Research Group

Kathryn Furlong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the Université de Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Water and Urbanization. She also acts as co-director of the Ethics and Environment section of the Center for Research on Ethics (CRÉ) and senior editor for the interdisciplinary journal WIREs-Water. She holds a doctorate in human geography (UBC). Her research focuses on the social and environmental consequences of political-economic restructuring for water management and governance, particularly in the context of the challenges facing cities. Her research  brings together the disciplines of economic and urban geography and political ecology while addressing  issues related to governance, political-economic restructuring, the provision of municipal services, socio-technical networks, consumption and the links between practice and ethics. Her research has been supported by SSHRC, the FQRSC, Infrastructure Canada and the Canadian Water Network.

 

Associated researchers

Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero is a geographer with a background in political studies. She is a Lecturer and Researcher in Politics of Sanitation and Wastewater Governance at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Tatiana's research focuses on the interactions between urban water flows, infrastructure and society in the context of rapid unplanned growth and uneven development in cities of the global south. It documents the ways in which residents of different neighbourhoods make water flow – not only to access potable water, but also to evacuate other waters (human excreta, household wastewater and storm water). People can make water flow through mass demonstrations, legal complaints, or through direct infrastructural interventions. Her work also recognizes the entanglements between different infrastructures such as drainage, water supply, sanitation, and electricity. In the context of southern cities, where many infrastructures are characterized by long term breakdown and poor maintenance, they tend to be deeply interconnected. During the past four years, she has conducted archival and ethnographic research in Colombian cities analyzing the everyday intersections of water legislation and regulations, flash floods, fragile infrastructures, contestation, and inequality. As such, while her work comes under the sub-disciplines of political ecology and water governance, it also examines a broad range of questions related to socio-technical networks, state formation, and citizenship.

 

Marie-Noëlle Carré is a former CRÉ postdoctoral fellow in environmental ethics. She defended her PhD in geography and planning at Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3 (France) in October 2013. Her doctoral thesis examined waste management and governance in Buenos Aires. Her postdoctoral research analyzes the future of large and closed sanitary landfills, the most commonly used methods for waste treatment in the world. The project aims at showing that these infrastructures are good places to observe territorial public action changes through a comparative approach (Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City). Thes increasing exercise of citizenship and participation in these cities is reshaping social responsibilities towards nature, creating new challenges for urban governance.

 

Postdoctoral research

Alejandro Camargo As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Water and Urbanization research group, I study the role of the World Bank in the development of water governance in Colombia from 1950 to 2010. I hold a Ph.D. in geography from Syracuse University where I specialized in political ecology, agrarian studies, and hazards and disasters studies. My research interests include the transformation of rural livelihoods and landscapes, water and land governance, and agrarian relations in a context of abrupt environmental change and uneven development. In recent years, my work has been focused on understanding how concerns over global climate change and disasters translate into specific technologies of governance; and how those technologies are adopted, implemented, negotiated, and transfigured locally. I also study how people manage, transform, and adapt to the changing conditions of floodplains, rivers, and wetlands at the intersection of political and climatic forces. From that perspective, I currently study how the collapse of freshwater fisheries in Colombia intertwine with the global fisheries crisis, the development of agrarian capitalism, and the intensification of climate-related disasters.

 

Florence Larocque earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a master’s in Political Science from the Université de Montréal, before pursuing her doctoral studies in Political Science at Columbia University (New York). Her doctoral thesis analyzes water reforms that took place in Latin America between 1980 and 2014. Her postdoctoral research project will analyze the decision-making processes, social dynamics and ethical considerations explaining whether human consumption of drinking water is considered a priority use of water, namely that needs to be satisfied before a drinking-water source is used for other purposes. Her research interests lie in comparative social policy as well as in the political participation and mobilization of citizens, especially in Canada, Latin America and Europe. She also studies the factors influencing the availability and accessibility of data used for research in political science. Her articles have been published in Policy & Politics, the Canadian Journal of Political Science and Politique et Sociétés.

 

Doctoral research

Jeimy Arias has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master's in Political Studies and  International Relations from the National University of Colombia - Sede Bogotá. She is a former recipient of a scholarship from the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). Her PhD research is supported by the Colombian national research foundation Colciencias.  She has worked as a Research Assistant with the water and urbanization group since 2011. In addition, Jeimy has worked as human rights defender for peasant communities in Colombia, and is concerned with the impact of big projects (such as hydroelectric development) on these communities. Her research project focuses on the relation between water and people in rural areas in Colombia.

