The Women and Water Lecture Series, hosted by the Global Water Futures (GWF) program, GWF Young Professionalsand the Global Institute for Water Security, at the University of Saskatchewan, will occur monthly from January to April. The series will showcase research, support young professionals and provide a space for dialogue and networking. Additionally, the series will explore water-related challenges, roles of women in water, gendered water-related impacts, and challenges and opportunities facing women in water research. Women + Water is an inclusive community and all are welcome to attend.

2023 Schedule

Date & Time Topic
January 12
12:30pm -
1:30pm CST
Water Diplomacy Navigating the Space Between Common Goals and Competing Visions
February 9
12:30pm -
1:30pm CST
Women Water Networks Catalysts for Change
In honour of the United Nations International Day for Women and Girls in Science (Saturday, February 11, 2023)
March 9
12:30pm -
1:30pm CST
Flood Warnings and Maps Water Models and Tools in Practice
March 23
12:30pm -
1:30pm CST
The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis
In honor of World Water Day (March 22, 2023)
April 20
12:30pm -
2:00pm CST
Civil Society Action for Sustainable Water Futures

Check back for more information on speakers and registration in October 2022!

Expert List



The Women + Water Expert List is inspired by the Women + Water Lecture Series. The expert list will connect people with opportunities to share their research and expertise on gender and all areas of water research on their terms in spaces that are meaningful to them. Although we highlight women in water research, you don't have to identify as a woman to express your interest. You have to be passionate about inclusive water research. Express your interest, and we will be in touch with more information in the Spring of 2022!

Past Lecture Series

Women and Water Playlist: December 2018 - April 2019

  1. Women in Water: A Goal of Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities
  2. Climate Change and Society, featuring:
    • Dr. Maureen Reed, Researcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. David Natcher, Researcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Maria Mora, PhD Candidate
  3. Ecosystem Services, featuring:
    • Dr. Heidi Swanson, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
    • Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Patrick Lloyd-Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  4. Knowledge Mobilization, featuring:
    • Kathryn Warden, Director of Research and Profile, University of Saskatchewan
    • Stephanie Merrill, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, University of Saskatchewan
    • Holly Annand, PhD Candidate
  5. Snow and Ice, featuring:
    • Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Glaciologist, Simon Fraser University
    • Caroline Aubry-Wake, PhD Candidate

Women and Water Playlist: 2021

1. Water Policy, featuring: 

Felicia Marcus
Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Woods Institute Water in the West Program. She is also a member of the Water Policy Group, an international network of former and current high level water officials (http://waterpolicygroup.com). Felicia was most recently Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. She previously served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX and as head of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She has a JD from NYU School of Law and an AB cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.

Graham Strickert
Dr. Graham Strickert (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability and a founding member of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Strickert’s research seeks to better understand how different people think about and use water and how their thinking influences behavior and water use through the use of social science tools to incorporate people's values and attitudes into water sciences. Dr. Strickert has worked with government agencies including LandCare Research – Menaaki Whenua, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Saskatchewan Association of Watershed, Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and Environment Canada. He has also worked in the private sector for Uretech Surfaces, Inamr Industries, and Johnson and Johnson and as an ally to indigenous communities in the Yukon, NWT, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.

 2. Sustainable Ecosystems, featuring: 

Isabelle Durance
Isabelle Durance is a professor at Cardiff School of Biosciences. Her research focuses on three key areas: the role of river biodiversity in sustaining key ecosystem services, the role of landscape processes in driving freshwater ecosystems, the impact of global changes on freshwater ecosystems. Isabelle believes that interdisciplinary research is necessary to find solutions to current environmental challenges and aims to foster collaborations between academics and stakeholders through her different roles. She is the Director of Cardiff Water Research Institute, of the GW4 Water Security Alliance and of GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training.

Jared Wolfe
Jared Wolfe is the Project Manager for the Prairie Water project under the Global Water Futures program and is based out of the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security. He is an aquatic ecosystems ecologist with an interest in exploring how the interaction between science, policy, and management can promote sustainable water resources. He places a strong emphasis on collaboration in projects and providing an open space for dialogue on wicked environmental issues. Jared also sits on the National Board for the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation as the Regional Director for the Prairie Region. Within this role, he serves on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion National Committee that aims to operationalize principles of diversity and inclusion in organizational programming at national and local levels. Through listening to and working with his colleagues, Jared hopes to serve as an ally to promote approaches of inclusion within his wider community.

3. Valuing Water, featuring:

Diane Dupont
Diane P. Dupont is a Professor of Economics at Brock University, where she has held a Chancellors Chair for Research Excellence and was awarded the Brock University Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award. She is also a member of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and was the Scientific Director of the Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network, a SSHRC Partnership Grant, from 2016-2020. Her editorial positions have been with Water Resources Research, Water Resources & Economics, Canadian Journal of Water Resources, Society and Natural Resources, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Water Economics and Policy, and Water Resources and Economics. She works in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics, particularly where they intersect in the area of non-market valuation. Her research program concentrates upon examining ways to encourage more efficient and sustainable use of water resources both on the supply and demand side. On the supply side, she looks at factors that help to identify which water utilities operate most efficiently and sustainably. On the demand side, she has undertaken a number of non-market valuation studies to determine the value of good quality water as it relates to individuals’ perceptions of the health effects of tap water, as well as their willingness to pay for water-based recreational activities.

