Joanne Taylor

(She, Her, Hers)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
Office: LM4, 6th Floor
Phone: 250.826.2905

Research Summary

environmental anthropologist; political ecologist; food security; food sovereignty; water security; Environmental Water Governance; International Watercourse Law, Indigenous Water Governance, the Columbia River Treaty; governance and policy; International River Basin Organizations; climate change, and agricultural adaptation to climate change.


I am a white settler of primarily third-generation Russian and Ukrainian descendants who grew up on unceded Coast Salish, Ktunaxa, and Syilx territories – Vancouver, Kootenay-Boundary, and Kelowna, BC. I am an environmental anthropologist and political ecologist and received my Ph.D from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in the Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies under the guidance of Dr. John Wagner where I foreground my research from multiple perspectives on how food security and food sovereignty continue to be dominated by violent resource extractive policies and power dynamics that marginalize Indigenous food production and small-scale food producers on the traditional lands of the Ktunaxa First Nation and the Yaqan-Nu?kiy of the Creston Valley of British Columbia during catastrophic climate change and the renegotiation of the 60-year bilateral Columbia River Treaty. I recently completed m first SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UBCO in the Department of Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy, under the guidance of Dr. John Janmaat where I examined agricultural adaptation to climate change in the Cariboo (Secwepemc) and Okanagan (Syilx) Regions of BC as it relates to the (relatively) new BC Water Sustainability Act (2016). My second SSHRC post doctoral fellowship continues to investigate the Columbia River Treaty process and its Governance Systems during the renegotiation of a soon to be announced, revised Columbia River Treaty where we also examine International River Basin Organizations and its potential to inform the Columbia River Basin and its many communities.


PhD University of British Columbia

Research Interests & Projects

The Columbia River Treaty, climate change, International River Basin Organizations, water policy, treaty making, negotiations, transboundary river nations, governance; water security, food security and food sovereignty.

Selected Grants & Awards

UBCO annual funding for Masters and Doctoral studies, UBCO Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Masters Bombardier award, SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study award, Doctoral award, SSHRC Postdoctoral award, SSHRC Postdoctoral award

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

  • Canadian Anthropological Society (CASCA)
  • American Anthropology Association (AAA)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – British Columbia and Canada (TESL and TEAL)
  • Society for Applied Anthropologists (SFAA)
  • American Society for Ethno History
  • Canadian Federation of University Women
  • Slow Food Movement Canada – Kelowna Branch
  • Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP)


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