University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Geography with minor in Development Studies and Social Change, 2004, PhD


I am most interested in gender, inequality and justice in relation to environment and development (from a feminist political ecology perspective), as well as intersections of gender, citizenship, narrative and state building. Projects include: state-led developmental and environmental change in Turkey (with focus on gender and ethnicity); everyday water access, narrative and and citizenship in Ghana and South Africa First Nations water governance in British Columbia; and discourses of reproduction in North American green politics.


Trained as a socio-cultural and political geographer, Dr. Harris’s work examines social, cultural and political-economic dimensions of environmental and resource issues, with focus on water politics and governance in developing contexts. My work has highlighted water politics, use, and access in the Middle East, particularly associated with large-scale transformations of the upper Tigris-Euphrates basin.  This work has included a range of issues linked with Turkey’s GAP project, from gender and ethnic inequalities, to narratives of nature and state building in the Kurdish dominated southeastern region. Current research efforts include a comparative project on shifting scales and sites of water governance in urban sites of Cape Town, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana, with focus on themes of citizenship, narrative, and inequality. Another project involves analysis of socio-spatial difference and narrative as key dimensions of environmental politics and citizenship in contemporary Turkey (connecting expressions of environmental issues to broader debates related to postcolonialism, affect, green citizenship, and subjectivity).  I am also participating in several large collaborative research projects, including:  the use of metagenomic technology for water quality testing (; water governance in the Angat basin in the Philippines (; First Nations water governance in British Columbia; and a project on gender and water pricing in Canada (both funded through SSHRC’s Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network and described on the website of the Program on Water Governance, ).   A current paper project also considers gender, race, and class in relation to discourses of reproduction in North American green politics.  Prospective graduate students should refer to the website for my ‘lab’: Environment and Development: Gender, Equity and Sustainability Perspectives, for more information on my work and that of my students.


SSHRC Insight, “Experiences of Shifting Water Governance: Comparative Study of Water Access, Narrative, and Citizenship in Accra Ghana and Cape Town South Africa.” 2013-2016.

Res’Eau, NSERC Grant, 2013-2018. Water Governance in BC small communities and First Nations,

SSHRC Connection, Angat Basin (Philippines) Water Governance Project, 2012-2016.

SSHRC Connection, Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network,

SSHRC WEPGN, project on water governance and BC First Nations,

Sample Publications

Harris, L. (2015) Deconstructing the Map after 25 Years: Furthering Engagements with Social Theory Cartographica 50, 1: 50-53 Special issue -Harley’s Deconstructing the Map, 25 years later (edited by R. Rose-Redwood).

Harris, L. (2014). Imaginative Geographies of Green: Environmental Narratives and Socio-spatial Difference in Contemporary Turkey of the Association of American Geographers 104 (4) 801-815.

Morales, M., L. Harris, and G. Öberg (2014) Citizenshit: The Right to Flush and the Urban Sanitation Imaginary. Environment and Planning A. 46 (12): 2816-2833.

Dunn, N. Heinrich, B. Holmes, L. Harris (2014) Microbial Water quality communication: public and practitioner insights from British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Water and Health 12 (3): 584-595

Morales and L. Harris (2014) Using Subjectivity and Emotion to Reconsider Participatory Natural Resource Management World Development 64, 703-712.

Morinville and L. Harris (2014) Participation, Politics and Panaceas: Exploring the possibilities and limits of participatory urban water governance in Accra, Ghana Ecology and Society Ecology and Society 19(3): 36.

Dunn, G., K. Bakker, L. Harris (2014) Drinking Water Quality Guidelines across Canadian Provinces and Territories: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11 (5), 4634- 4651 (Special issue on Access, Health, Regulations, and Policy: Exploring Rural and Remote Drinking Water Supplies in North America).

Kleiber, L. Harris, A. Vincent (2014) Improving Fisheries Estimates by Including Women’s Catch in the Central Philippines. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 71 (5): 656-664

Kleiber, L. Harris, A. Vincent (2014) Gender and Small-Scale Fisheries: a case for counting women and beyond. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12075

Harris (2015) Scalar Politics, Networks and Power in Water Governance in E. Norman, C. Cook and A. Cohen (eds) Negotiating Water Governance: Why the Politics of Scale Matter, Ashgate: 226-250.

