Karen Bakker is a professor of geography, Canada Research Chair, and Director of the Program on Water Governance at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. She is currently on sabbatical at Stanford, where she is jointly appointed at CASBS (Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communication) and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Cox Visiting Professorship).

Abstract: An exploratory analysis of emergent reforms to governance of multiple stressed freshwater ecosystems. Innovation in water monitoring and diagnostics technologies, as well as new approaches for ecosystem assessment, have created new opportunities for water governance reform. These innovations might enable new ways of regulating water through the interdisciplinary integration of ecoinformatics, models, big data, and community water monitoring. Empirical examples drawn from fieldwork on water-energy nexus issues, conducted via a research partnership with indigenous communities in the Canadian northern boreal region will be featured as well as reflections on conceptual insights and methodological innovations that may be relevant to environmental scientists more generally.

More information on her research can be found at: www.watergovernance.ca  or www.karenbakker.org

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