Previous Advising


Alice Cohen

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



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.



  • 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.



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.


  • 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.


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