Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology
McMaster University, BA Sc
Oxford University, 1999, PhD


I work at the intersection of environmental and economic geography. My primary research interests span political economy, political ecology, environmental studies, STS, and digital geographies. I am currently focusing on a new research project on the implications of digital technologies for environmental governance. I am also the Co-Director of UBC’s Program on Water Governance (, where I am leading an international comparative study of the water-energy nexus. I am also working on a SSHRC-funded partnership grant on Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law (


DEMARIA, F., KALLIS, G. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Geographies of degrowth: Nowtopias, resurgences and the decolonization of imaginaries and places’ Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 2(3), 431-450.

DIVER, S., AHRENS, D., ARBIT, T. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Engaging Colonial Entanglements: “Treatment as a State” Policy for Indigenous Water Co-Governance’ Global Environmental Politics 19(3), 33-56. 

BEHN, C. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Rendering Technical, Rendering Sacred: The Politics of Hydroelectric Development on British Columbia’s Saaghii Naachii/Peace River’ Global Environmental Politics 19(3), 98-119. 

BAKA, J., HESSE, A., WEINTHAL, E. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Environmental Knowledge Cartographies: Evaluating Competing Discourses in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Rule-Making’ Annals of the American Association of Geographers 0(0), 1-20.

BAKKER, K. and HENDRIKS, R. 2019 ‘Contested Knowledges in Hydroelectric Project Assessment: The Case of Canada’s Site C Project’.  Special issue on “Contested Knowledges: Water Conflicts on Large Dams and Mega-Hydraulic Development”.  Water 11(3), 406.


NEVILLE, K., COOK, J., BAKA, J., BAKKER, K. and WEINTHAL, E. 2018  ‘Can shareholder advocacy shape energy governance? The case of the US antifracking movement’ Review of International Political Economy 26(1), 104-133.

BAKKER, K. and RITTS, M. 2018 ‘Smart Earth: A meta-review and implications for environmental governance’ Global Environmental Change 52, 201-211

BAKA, J., K. NEVILLE, E. WEINTHAL and BAKKER, K. 2018. ‘Policy Mobilities and Agenda-Setting at the Energy-Water Nexus: Constructing and Maintaining a Policy Monopoly in US Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation’ Review of Policy Research. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12287.



DUNN, G., BROWN,  R., BOS, J. and BAKKER, K. 2017. ‘The Role of the Science-Policy Interface in Sustainable Urban Water Transitions: Lessons from Rotterdam’ Environmental Science & Policy. 73: 71-79.

NEVILLE, K., BAKA, J., GAMPER-RABINDRAN, S., BAKKER, K., ANDREASSON, S., VENGOSH, A., LIN, A., NEM SINGH J., and WEINTHAL, E. 2017. ‘Debating unconventional energy: Social, political and economic implications’ Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 42: 241-266.



DUNN, G., BROWN, R., BOS, J. and BAKKER, K. 2016. ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding Changes in Urban Water Practice through the Lens of Complexity Science’ Urban Water Journal. 14(7): 758-767. DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2016.1241284.

SIMMS, R., HARRIS, L., BAKKER, K. and JOE, N. 2016. ‘Navigating the Tensions in Collaborative Watershed Governance: Water Governance and Indigenous Communities in British Columbia, Canada’ Geoforum. 73: 6-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.04.005.



DE FREITAS, C., MARSTON, A. J. and BAKKER, K. 2015 ‘Not-quite-neoliberal natures in Latin America: An introduction‘ Special Issue of Geoforum, 64(August), 239-245

NORMAN, E. and BAKKER, K. 2015. ‘Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Canada-United States Transboundary Water Governance, the Boundary Waters Treaty, and Twenty-First-Century Challenges’ Water International 40(1): 199-213.

DUNN, G. HARRIS, L. and BAKKER, K. 2015. ‘Microbial Risk Governance: Challenges and Opportunities in Freshwater Management in Canada’ Canadian Water Resources Association Journal 40(3): 237-249. DOI: 10.1080/07011784.2015.1043648.


DUNN, G., HARRIS, L., BAKKER, K. and ALLEN, D. 2014 ‘Drinking Water Quality Guidelines across Canadian Provinces and Territories: Jurisdictional variation in the context of decentralized water governance’ International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(5), 4634-4651.

BAKKER, K. 2014 ‘The Business of Water: Market Environmentalism in the Water Sector’ Annual Review of Environment and Resources 39(1), 469–494.

COHEN, A. and BAKKER, K. 2014 ‘The Eco-Scalar Fix: Rescaling Environmental Governance and the Politics of Ecological Boundaries in Alberta, Canada’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 32: 128-146. DOI: 10.1068/d0813.

YATES, J. and BAKKER, K. 2014 “Debating the ‘Post-Neoliberal Turn’ in Latin America” Progress in Human Geography 38(1): 62–91.





Winter 2019

GEOG310 Environment and Sustainability Sections

Concepts of environment, resources and sustainability; the roles of physical and human geography in understanding the interaction of humans and the environment; introduction to management of environment-resource systems.

Winter 2019

GEOG412 Water Management: Theory, Policy, and Practice. Sections

Interdisciplinary analysis of critical water issues, in Canada and internationally. Focus on social science perspectives. Emphasis on presentation, research, and essay-writing skills.