Leila Harris

Associate Professor, IRES
Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Bio

Leila Harris is an Associate Professor at IRES Institute on Resources Environment and Sustainability and in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She also serves as Co-Director for UBC’s Program on Water Governance (www.watergovernance.ca), is a member of the EDGES research collaborative (Environment and Development: Gender, Equity, and Sustainability Perspectives, www.edges.ubc.ca), and is an Associate of the Department of Geography, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. Dr. Harris’s work examines social, cultural, political-economic, institutional and equity dimensions of environmental and resource issues. Her current research focuses on the intersection of environmental issues and inequality / social difference, water governance shifts (e.g. marketization, participatory governance), in addition to a range of water governance challenges important for the Canadian context (e.g. First Nations water governance). Current projects include a SSHRC funded project on everyday access and governance of water in underserved areas of Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana. Dr. Harris is also principal investigator for the SSHRC funded International WaTERS Research and Training Network focused on water governance, equity and resilience in the global South (www.international-waters.org).

Projects

Evolving Sites and Scales of Environmental Governance Current

Over the past several years, I have been conducting a comparative investigation of changing scales and sites of environmental governance, with focus on water management and institutions.

Water Governance in Accra and Cape Town: Access, Citizenship, and Narrative Current
http://edges.sites.olt.ubc.ca/research/edges-comparative-water-governance-in-africa-research-project-cwgar/

Following from the above project, I am now working with several members of the EDGES research collaborative to investigate the lived realities of water governance changes for residents of underserved settlements in Cape Town, South Africa and Accra Ghana.

Water Governance dimensions of Emergent Watershed Metagenomics Technologies Current
www.watersheddiscovery.ca

Working with a large collaborative team led by P. Tang and J. Isaac Renton at the University of British Columbia and British Columbia Centers for Disease Control, this project considers key water governance questions in relation to possibilities for novel water testing for human and ecosystem health using eco-genomics (or metagenomics) technology.

Water Quality and Governance for First Nations, particularly in British Columbia Current
http://edges.sites.olt.ubc.ca/research/assessing-drinking-water-governance-in-british-columbia-water-quality-in-first-nations/

Research on this theme has not yet begun, but will include focus on water quality monitoring and governance capacity in BC First Nation communities.

Socio-spatial dimensions of Environmental Politics and Activism in Contemporary Turkey.  Completed

Drawing on focus groups and interviews conducted at four sites (Istanbul, Ankara, Diyarbakir, and Sanliurfa), this research engaged everyday citizen narratives of environmental politics and meanings in contemporary Turkey

Developmental and Environmental Change in Southeastern Turkey Completed

This long-term research effort (beginning in 2001) considers questions of: a) state theory and shifting political subjectivities in relation to developmental and environmental change associated with large-scale transformation of the upper Tigris-Euphrates basin as part of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP); b) narratives of environmental change and implications for sustainability studies; c) issues of social difference, specifically gender and ethnicity, as impetus for, and effects of, state-led development in the Southeastern Anatolia region.

Featured Publications

Joe, N., K. Bakker & L. Harris. (2017) Perspectives on the BC Water Sustainability Act: First Nations respond to water governance reform in British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: Program on Water Governance.

Yates, J., N. Wilson & L. Harris. (In press, 2017). Multiple Ontologies of Water: politics, conflict and implications for governance. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

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

Ziervogel, G., Pelling, M., Cartwright, A., Chu, E., Deshpande, T., Harris, L., Hyams, K., Kaunda, J., Klaus, B., Kavya, M., Pasquini, L., Pharoah, R., Rodina, L., Scott, D. & P. Zweig. (In press) Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience : a focus on everyday risk. Environment and Urbanization ISSN 0956-2478

Dunn, G., L. Harris & K. Bakker. (in press). Canadian Drinking Water Policy: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance. In: S. Renzetti & D. P. Dupont (Eds) Water Policy and Governance in Canada. Springer International Publishing.

Harris, L. (2016) Theorizing gender, ethnic difference, and inequality in relation to water access and politics in southeastern Turkey. In: C. Ashcraft and T. Mayer (Eds) The Politics of Freshwater: Access, Conflict and Identity. Routledge, Earthscan.

Rodina, L & L. M. Harris (2016). Water Services, Lived Citizenship, and Notions of the State in Marginalised Urban Spaces: The case of Khayelitsha, South AfricaWater Alternatives 9(2): 336-355.

Simms, R., Harris, L. M., Joe, N., & Bakker, K. (2016). Navigating the Tensions in Collaborative Watershed Governance: Water Governance and Indigenous Communities in British Columbia, Canada. Geoforum 73: 6–16.

Harris, L. M., Kleiber, D., Goldin, J., Darkwah, A., and C. Morinville (2016). Intersections of Gender and Water: Comparative approaches to everyday gendered negotiations of water access in underserved areas of Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Gender StudiesDOI:10.1080/09589236.2016.1150819

Harris, L., Phartiyal, J., Scott, D. and M. Peloso (2015) Women Talking about Water: Feminist Subjectivities and Intersectional UnderstandingsCanadian Women’s Studies Journal, Les Cahiers de la Femme, Special Issue on Women and Water, 30(2/3): 15-24

Harris, L. (2015) Scalar Politics, Networks and Power in Water Governance. In: E. Norman, C. Cook and A. Cohen (Eds) Negotiating Water Governance: Why the Politics of Scale Matter, Ashgate: pp. 226-250.

Dunn, G., Harris, L. and K. Bakker (2015) Microbial Risk Governance: Challenges and Opportunities in Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 40(3): 273-249

Harris, L. (2015) Hegemonic Water and Rethinking Natures Otherwise. In: W. Harcourt and I. L. Nelson (Eds) Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies. Zed Books: London, pp. 157-181.

Harris, L. (2015). Foreword. In: S. Buechler, A-M S. Hanson (Eds) A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change. Routledge: London

Harris, L. (2015) Deconstructing the Map after 25 Years: Furthering Engagements with Social TheoryCartographica 50(1): 50-53

Morales M, Harris L., and G. Öberg (2014) Citizenshit: the right to flush and the urban sanitation imaginary. Environment and Planning A, 46(12): 2816 – 2833.

Morinville, C. and L. M. Harris. (2014) Participation, politics, and panaceas: exploring the possibilities and limits of participatory urban water governance in Accra, GhanaEcology and Society 19 (3): 36. [online].

Morales, M. & L. Harris (2014). Using Subjectivity and Emotion ro Reconsider Participatory Natural Resource ManagementWorld Development 64(2014): 703-712.

Dunn, G., Bakker, K., & L. Harris (2014). Drinking Water Quality Guidelines across Canadian Provinces and Territories: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water GovernanceInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, 4634-4651.

Harris, L. (2014). Imaginative Geographies of Green: Difference, Postcoloniality, and Affect in Environmental Narratives in Contemporary TurkeyAnnals of the Association of American Geographers, 104 (2): 801-815.

Dunn, G., Henrich, N., Holmes, B., Harris, L. & N. Prystajecky (2014). Microbial water quality communication: public and practitioner insights from British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Water and Health12(3): 584–595.

Kleiber, D., Harris, L.M., & A. Vincent (2014). Gender and small-scale fisheries: a case for counting women and beyond. Fish and Fisheries, Feb 2014 Early View.

Kleiber, D., Harris, L. M., & A.C.J. Vincent (2014). Improving fisheries estimates by including women’s catch in the Central PhilippinesCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Online. 1139/cjfas-2013-0177

Cohen, A. & L. Harris (2014). Performing Scale: Watersheds as “Natural” Governance Units in the Canadian Context. In: M.R. Glass & R. Rose-Redwood, Eds (2014). Perfomativity, Politics, and the Production of Social SpaceNew York and London: Routledge.

Harris, L. and M. Islar. (2014). Neoliberalism, Nature and Changing Modalities of Environmental Governance in Contemporary Turkey. In: Atasoy, Y., Ed. (2014). Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London and New York, Palgrave MacMillan

Dunn, G., Harris, L., Cook, K. & N. Prystajecky. (2014). A comparative analysis of current microbial water quality risk assessment and management practices in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Science of the Total Environment, 458-469(2014): 544-552.

Harris, L. (2013). Elements of Feminist Political Ecology and Capabilities. In J. Goldin (Ed). Water and Capabilities Special Issue. E-bulletin of the Human Development and Capability Association (December 2013).

Harris, L. & M. C. Roa-García. (2013).Recent waves of water governance: Constitutional reform and resistance to neoliberalization in Latin America (1990–2012)Geoforum 50: 20-30.

Harris, L.M., J.A. Goldin, and C. Sneddon (Eds.) (2013). Contemporary Water Governance in the Global South: Scarcity, Marketization and Participation. London, UK: Routledge.

Harris, L. & C. Morinville (2013). Improving Participatory Water Governance in Accra, GhanaAfrica Initiative Policy Brief No. 7, CIGI Africa Initiative Policy Brief Series.

Harris, L. (2012). State as Socionatural Effect: Variable and Emergent Geographies of the State in Southeastern TurkeyComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 32(1), 25-39.

Mirosa, O. and L. Harris. (2011). Human Right to Water: Contemporary Challenges and Contours of a Global DebateAntipode, 44 (3), 932-949.

Hawkins, R., and D. Ojeda with K. Asher, B. Baptiste, L. Harris, S. Mellott, A. Nightingale, D. Rocheleau, J. Seager and F. Sultana. (2011). Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New ChallengesEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(2011), 237-253.

Harris, L. (2011). (Neo)Liberal Citizens of Europe: Politics, Scales, and Visibilities of Environmental Citizenship in Contemporary TurkeyCitizenship Studies 15(6-7), 837-859.

Harris, L. and S. Alatout. (2010). Negotiating Hydro-Scales, Forging States: Comparison of the Upper Tigris/Euphrates and Jordan River BasinsPolitical Geography 29, 148 – 156.

Harris, L. (2009). States at the Limit: Tracing Evolving State-Society Relations in the Borderlands of Southeastern TurkeyEJTS: European Journal of Turkish Studies 10 [online].

Harris, L. (2009). Contested Sustainabilities: Assessing Narratives of Environmental Change in Southeastern TurkeyLocal Environment 14(8), 699-720.

Harris, L. and H. Hazen. (2009). “Rethinking Maps from a More-than-Human Perspective: Nature-Society, Mapping, and Conservation Territories.” in C. Perkins, M. Dodge, and R. Kitchin (eds). Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory. Routledge, 50-67.

Harris, L. (2009). Gender and Emergent Water Governance: Comparative Overview of Neoliberalized Natures and Gender Dimensions of Privatization, Devolution and Marketization Gender. Place and Culture 16 (4): 387-408.

Recent Publications

Joe, N., K. Bakker & L. Harris. (2017) Perspectives on the BC Water Sustainability Act: First Nations respond to water governance reform in British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: Program on Water Governance.

Yates, J., N. Wilson & L. Harris. (In press, 2017). Multiple Ontologies of Water: politics, conflict and implications for governance. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

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

Ziervogel, G., Pelling, M., Cartwright, A., Chu, E., Deshpande, T., Harris, L., Hyams, K., Kaunda, J., Klaus, B., Kavya, M., Pasquini, L., Pharoah, R., Rodina, L., Scott, D. & P. Zweig. (In press) Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience : a focus on everyday risk. Environment and Urbanization ISSN 0956-2478

Dunn, G., L. Harris & K. Bakker. (in press). Canadian Drinking Water Policy: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance. In: S. Renzetti & D. P. Dupont (Eds) Water Policy and Governance in Canada. Springer International Publishing.