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

  • April 20th, 2023

    POLIS Submission on Provincial Watershed Security Strategy and Fund Intentions Paper

  • March 22nd, 2023

    Ripples 2023: An Arts Zine Created by Youth

  • September 26th, 2022

    On the Pulse: Public Opinion on Fresh Water and Watershed Security

Events & Webinars

  • February 8th, 2023

    Fourth Annual Water Research Roundup

  • September 21st, 2022

    Mapping B.C.’s Mine Tailings Threat

  • April 26th, 2022

    Indigenous Knowledge Aspects of Community-Based Water Monitoring & Data Management

In the News

  • March 16th, 2023

    New watershed security fund will help communities set priorities

  • February 3rd, 2023

    Columbia River Treaty renewal won’t just go with the flow

  • October 21st, 2022

    9 things that could have been done to prevent the Sunshine Coast’s state of emergency

Project Updates

  • May 30th, 2023

    Where Are They Now? Rod Dobell

  • May 25th, 2023

    Where Are They Now? David Brooks

  • May 15th, 2023

    Cowichan Tribes and B.C. Government Sign Historic Xwulqw’selu Watershed Planning Agreement

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