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.


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 (London: Routledge)
NORMAN, E., COHEN, A. and BAKKER, K. eds 2013 Water Without Borders? Canada, the US, and transboundary waters (Toronto: University of Toronto Press)



NORMAN, E., COOK, C. and BAKKER, K. 2012 ‘Water Governance and the Politics of Scale’ Water Alternatives 5(1), 52-61

COOK, C. and BAKKER, K. 2012 ‘Water Security: Debating an emerging paradigm’ Global Environmental Change 22(1), 94-102



FURLONG, K. and BAKKER, K. 2011 ‘Municipal water governance and sustainability: Recent developments and current debates’ Canadian Public Policy 37(2), 219-237

DUNN, G. and BAKKER, K. 2011 ‘Assessing water security in Canada: An inventory and analysis of indices and indicators’ Canadian Water Resources Association Journal 36(2), 135-148

BAKKER, K. and COOK, C. 2011 ‘Water Governance in Canada: Innovation in the context of jurisdictional fragmentation’ International Journal of Water Resources Development 27(2), 275-289

NORMAN, E. and BAKKER, K. 2011 ‘Recent Developments in Canadian Water Policy: An emerging water security paradigm’ Canadian Water Resources Association Journal 36(1), 53-66



BAKKER, K. 2010 Privatizing Water: Governance failure and the world’s urban water crisis (Ithaca: Cornell University Press)
BAKKER, K. 2010 ‘Debating green neoliberalism: The limits of “neoliberal natures”’ Progress in Human Geography 34(6), 715–735
BAKKER, K. and FURLONG, K. 2010 ‘The contradictions of “good governance”: Business Models, Alternative Service Delivery, and Sustainability in Municipal Water Supply’ Environment and Planning C 28(2), 349–368
Winter 2018
No GEOG course(s) were found for W2018 term.Winter 2018
No GEOG course(s) were found for W2018 term.