Leila M Harris


Institute for Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Faculty of Arts

Leila Harris is a Professor at the Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia. She also serves as Co-Director for UBC’s Program on Water Governance, is a member of the EDGES research collaborative (Environment and Development: Gender, Equity, and Sustainability Perspectives), 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, and 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 non-material dimensions of water insecurity, with specific interest in narrative and arts based engagements related to water insecurity experiences. Dr. Harris has also worked to help coordinate the SSHRC-funded International WaTERS Research and Training Network,  focused on water governance, equity and resilience in the global South.

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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