Karen Bakker is a professor of geography, Canada Research Chair, and Director of the Program on Water Governance at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. She is currently on sabbatical at Stanford, where she is jointly appointed at CASBS (Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communication) and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Cox Visiting Professorship).

Abstract: This working paper Agenda setting at the energy-water nexus: Policy monopoly and soft capture in U.S. hydraulic fracturing regulation and co-authored by Jenn Baka (London School of Economics), Kate Neville (University of Toronto), and Erika Weinthal (Duke) details an empirical study of oil and gas industry efforts to influence U.S. environmental regulatory outcomes related to hydraulic fracturing through (i) a content analysis of 589 congressional hearings related to hydraulic fracturing from 1997-2015; and (ii) an evaluation of efforts by the American Legislative Exchange Council to promote a “model policy” on hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure in the Marcellus Shale basin.

More information on her research can be found at: www.watergovernance.ca  or www.karenbakker.org

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