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 (


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 2018

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 2018

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.