Oxford University, 1999, PhD
McMaster University, BA Sc
My primary research interests span political economy, political ecology, environmental studies, STS, and digital geographies. I am currently focusing on a new research project on the implications of digital technologies for environmental governance. My latest book, The Sounds of Life, explores how digital technologies are transforming our ability to listen to nature’s sounds and decode non-human communication. As a Guggenheim Fellow (2022) I will be further developing my research on digital transformation and sustainability, examining how applications of AI and biodigital technologies are being mobilized to respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene, from climate change to biodiversity.
In 2022/23, I will be on sabbatical leave as a Fellow of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, focusing on my Smart Earth project which explores the relationship between digital innovation and environmental sustainability.
Bakker, K. (2022) The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants. Princeton University Press. https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691206288/the-sounds-of-life
Bakker, K. (2022) Smart Oceans: Artificial intelligence and marine protected area governance. Earth System Governance, 13, 100141. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589811622000106
Ritts, M. and K. Bakker. (2022) New Forms: Anthropocene Festivals and Experimental Environmental Governance. Environment and Planning E, special issue on Environmental Data Infrastructures (edited by Nost, E., and J. Goldstein). https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619886974
Bakker, K. and M. Ritts. (2022) Environmental Governance in a Wired World. In Nost, E., and J. Goldstein (eds.) The Nature of Data, University of Nebraska Press, pp 61 -76.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.07.011
Bridge, G. and K. Bakker. 2021. Material Worlds Redux. In Handbook of Critical Resource Geography, edited by M. Himley, E. Havice, and G. Valdivia, 43-56. London: Routledge.
Robb, D., J. Baka, C. Harrison, and K. Bakker. 2021. Visualizing water-energy nexus landscapes. WIRES Water 8(3). doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1548
Ritts, M. and K. Bakker. 2021. Conservation acoustics: Animal sounds, audible natures, cheap nature. Geoforum 124(1): 144-155. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.04.022
BRIDGE, G. and BAKKER, K. Material Worlds Redux. 2021. In Eds. Himley, M., Havice, E., and Valdivia, G. Handbook of Critical Resource Geography. Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780429434136-4/material-worlds-redux-karen-bakker-gavin-bridge
RITTS, M. and BAKKER, K. 2021. “Conservation acoustics: Animal sounds, audible natures, cheap nature.” Geoforum 124: 144-155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.04.022
Bakker, Karen, Rosemary Knight, Jim Leape, Alan K. Mackworth, Ray Tze Thim Ng and Max Ritts. “Digital Technologies and Dynamic Resource Management.” 2020 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP) (2020): 368-373. doi: 10.1109/SMARTCOMP50058.2020.00079.
Baka, Jennifer, Arielle Hesse, Kate J. Neville, Erika Weinthal, and Karen Bakker. 2020. “Disclosing Influence: Hydraulic fracturing, interest groups, and state policy processes in the United States.” Energy Research & Social Science 70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101734.
Bakker, Karen and Courtenay Crane. Water Teachings. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2020. Available online here: https://www.waterteachings.com/
DEMARIA, F., KALLIS, G. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Geographies of degrowth: Nowtopias, resurgences and the decolonization of imaginaries and places’ Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 2(3), 431-450. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619869689
DIVER, S., AHRENS, D., ARBIT, T. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Engaging Colonial Entanglements: “Treatment as a State” Policy for Indigenous Water Co-Governance’ Global Environmental Politics 19(3), 33-56. https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00517
BEHN, C. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Rendering Technical, Rendering Sacred: The Politics of Hydroelectric Development on British Columbia’s Saaghii Naachii/Peace River’ Global Environmental Politics 19(3), 98-119. https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00518
BAKA, J., HESSE, A., WEINTHAL, E. and BAKKER, K. 2019 ‘Environmental Knowledge Cartographies: Evaluating Competing Discourses in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Rule-Making’ Annals of the American Association of Geographers 0(0), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1574549
BAKKER, K. and HENDRIKS, R. 2019 ‘Contested Knowledges in Hydroelectric Project Assessment: The Case of Canada’s Site C Project’. Special issue on “Contested Knowledges: Water Conflicts on Large Dams and Mega-Hydraulic Development”. Water 11(3), 406. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11030406
NEVILLE, K., COOK, J., BAKA, J., BAKKER, K. and WEINTHAL, E. 2018 ‘Can shareholder advocacy shape energy governance? The case of the US antifracking movement’ Review of International Political Economy 26(1), 104-133. https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2018.1488757
BAKKER, K. and RITTS, M. 2018 ‘Smart Earth: A meta-review and implications for environmental governance’ Global Environmental Change 52, 201-211 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.07.011
BAKA, J., K. NEVILLE, E. WEINTHAL and BAKKER, K. 2018. ‘Policy Mobilities and Agenda-Setting at the Energy-Water Nexus: Constructing and Maintaining a Policy Monopoly in US Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation’ Review of Policy Research. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12287.
DUNN, G., BROWN, R., BOS, J. and BAKKER, K. 2017. ‘The Role of the Science-Policy Interface in Sustainable Urban Water Transitions: Lessons from Rotterdam’ Environmental Science & Policy. 73: 71-79.
NEVILLE, K., BAKA, J., GAMPER-RABINDRAN, S., BAKKER, K., ANDREASSON, S., VENGOSH, A., LIN, A., NEM SINGH J., and WEINTHAL, E. 2017. ‘Debating unconventional energy: Social, political and economic implications’ Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 42: 241-266.