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.
My research focuses on digital transformation and environmental change. A Guggenheim Fellow, I lead the 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). doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619886974
Bakker, K. and M. Ritts. 2022. Environmental Governance in a Wired World. In The Nature of Data, edited by E. Nost and J. Goldstein, 61-76. University of Nebraska Press. doi: 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. Baka, J. Harrison, C. 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
Bakker, K., Rosemary, K., Leape, J., Mackworth, A. K., Ng, R., and Ritts, M. 2020. Digital Technologies and Dynamic Resource Management. IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP): 368-373. doi: 10.1109/SMARTCOMP50058.2020.00079.
Baka, J., Hesse, A., Neville, K. J., Weinthal, E., and Bakker, K. 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, K. and Crane, C. Water Teachings. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2020. Available online here: https://www.waterteachings.com/
Demaria, F. Kallis, G. and K. Bakker. 2019. Geographies of degrowth: Nowtopias, resurgences and the decolonization of imaginaries and places. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 2 (3): 431-450. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619869689
Diver, S. Ahrends, D. ARBIT, T. and K. Bakker. 2019. Engaging Colonial Entanglements: “Treatment as a State” Policy for Indigenous Water Co-Governance. Global Environmental Politics 19 (3): 33-56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00517
Behn, C. and K. Bakker. 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. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/glep_a_00518
Baka, J. HESSE, A. Weinthal, E. and K. Bakker. 2019. Environmental Knowledge Cartographies: Evaluating Competing Discourses in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Rule-Making. Annals of the American Association of Geographers: 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1574549
Bakker, K. and R. Hendriks. 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). doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/w11030406