Biography: Karen Bakker

Karen Bakker

Council Member

Dr. Karen Bakker is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, where she is the Director of the Program on Water Governance. She is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow and a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

An interdisciplinary environmental scientist, Karen earned her B.A&Sc. from McMaster University in 1995, and her PhD in 1999 from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Karen was named one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 in 2011. In 2015, she was awarded Annenberg Fellowship in Communication by Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; in the same year, she was also a Cox Visiting Professor at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Her research was recognized by a SSHRC Impact Award in 2017.

Karen regularly acts as an advisor to national and international organizations, and currently sits on the board of the International Institute of Sustainable Development, as well as the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Council of Canadian Academies. Karen also currently serves as Strategy Director for Vancouver-based Riipen, a Future of Work platform.

Dr. Bakker was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2019.