First Annual Water Research Roundup

Date: April 14th, 2020

This webinar showcased a panel of emerging student researchers working on priority topics related to water law, policy, and governance. It was the first webinar in our new “Water Research Roundup” series, being offered as part of POLIS’ Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.

Avery Deboer-Smith discusses her research as both a Masters student and Operations Director at Living Lakes Canada. Her work focuses on the Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Collaborative, which will act as the coordinating body for developing a systemic guiding framework to address water monitoring data collection and data storage needs in the Canadian Columbia Basin.

Richard Farthing-Nichol describes his recently completed Masters research, which focused on the challenge of securing sustainable funding for watershed co-governance between Indigenous and Crown governments.

Rebecca Macias Gimenez describes her work on land and water governance, and environmental decision-making about large energy infrastructure, intersected with aspects of social and environmental justice.

Discussant Rod Dobell, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at the University of Victoria, brings decades of experience working in the academic and civil sectors, and has mentored hundreds of students throughout his career.


Hosted since 2010 by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, the Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies.

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