Harris, L. and C. Roa (In Press) Recent Waves of Water Governance: Constitutional Reform and Resistance to Neoliberalization in Latin America (1990-2012). Geoforum

Harris, L., J. Goldin, and Sneddon (eds) Contemporary Water Governance in the Global South: Scarcity, Marketization, Participation. London, Routledge.

A. Cohen and L. Harris (in press) Performing Scale: Watersheds as ‘Natural’ Governance Units in for M. Glass and R. Rose-Redwood (eds). Performativity, Space, Politics London, Routledge.

Harris, L. (2012) State as Socio-Natural Effect: Variable and Emergent Geographies of the State in Southeastern Turkey. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Vol 32, No 1: 25-39.

* O. Mirosa and L. Harris (2012) Human Right to Water: Contemporary Challenges and Contours of a Global Debate, Antipode, 44 (3): 932-949

(2011) (Neo)Liberal Citizens of Europe: Politics, Scales, and Visibilities of  Environmental Citizenship in Contemporary Turkey Citizenship Studies  15, 6/7 : 837-859.

* Hawkins, R. and D. Ojeda with K. Asher, B. Baptise, L Harris, S. Mellott, A. Nightingale, D. Rocheleau, J. Seager, and F. Sultana (2011) Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New Challenges Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(2) 237 – 253.

Harris, L. and S. Alatout (2010) Negotiating Scales, Forging States: Comparison of the Upper Tigris/Euphrates and Jordan River Basins Political Geography 29: 148 – 156.

* Harris, L. (2009) States at the Limit: Tracing Evolving State-Society Relations in the Borderlands of Southeastern Turkey EJTS: European Journal of Turkish Studies 10.

Harris, L. (2009) Contested Sustainabilities: Assessing Narratives of Environmental Change in Southeastern Turkey. Local Environment 14 (8): 699-720.

* Harris, L. (2009) Gender and Emergent Water Governance: Comparative Overview of Neoliberalized Natures and Gender Dimensions of Privatization, Devolution and Marketization Gender, Place and Culture 16 (4): 387-408.

* Harris. L. (2008) Water Rich, Resource Poor: Intersections of Gender, Poverty, and Vulnerability in Newly Irrigated Areas of Southeastern Turkey World Development 36 (12): 2643- 2662.

* Harris, L. (2008) Postcolonialism, Postdevelopment, and Ambivalent Spaces of Difference in Southeastern Turkey. Geoforum 39: 1698-1708.

Hazen, H. and L. Harris (2007) The Limits of Territorially Based Conservation: a Critical Assessment Based on Cartographic and Geographic Approaches Environmental Conservation 35 (1): 1-11.

* Harris, L. (2006) Irrigation, Gender, and Social Geographies of the Changing Waterscape in Southeastern Anatolia. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 24 (2): 187–213.

Harris, L. and H. Hazen (2006) Power of Maps: (Counter)-mapping for Conservation Acme International E-journal of Critical Geographies. 4 (1): 99–130.

Harris, L. and M. Harrower (2006) Critical Interventions and Lingering Concerns: Critical Cartography/GISci, Social Theory, and Alternative Possible Futures. Acme International E-journal of Critical Geographies. 4 (1): 1–10.

* Harris, L. and N. Atalan (2002/2004) Developing Women’s Spaces: Evaluation of the Importance of Sex-segregated Spaces for Gender and Development Goals in Southeastern Turkey. Kadin/Woman 2000. 3(2): 17–46.

Harris, L. (2002) Water and Conflict Geographies of the Southeast Anatolia Project.Society and Natural Resources 15: 743–759.

Sneddon, C., L. Harris, R. Dimitrov, U. Özesmi (2002) Contested Waters: Social Conflict, Spatial Scale and Sustainability in Aquatic Systems. Society and Natural Resources 15: 663–675 (LH as 30% contributor).

Please refer to my IRES website for full list of publications and abstracts.