Research • Policy • Education • Action

The POLIS Water Sustainability Project is an action-based research group at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies. We develop cutting-edge research and share solutions, best practices, and opportunities for reform with those working on the ground (and in the water). This includes communities, experts, governments at all levels (local, Indigenous, provincial, federal), and non-governmental and Indigenous organizations. By combining practical research with community action, we demonstrate the powerful potential of new governance approaches and work to drive innovative law reform to generate change towards a sustainable and secure freshwater future. Learn more >


Research & Publications

  • February 7th, 2024

    Nk’eʔxép Management Committee: Successes in Joint Decisions for Drought Prevention and Response in the Nicola Watershed

  • December 19th, 2023

    The Future of Freshwater in Canada

  • October 31st, 2023

    Working for Watersheds Roadmap

Events & Webinars

  • February 15th, 2024

    Fifth Annual Water Research Roundup

  • February 8th, 2023

    Fourth Annual Water Research Roundup

  • September 21st, 2022

    Mapping B.C.’s Mine Tailings Threat

In the News

  • February 9th, 2024

    ‘Here we are talking about drought in February’

  • January 24th, 2024

    Dry January: why a dash of snow and rain can’t solve B.C.’s water woes

  • December 19th, 2023

    ‘Water apocalypse’ needs return to nature

Project Updates

  • February 21st, 2024

    Remembering Squtxulenuhw William C. (Chip) Seymour

  • February 7th, 2024

    Drought Done Differently

  • December 18th, 2023

    POLIS Holiday Reading Guide 2023

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