Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN)
The Instutite for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability & The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Leila Harris (PhD and MA Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BA University of California-Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES) and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (IGRSJ) at the University of British Columbia. Her current research focuses on the intersection of environmental issues and inequality / social difference (especially gender and ethnicity), water governance (particularly issues associated with ongoing neoliberalization shifts), and water politics and conflict ( in the Middle East and Turkey, and with more recent work focused in Ghana, South Africa, and British Columbia).Related to water governance and politics, she is particularly interested in gender and environmental justice dimensions of water governance shifts, differential effects of water related changes for different populations, issues of scalar politics related to water resources, and narrative and discursive dimensions of water-related changes. This WEPGN project highlights environmental justice dimensions of water governance in the Canadian context, with attention to governance and water quality issues important for First Nations.