Core Team

Oliver M. Brandes

Project Lead

Oliver M. Brandes is an economist and lawyer by training and a trans-disciplinarian by design. He serves as Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, where he leads the POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

Natasha Overduin

Program Manager & Research Associate

Natasha Overduin discovered the wide and complex field of water governance and management during her undergraduate studies at Carleton University in the Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management program.

Jon O’Riordan

Strategic Advisor, Water Policy

Dr. Jon O’Riordan is a former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management in the British Columbia Provincial Government.

Kelly Bannister

Water Ethics & Values Initiative

Dr. Kelly Bannister is Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and heads the Water Ethics and Cross Cultural Values Initiative at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project.


Jesse Baltutis

Research Associate, Transboundary Governance

Jesse Baltutis joined the POLIS Water Sustainability Project in November 2011 as its Water Policy and Governance Project Coordinator.

Randy Christensen

Research Associate, Water Law & Policy

Randy Christensen is a lawyer with a focus on water law and policy, qualified to practice in the United States and Canada.

Kirk Stinchcombe

Research Associate, Water Conservation & The Water Soft Path

Kirk Stinchcombe is a founding partner and sustainability specialist with Econics, a company that works with water service providers to help them set rates, control water demand, forecast revenue, manage their infrastructure, and sustain their watersheds.