Dr. Karen Bakker (Ph.D. Oxford, B.A.&Sc. McMaster University) is a Professor in the Department of Geography, a Canada Research Chair, and the Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia. Committed to interdisciplinarity, Dr Bakker collaborates with natural, social and medical scientists across a range of disciplines. Her current research focuses on water governance, the political economy of environmental change, and environmental politics. She haspublished research in geography, urban studies, development studies, and environmental studies, as well as water specialist journals. Dr Bakker also regularly acts as an advisor to governments, NGOs, and international organizations.