Karen Bakker is a Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, and Co-Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests span political economy, political ecology, and water management, and she publishes in development studies, environmental studies, geography, and urban studies. She has conducted research in sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, south-east Asia, and North America, focusing most recently on issues of water privatization, transboundary water governance, and water security. Her two most recent book publications are Eau Canada (UBC Press 2007) and Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World’s Urban Water Crisis (Cornell University Press 2010). Fluent in French and Spanish, Dr. Bakker regularly acts as an advisor to governments and non-governmental and international organizations on water issues.