Friday, February 17, 2012 – 4:00 PM
Karen Bakker, Professor of Geography and Director, Program on Water Governance, University of British Columbia; Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
This presentation presents a meta-analysis of water-security related research in all disciplines over the period 1990 – 2010. We identify divergent definitions of water security, and distinct approaches to water security assessment which are deployed with different methods and at different scales. We explore the consequent challenges (and opportunities) for multidisciplinary research collaboration.
Friday, February 17, 2012: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM
Dr. Bakker’s work is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on a wide range of water issues as well as research dissemination to policy-makers and the broader community. It covers a broad range of topics, including privatization, transboundary water governance, drought vulnerability, demand management, pricing, and access to urban water supply in developing countries. Dr. Bakker leads collaborative interdisciplinary research projects with natural scientists and medical researchers. Fluent in French and Spanish, she has research experience in Southeast Asia, southern Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and has more than 100 academic publications. Recent books include Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World’s Urban Water Crisis. She regularly acts as an advisor to governments, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations.