John Wagner

Associate Professor

Community, Culture and Global Studies

I.K.Barber School of Arts and Sciences

I am an environmental anthropologist situated on the UBC Okanagan campus. I have been studying water governance issues in the Okanagan Valley and the Columbia River Basin since 2004, focusing especially on the role of agriculture in water governance systems. I am currently working with other UBC Okanagan researchers, multi-media artists and community partners on the Water Ways project, a study of water in the Okanagan Valley that will culminate in a museum exhibition in 2021. I also conduct research in Papua New Guinea and am currently collaborating with other researchers and the Kala Language Committee on a language documentation project focused on Kala knowledge of their aquatic environment. I have edited two volumes on water issues, The Social Life of Water (2013), which provides global coverage of selected water issues from a political ecology perspective, and most recently, Island Rivers (2019), which is focused on the cultural meaning of freshwater for diverse Pacific Island communities.

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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