Kiely McFarlane

PhD Student


Kiely is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Leila Harris in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Kiely is a member of Green College, the Program on Water Governance, and the EDGES research collaborative, and an HQP with the Res’Eau-WaterNET research network.

Kiely’s research will focus on governance rescaling under British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act, and the opportunities that the Act provides for local governance capacity building and transformations in water management practices. Her research project will address both the development of the Act (including its drivers and consultation processes) and its outcomes for communities/authorities seeking governance reform. The implications of the Act for First Nations’ roles in water governance, and source water protection in small communities will be of particular interest.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Kiely worked at UBC as a research assistant on a project on drinking water in small communities – a project she will continue to contribute to as part of the Res’Eau-WaterNET research network. Kiely completed her Master of Science at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2012, majoring in Geography. Her MSc research examined how transitions in urban stream management emerge through local planning and decision making processes, focusing on a highly controversial case study of ‘best practice’ in greenfield development. After graduating, Kiely worked as a research analyst for the Auckland Council (a metropolitan government body).

Email: kiely [dot] mcfarlane [at] alumni [dot] ubc [dot] ca

Featured Publications

Jollymore, A., McFarlane, K., Harris, L. (2017) Whose input counts? Evaluating the process and outcomes of public consultation through the BC Water Act Modernization. Critical Policy Studies, in press. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2017.1282377

McFarlane, K., Solomon, R. & Memon, A. (2015) Designing institutions for strategic spatial planning: implications for new metropolitan governance arrangements in AucklandUrban Policy Research 33(4): 452-471.

McFarlane, K., Harris, L. and Bakker, K. (2014). Regional surface and groundwater management and governance study: Review of North American case studies. Vancouver, BC: UBC Program on Water Governance.

McFarlane, K., Harris, L. and Bakker, K. (2014). Features of institutions and governance processes that enable efficient, effective and equitable water management. Vancouver, BC: UBC Program on Water Governance.

Reid, H., Brierley, G., McFarlane, K. & Coleman, S. (2013) The role of landscape setting in minimising hydrogeomorphic impacts on flow regulationInternational Journal of Sediment Research 28(2): 149-161.

Blue, B., Gregory, C., McFarlane, K., Tadaki, M., van Limburg-Meijer, P. & Lewis, N. (2012) Freshwater geographies: Experimenting with knowing and doing geography differentlyNew Zealand Geographer 68(1): 62-66.

McFarlane, K., Brierley, G. & Coleman, S. (2011) The application of fluvial geomorphology within State of the Environment reporting in New ZealandJournal of Hydrology (New Zealand) 50(1): 257-272.

Tadaki, M., McFarlane, K., Salmond, J. & Brierley, G. (2011) Theorizing ‘crisis’ as performative politics: A view from physical/environmental geographyDialogues in Human Geography 1(3): 355-360.