Leila Harris

Associate Professor

Research Classification

Drinking Water
Fresh Water
Resources Management
Development Policies
International Development
Gender Relationship
Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice
Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection
Social Contract and Social Justice

Research Interests

water politics
water governance
Environmental justice
gender and social difference
equity and social justice
participatory resource management
Turkey and Middle East
South Africa

Relevant Degree Programs


Research Methodology

qualitative approaches
discourse and narrative analysis
textual analysis
policy analysis
gender and feminist approaches
collaborative, participatory and community based research
Focus Groups


Master's students
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Some financial support is available

Please see www.edges.ubc.ca and www.watergoveranance.ca for ongoing research efforts. There are currently funded research opportunities with the decolonizingwater.ca project on Indigenous water governance issues (in Canada and elsewhere) and there may be upcoming support for analysis of non material dimensions of household water insecurity.

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).

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