Diana Karanja
Dr. Karanja is a widely published medical researcher with experience of over 30 years working with Kenya Medical Research Institute, while collaborating with International Universities in Canada, Japan, Europe and United States, as well as global Institutions including the World Health Organization and the United Nations.  She is the Director of a National Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya; whose focus is on community health and wellbeing.  She is extremely interested in youth mentorship. 

Andrea Rowe
Dr. Andrea Rowe (PhD) joined the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and Global Water Futures (GWF) as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist in September of 2020. Andrea is one of the original Co-Founders and Chief Research Officers at Feminuity, an evidence-based research-driven firm specializing in EDI in the tech sector. Andrea has a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University, where she researched gender equality in national innovation systems in Canada, Sweden, and the OECD in Paris, France.  

4. Women in the Field, featuring:

Stephanie Pow
Stephanie is a graduate of the Water Resource Engineering Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Palliser Campus.  She has worked at Environment Canada and Climate Change with Water Survey of Canada for 15 years.  She graduated from the departments’ apprenticeship program as Hydrometric Technologist.  She has held several supervisory roles within the department.  She was promoted to Head of Operations of Saskatchewan in March 2020. 

Lorelei Ford
Lorelei Ford, M.E.S., is a Water Quality Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency. She has worked in the fields of fisheries, limnology, and unregulated drinking water over her 17 years in government. Her primary responsibility is to ensure the monitoring and reporting of water quality for streams, rivers, and lakes in Saskatchewan.

Lindsey Langs
Lindsey is a Research Officer and Technician working at the Centre for Hydrology’s Coldwater Lab in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, based in Canmore, AB. She completed her M.Sc degree in forest hydrology at the University of Waterloo, and continues to apply her field and research experience within the Mountain Water Futures project, pulling from 5 years of field-based experience.

Women and Water Playlist: 2022

1.Transborder Collaboration: Women and High Mountain Water, featuring:

Izabella Koziell 

Izabella Koziell has over thirty years of experience in climate, environment and development, working with NGOs, donors, international organizations and governments in various leadership positions in policy, programme delivery and research, and across multiple geographies. Recently Izabella joined as Deputy Director-General of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, a regional organization working to tackle transboundary challenges of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and land and ecosystem degradation. Previously with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka as Program Director for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems for five years, and prior to that with the UK Department for International Development (DFID, now FCDO), the International Institute for Environment and Development. Izabella began her career in dryland Tanzania with the Lutheran World Service.

Valentia Radic 

Valentina Radic is an Associate Professor in Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC, Vancouver. She obtained her BSc in 2004 in Geophysics (Meteorology and PhysicalOceanography) from Zagreb University, Croatia, and a PhD in Geophysics (Glaciology) in 2008 from University of Fairbanks Alaska. Her research is focused on quantifying the response of mountain glaciers to climate change on regional and global scales, and projecting glacier contributions to regional streamflow and global sea level rise.

Erin Nicholls

Erin is a PhD Candidate working in the McMaster Watershed Hydrology Group in Hamilton, Ontario. Her research is based out of the Yukon Territory, where she examines the influence of climate change driven vegetation change (treeline advance and shrubification) and frozen ground status on water cycling and storage in subarctic, alpine regions.

2. Innovation in Watershed Management: Towards Better Engagements Between Upstream and Downstream Voices, featuring

Deborah McGregor

Professor Deborah McGregor (Anishinabek), is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University. Professor McGregor’s research has focusedonIndigenousknowledgeand legal systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental and climate justice, health and environment and sustainability.

Michela Carriere

Michela Carriere is an indigenous adventure guide from Big Eddy Lodge, 60km northwest of the nearest town, Cumberland House, SK. This area is known as the Saskatchewan River Delta. Michela is owner of Aski Holistic Adventures, her tours will take you deep into the Canadian wilderness to connect with the natural world, while her traditional skill teachings delve into the practices of indigenous herbalists to heal your spirit.

Laila Balkhi

Laila is the Program Manager for Global Water Future’s Integrated Modelling Program (IMPC). She is an early-career professional passionate about policy-relevant research for water security and climate resiliency. She’s studied environmental sciences at University of Pennsylvania and completed her master's in Sustainable Environmental Management at USask in 2019 with a collaborative research focus on identifying meaningful Indigenous engagement principles to inform UNESCO’s Global Geoparkinitiatives. She believes in and focuses her work on collaborative problem-solving and ongoing dialogue to implement effective engagement strategies that connect research solutions with community action and decision-making

3. Women, Water and Food Security, featuring:

Margret Akuriba

Margaret Atosina Akuriba holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University and ResearchNetherlands. She is an academic at the School of Applied Economics and Management Sciences of the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Her current research focuses on irrigation governance and approaches to strengthening agribusiness value chains for food security and rural development.

