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, and resource management. I conduct research in both the ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ world, and consequently have an interest in debates over postcolonialism and development. My primary research focus for the past few years has been on water governance in the context of neoliberalism (e.g. water privatization). I am beginning two new research projects on hydraulic fracturing and on Indigenous water governance. I would particularly welcome students working in these latter two areas, on which we have funded MA and PhD graduate student opportunities for 2016 and 2017. I’m also the Co-Director of the Program on Water Governance (, which offers a wide array of opportunities to students.


DE FREITAS, C., MARSTON, A. J. and BAKKER, K. 2015. “Not-Quite-Neoliberal Natures in Latin America: An Introduction.” Special Issue of Geoforum, 64.


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’ 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 DOI 10.1068/d0813

YATES, J. and BAKKER, K. 2014 ‘Neoliberalism and Post-neoliberalism in Latin America’ Progress in Human Geography 38(1), 62–91



BAKKER, K. and MORINVILLE, C. 2013 ‘The governance dimensions of water security: a review’ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences DOI 

NORMAN, E., DUNN, G., BAKKER, K., ALLEN, D. and CALVACANTI, R. 2013 ‘Water Security Assessment: Integrating governance and freshwater indicators’ Water Resources Management 27(2), 535–551

LANKFORD, B., BAKKER, K., ZEITOUN, M. and CONWAY, D. eds 2013 Water Security: Principles, Perspectives and Practices (London: Routledge)
NORMAN, E., COHEN, A. and BAKKER, K. eds 2013 Water Without Borders? Canada, the United States, and Shared Waters (Toronto: University of Toronto Press)




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.