Water Security Speaker Series

The Water Security Initiative, along with partners across campus (e.g. Law School, Institute for Science, Technology & Public Policy at the Bush School, Geography), invites water scholars from across campus and the world to speak on various dimensions of water security.


18 – 19 September 2017, Dr. Aaron Wolf from Oregon State University will speak on transboundary water security.

Dr. Wolf is a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.  He has an M.S. in water resources management (1988, emphasizing hydrogeology) and a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis (1992, emphasizing dispute resolution) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation. Dr. Wolf has acted as a consultant to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank, and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution.  He is (co-) author or (co-) editor of seven books, and close to fifty journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports on various aspects of transboundary waters.

Dr. Wolf will speak at Texas A&M University in College Station on 18 September and at the Texas A&M Law School in Fort Worth on 19 September.  Details to follow shortly.

Dr. Wolf is co-sponsored by the Water Security Initiative, the Institute for Science, Technology & Public Policy, the Texas A&M Law School, and the Department of Geography.

1 December 2017, Dr. Megan Mullin, from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Dr. Mullin is a scholar of American political institutions and behavior, focusing on how political and social processes contribute to environmental outcomes. She has a secondary appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her main areas of research are in decentralized governance, water management, and climate change politics.

Details on the time and location of her lecture to follow.

Dr. Mullin’s visit is co-sponsored by the Water Security Initiative and the Institute for Science, Technology & Public Policy.

23 February 2018, Dr. Leila Harris is an Associate Professor at the 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 project on everyday access and governance of water in underserved areas of Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana. Dr. Harris is also a principal investigator for International WaTERS Research and Training Network focused on water governance, equity and resilience in the global South (www.international-waters.org).