John Richard Wagner

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Degrees

  • BA (University of Victoria)
  • MA (University of Victoria)
  • PhD (McGill)

Research Interests

  • environmental anthropology
  • political ecology
  • water governance
  • water rights
  • agriculture and food security
  • vernacular education and language revitalization
  • local ecological knowledge
  • conservation and development
  • property rights

Research support

  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2012-2014, Water Governance and Agriculture in the Columbia River Basin.
  • Co-Investigator, National Geographic Genographic Legacy Fund, 2013-2014, Kala Vernacular Education and Local Ecological Knowledge Project. Principal Investigator Christine Schreyer
  • Principal investigator UBC Hampton Collaborative Research Grant, 2009-2011 Vernacular Education and Local Ecological Knowledge in Papua New Guinea. Co-investigator Christine Schreyer.
  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2005-2009, From Abundance to Scarcity: the Political Ecology of Water Use in the Okanagan Valley
  • Co-Investigator, SSHRC Aboriginal Research Development Grant, N’Syilxcan Ethnological History of Okanagan Watershed Jeannette Armstrong, Principal Investigator
  • Co-Investigator, Social Research for Sustainable Fisheries Project  http://people.stfx.ca/rsg/SRSF/  2001-2003.

Selection of Publications

  • Wagner, John (ed.). 2013. The Social Life of Water. New York: Berghahn Books. Publication scheduled for August 2013.
  • Wagner, John 2012. Water and the Commons Imaginary. Current Anthropology 53(5):617-641.
  • Wagner, John and Kasondra White. 2009. Water and Development in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Journal of Enterprising Communities 3(4):378-392.
  • Wagner, John. 2008. Landscape Aesthetics, Water and Settler Colonialism in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 12:22-38.
  • Wagner, John and Malia Talakai. 2007. Introduction to Customs, Commons, Property and Ecology: Case Studies from Oceania. In John Wagner and Mike Evans, guest editors. Customs, Commons, Property and Ecology: Case Studies from Oceania, a special edition of Human Organization 66(1):1-10.
  • Wagner, John. 2007. Conservation as Development in Papua New Guinea: The View from Blue Mountain. In John Wagner and Mike Evans, guest editors. Customs, Commons, Property and Ecology: Case Studies from Oceania, a special edition of Human Organization 66(1):28-37.
  • Davis, Anthony and John Wagner. 2006. A Right to Fish for a Living? The Case for Coastal Fishing Peoples’ Determination of Access and Participation. Ocean and Coastal Management 49(7-8): 498-510.
  • Davis, Anthony, John Wagner, Kerry Prosper and Mary Jane Paulette. 2005. The Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaq and K’at (American Eel): a case study of cultural relations, meanings and prospects. Native Studies 25(1).
  • Wagner, John. 2005. The politics of accountability: an institutional analysis of the conservation movement in Papua New Guinea. In Anthropology and Consultancy: Issues and Debates. Edited by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern. Studies in Applied Anthropology. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.
  • Wagner, John and Anthony Davis. 2004. Property as a social relation: rights of “kindness” and the social organization of lobster fishing among northeastern Nova Scotian Scottish Gaels. Human Organization 63(3): 320-333.
  • Davis, Anthony and John Wagner. 2003. Who knows? On the importance of identifying 'experts' when researching local ecological knowledge. Human Ecology 31(3):463-489.

Teaching Portfolio

UBC Okanagan Calendar Course Descriptions >>

  • ANTH 245: Culture and Environment
  • ANTH 300: Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
  • ANTH 345: Introduction to Ecological Anthropology
  • ANTH 355: Ethnography of Development
  • ANTH 407: Ethnographic Fieldwork
  • ANTH 455: Political Ecology

Last reviewed shim7/11/2013 10:50:24 AM

Contact

ART273
Phone: 250-807-9318
Fax: 250-807-8001
E-mail: john.wagner@ubc.ca

Community, Culture, and Global Studies
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
The University of British Columbia Okanagan
3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

John Wagner