Alirah Weyori

Alirah Weyori is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics, Leibniz UniversityHannover-Germany.His research interest includes food security, poverty and vulnerability, climate change and adaptations, agricultural intensification,rural-urban migration. He has worked extensively with rural house holds across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Thierno Malick Diallo

Thierno Malick Diallo is a lecturer at Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal. His research centers around labor economics, gender, povertyand rural economics. He has been involved in research collaborations with the Partnership for EconomicPolicy (PEP), the International Institute of TropicalAgriculture (IITA),the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the African Economic Research Consortium(AERC)

Sabine Liehenehm

Sabine Liebenehm is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Development Economics with a joined appointment with the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department and the Economics Department at the University of Saskatchewan. Sabine obtained her PhD from the Leibniz University Hannover, GermanyIn her research, Sabine seeks to improve the understanding of the economic decision-making among households living in rural and remote settings often exposed to an adverse environment with limited access to formal safety net mechanisms. She focuses on two aspects that determine the risk management decision: (i) the impact of adverse risks, and (ii) the interaction with people’s preferences and perceptions. To assess the research questions, Sabine applies empirical microeconomic strategies, leveraging rich datasets obtained from household surveys, lab-in-the-field experiments, social network studies, and climate data observations. Geographically, Sabine workprimarily with rural agricultural households in Southeast Asia and West Africa, and she is currently establishing a collaboration with a First Nation community in Northern Alberta, Canada

4. Women and Rural Water Security Around the World, featuring:

Gervin Apatinga 

Gervin A. Apatinga is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning, cross affiliated to the Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has research interests in water and gender, gender-based violence, migration, and population health, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. His most recent research examines the impact of water (in)accessibility on rural women’s health and livelihoods in Ghana and Uganda.

Corinne Schuster-Wallace

Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan, the Associate Director of the Global Water Futures (GWF) Research Network and the founder of the Women and Water lecture series.

Andrea Rowe

Andrea Rowe is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Advisor with What About Water? and the EDI Specialist at the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and Global Water Futures (GWF). Andrea is passionate about inclusive innovation as a path to combating climate change and creating a more sustainable future for all. Andrea has published her work on gender equality and national innovation systems in the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University and completed a Mitacs Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University

5. Making the Invisible Visible: Chemical Exposure and Groundwater, featuring: 

Karletta Cheif 
Dr. Karletta Chief(Diné)is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of ArizonaShe is also the Director of the Indigenous ResilienceCenter.As an Extension Specialist, she works to bring relevant water science to Native American communities in a culturally sensitive manner. The Indigenous Resilience Center aims to facilitate efforts of UArizona climate/environment researchers, faculty, staff, and students working with Native Nations to build resiliency to climate impacts and environmental challenges. Two of her primary tribal projects are The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Climate Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge Project and Gold King Mine Spill Diné Exposure ProjectIn partnership with Diné College, Dr. Chief leads the NSF Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty Program and is training 39 graduate students. Indige-FEWSS’s vision is to develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and expertise insustainable food, energy, and water systems (FEWS), specifically through off-grid technologies to address the lack of safe water, energy, and food security in Indigenous communities. Dr. Chief received aB.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000 and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from UA in 2007.
Sarah Dickson-Anderson
Dr. Sarah Dickson-Anderson is the Associate Chair - Graduate in the Department of Civil Engineering, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. Dr. Dickson- Anderson's expertise is in hydrogeology, with a focus on fractured rock systems. She and her graduate students conduct research on the characterization of these systems and investigate the transport and fate of particulate and chemical contaminants within them, including a comprehensive understanding of these systems required to inform aquifer vulnerability studies and thus the risks posed to drinking water sources. Dr. Dickson brings this background to the study of local water security, particularly in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. She collaborates with other disciplines towards a holistic understanding that encompasses the physical, social, cultural, and economic elements of local water security. 
Jay Famiglietti
Dr. Jay Famiglietti is a professor of hydrology and Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to USask, Jay served as the Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jay’s research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. Jay, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, is a regular advisor to state, provincial, and federal government officials on water security issues. Jay is also the host of the What About Water? Podcast

Feel like watching everything from the beginning? You can view a playlist of all lectures from all years here.

About the Team

The Women + Water Lecture Series was created in 2018 by Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Andrea Rowe - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at the Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures - joined the series in 2020 to grow the series and incorporate inclusive design principles. Women + Water is guided by advisory panel members Dr. Markus Brinkmann, Dr. Lalita Bharadwaj, Dr. Helen Baulch, and Dr. Saman Ravazi. Science Communications and outreach is led by Ms. Stacey Dumanski and Ms. Laura McFarlan. Additional communications, technical, and web support are provided by Global Water Futures staff Fred Reibin and Jesse Witow.