 2012; currently a postdoctoral researcher at Clark University interested in transboundary water governance and watershed-scale management.

Biography

acPIC

I am doctoral student in the Resource Management and Environmental Studies program at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC. My M.A. research – also done through the UBC Program on Water Governance – focused on comparative groundwater management in BC and Washington and addressed the role of regulation in on-the-ground decision-making. My current research focuses on transboundary water governance across the Canada-US border. I graduated from McGill University in 2003 with a BA (Hon) in International Development and Political Science, and hold at M.A. from UBC in Resource Management and Environmental Studies.

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Publications

  • 2009 Cohen, A. “The Sixth Great Lake: Groundwater in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Basin“, a report done through the Walter and Duncan Gordan Water Policy Fellowship program.
  • 2008 Hill, C., K. Furlong, K. Bakker, and A. Cohen. “Harmonization Versus Subsidiarity: A Review of Water Governance and Legislation in the Canadian Provinces and Territories”. Canadian Water Resources Journal 33(4): 315–332.
  • 2007 Hill, C., K. Furlong, K. Bakker, and A. Cohen. “A Survey of Water Governance Legislation and Policies in the Provinces and Territories”. In Eau Canada: The Future of Canada’s Water, ed. Karen Bakker. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press
  • 2007 Cohen, A. “What Role for Regulation? The Case of Groundwater Governance on the Gulf and San Juan Islands.” In Resource Management and Environmental Studies. Vancouver: The University of British Columbia.
  • 2006 Cohen, A. with K. Bakker. “Similarities and Differences in Groundwater Governance Between the Gulf Islands (BC) and the San Juan Islands (Washington)”. A poster presented at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Canadian Water Network. Montreal, Canada.
  • 2006 Cohen, A. and Bakker, K. Transboundary groundwater governance in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Research report to the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment, August.

Christina Cook

PhD 2012; currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv interested in property rights and sustainability, with a focus on governance reform in Canada’s municipal water supply sector.

Biography

ccPIC

I am doctoral student in the Resource Management and Environmental Studies program at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC. My doctoral research examines the utility of a water security framework in addressing scalar challenges to municipal water supply governance. In particular, I’m interested in relationships among municipal water security, First Nations water rights, provincial allocation and licensing regimes, and municipal governance models. I come to this project through an interest in the legal barriers to sustainability. I have a B.Sc. in Biology (British Columbia) and an LL.B. (Victoria). At the Program on Water Governance I have worked on the Municipal Water Supply Infrastructure Governance in Canada funded in part by Infrastructure Canada. I am currently working on the Canadian Water Network funded Water Security Framework project. My other research experience includes work on Canada’s Species at Risk Act, at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal and on insurance and climate risk management.

Publications

  • 2008 Furlong, Kathryn, Christina Cook, and Karen Bakker. Good Governance for Water Conservation: A Primer. Vancouver, BC: UBC Program on Water Governance & Infrastructure Canada.
  • 2008 Cook, Christina, and Kathryn Furlong. Good Governance for Municipal Water Conservation: An Annotated Bibliography. Vancouver, BC: UBC Program on Water Governance & Infrastructure Canada.
  • 2008 Dowlatabadi, Hadi and Christina Cook. “Climate risk management & institutional learning.” Integrated Assessment 8(1): 151–163.

Andrea Marston

MA 2012; currently doctoral student, Dept of Geography, Berkeley interested in water governance, gender, rural livelihoods, and Latin America.

Biography

Andrea Marston

I am a Master’s student in Geography. My M.A. research examines multiple uses of domestic and irrigation water in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I am looking specifically at the degree to which peri-urban residents use domestic water for “productive” purposes, and how these activities are affected by increased urbanization and expanding city limits. I am also continuing a research project that I began as an undergraduate that examines certification processes for Fair Trade crafts in relation to the needs and resources of rural craftswomen in Latin America. I graduated from Duke University in 2009 with a B.A. (Hon) in International Comparative Studies and Environmental Science and Policy. My past research experience has taken me to Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, and Argentina, and has focused mostly on craft-based livelihoods and gendered resource access.

Past students

Kathryn Furlong

  • 2007 Municipal Water Supply Governance in Ontario: Neoliberalization, Utility Restructuring, and Infrastructure Management

Michelle Kooy

  • 2008 Relations of Power, Networks of Water: Governing Urban Waters, Spaces, and Populations in (Post)Colonial Jakarta

Sue Moccia

  • 2007 Beyond the Public-Private Binary: Cooperatives as Alternative Water Governance Models

Emma Norman

  • 2009 Navigating Bordered Geographies: Water Governance along the Canada – U.S. Border