 

Alejandra Uribe has Bachelor in Anthropology from Arizona State University and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado Denver. Her academic and professional work has focused on human impacts on the environment. Her masters studies focused on fire vulnerability in the Western United States, in particular California. She will be starting her PhD in Geography and joining the CRC in January 2018 and her research will focus on the Colombian paramos and water justice for neighbouring rural communities.

 

Martine Verdy is finishing her doctoral thesis entitled "Inter-territorial relations, hydroelectric projects and nationalism: the case of Churchill Falls". The construction of the Churchill Falls dam is a history of conflict between the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland-and-Labrador, which still persists in the present. It's a story that has not been told in a way to include both the perspectives of Quebec and of Newfoundland-and-Labrador. The story is often presented in one or the other perspective. This project thus seeks to achieve an inter-territorial analysis of hydro-power development to further understand how these relationships can influence inter-territorial hydroelectric projects. The purpose of this research is to trace the history of the Churchill Falls dam development and the ensuing conflict to understand better inter-territorial relations in the history of major projects between provinces. Few studies on hydroelectric dams have integrated the various relationships that exist across the boundaries affected by these projects.
 

Master's research

Olivia Fernández Pereda is pursuing a M. Sc. in Geography at the University of Montreal from which she holds a Major in Geography. She also holds a (M.Sc) in Environmental Management Water System (Universidad de Cantabria, 2010), and a MA in Ibero-American International Development Cooperation (Universidad de Cantabria, 2010) as well as an undergraduate degree in Biology (Universidad de La Laguna, 2008). In 2010 she upholds her master’s work on Citizen Participation in the Management of a Watershed on the Colca River in Peru. In 2011 she received a government scholarship from the autonomous community of Cantabria to do an internship at the Technical Office of the Spanish agency in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) for International Development Cooperation. Her research focuses on the impact of public-public partnerships (PUPs) on the provision of water services in the city of Quitto, Ecuador.

 

Camila Patiño Sanchez has a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of Montreal.  Her honor's research project used a critical approach to analyze the use of water scarcity discourses in the Colombian press to promote urban modernization programs in Bogotá in the 1920’s. Camila is currently doing a Master's in human geography. Her research will focus on the use of risk and environmental discourses in the legitimization of hydroelectrical megaprojects in Colombia in the 1990’s. Since 2015, she has worked as Research Assistant for the Chair focusing on building and coordinating the project databases on Colombia's water development over the course of the 20th century.

Previous members and research

  • Françoise Bichai (2014-2015) Associated Researcher. Water Operator Partnerships.
  • Jeniffer Szende (2014-2015) CRE Postdoc. Global Environmental Justice.
  • Rodrigo Amado Rohten (2012-2016) Water Flurodation in Canada
  • Catalina Bonilla (2011-2014) Projects to extend public utility services in Medellin, Colombia.
  • Laure Crombé (2013-2014) PBEE scholar:  Political and Scalar Challenges: Access to Water Services in Peripheral neighbourhoods in Khartoom
  • Juan Esteban Santa Z. (2013-2014) ELAP scholar: City, power and governance: access to drinking water in Medellín, 2002-2010
  • Sébastian Caranza (2013) Analysis of the sustainability programs of the water utility Aguas del Occidente in Colombie.
  • Antoine Findeli (2013) Data coordination on boil water advisories in Canada.
  • Nicolas Plante (2012-2013) Public utility regulation in Canada, case study of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB).
  • Kevin Rivol (2013) Drinking water quality problems in the OECD with a focus on boil water advisories in Canada.
  • Findeli, Antoine (2012) Urban revitalisation and cultural development : strategies and impacts of a local participative development. Honors Project. 2012. 
  • Benga, Amad. Effets de la gouvernance dans la gestion de l’eau : le cas des sociétés municipales néerlandaises. Professional Masters. 2012.
  • Tiburcia, A. Indicadores de Gestión del Agua Urbana (Environmental indicators for urban water management). Visiting doctoral student from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) from August-December 2010.