John Richard Wagner

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Degrees

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

Research Interests

  • environmental anthropology
  • political ecology
  • water, water governance, the social life of rivers 
  • local ecological knowledge
  • agriculture and food security
  • language documentation (Papua New Guinea)

Selection of Publications

  • Wagner, John and Jerry Jacka (eds.). 2017 (in press). Island Rivers: Fresh Water and Place in Oceania. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Wagner, John. 2017. Rivers of Memory and Forgetting. In Island Rivers: Freshwater and Place in Oceania. J. Wagner and J. Jacka, eds. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Wagner, John, Jerry Jacka, Edvard Hviding, Alex Mawyer, and Marama Leigh Muru-Lanning. River as Ethnographic Subject. Introduction to Island Rivers. J. Wagner and J. Jacka, eds. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Mettler, C., A. Dulic, J. Angel, J. Coble, J. Marshall, J. Wagner, K. Holland and L. Digby. The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan Valley: Past, Present and Future. A museum exhibition hosted by the Kelowna Museums Society at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, Kelowna, BC, Oct/2016 – May/2017.
  • Schreyer, Christine and John Wagner. 2015. The Kala Film Project: Kala Walo Nua. Written and produced by John Wagner and Christine Schreyer. Edited by Randy Grice. Published online Oct 22, 2015. http://www.christineschreyer.ca/Research.html.
  • Schreyer, Christine and John Wagner. 2013. Kala Biŋatuwa: A Community-Driven Alphabet for the Kala language. Ottawa: Foundation for Endangered Languages (conference proceedings). 
  • Wagner, John (ed.). 2013. The Social Life of Water. New York. Berghahn Books. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Research Grants

  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, UBC Okanagan sub-award, 2016-2019, Documentation of the Kala Language (KCL) through an Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Study of the Aquatic Environment.
  • Principal Investigator, SSHRC Connections Grant, 2016-2017, The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan Valley.
  • 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.

Teaching Portfolio

  • ANTH 245: Culture and Environment
  • ANTH 300: Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
  • ANTH 355: Ethnography of Development
  • ANTH 455: Political Ecology
  • IGS 515: Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences 

UBC Okanagan Calendar Course Descriptions

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Contact

ART 262
Phone: 250.807.9318
Fax: 250.807.8001
Email: john.wagner@ubc.ca

Community, Culture, and Global Studies
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
The University of British Columbia Okanagan
1147 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

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