Themes and Concepts: Governance for water and the environment

Publications are organized by theme and concept, action realm and regional focus. You may also view a list of all publications and a list of all Master's theses and PhD dissertations.


de Loë, R.C., D. Murray, S. Michaels and R. Plummer. 2016. Policy transfer among regional-level organizations: insights from source water protection in Ontario. Environmental Management. 58(1): 31–47.


Armitage, D., R.C. de Loë, M. Morris, T.W.D. Edwards, A.K. Gerlak, R.I. Hall, D. Huitema, R. Ison, D. Livingstone, G. MacDonald, N. Mirumachi, R. Plummer and B.B. Wolfe. 2015. Science-policy processes for transboundary water governance. Ambio. 44:353–366.

Brisbois, M.C. 2015. Natural Resource Iand the State in Collaborative Approaches to Water Governance: a Power-Based Analysis. PhD Thesis. Waterloo, ON: Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo.

Brisbois, M.C. and R.C. de Loë. 2015. Power in collaborative approaches to governance for water: A systematic review. Society and Natural Resources. DOI 10.1080/08941920.2015.1080339

Davidson, S L. and R.C. de Loë. 2015. The changing role of ENGO’s in water governance: institutional entrepreneurs? Environmental Management. DOI 10.1007/s00267-015-0588-8.

de Loë, R. 2015. Using Knowledge Co-Production to Improve Collaborative Approaches to Governance for Water. Waterloo, ON: Canadian Water Network.

de Loë, R.C. 2015. Water governance in Canada: challenges and opportunities. Chapter 14 in Resource and Environmental Management in Canada: Addressing Conflict and Uncertainty, pp. 345-369, 5th edition. ed. B. Mitchell. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.

de Loë, R.C. and J. Patterson. 2015. Review of Water Resilience for Human Prosperity, by Johan Rockström, Malin Falkenmark, Carl Folke, Mats Lannerstad, Jennie Barron, Elin Enfors, Line Gordon, Jens Heinke, Holger Hoff, and Claudia Pahl-Wostl. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2014. Canadian Water Resources Journal. DOI: 10.1080/07011784.2015.1064787

de Loë, R.C., D. Murray and H. Simpson. 2015. Farmer perspectives on collaborative approaches to governance for water. Journal of Rural Studies. 42: 191-205.

Simpson, H., R. de Loë and J. Andrey. 2015. Vernacular knowledge and water management – towards the integration of expert science and local knowledge in Ontario, Canada. Water Alternatives. 8(3): 77-97.

von der Porten, S., R.C. de Loë and R. Plummer. 2015. Collaborative environmental governance and Indigenous peoples: recommendations for practice. Journal of Environmental Practice. 17(2):133-144.


Davidson, S L. and de Loë, R. C. 2014. Watershed governance: transcending boundaries. Water Alternatives 7(2): 367-387.

de Loë, R.C. 2014. Transboundary water governance in the Mackenzie River Basin, Canada.  Chapter in Water for the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities. eds. Garrido, A. and Shechter, M. 133-155. London, UK: Routledge Press.

de Loë, R.C. and M. Morris. 2014. Cooperative transboundary water governance in Canada’s Mackenzie River Basin: status and prospects. Chapter 3 in The Politics of River Basin Organisations: Coalitions, Institutional Design Choices and Consequences, pp. 67-95, eds. D. Huitema and S. Meijerink. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Roth, A.P. 2014. Respecting Outcomes in Collaborative Processes: A low water response case study.  MES Thesis. Waterloo, ON: Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo.

Simpson, H.C. and R.C. de Loë. 2014. A collaborative approach to groundwater protection: the Rural Water Quality Program for Waterloo Region. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 39(2): 228-239.

von der Porten, S. and de Loë, R.C. 2014. Water policy reform and Indigenous governance. Water Policy. 16(2), p. 222–243.

von der Porten, S. and R.C. de Loë. 2014. How collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving view Indigenous peoples: a systematic review. Society and Natural Resources. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2014.918232


Bjornlund, H., C. Parrack and R.C. de Loë. 2013. Segmenting the urban and rural populations of southern Alberta for improved understanding of policy preferences for water reallocation. Society and Natural Resources. 26: 1330-1350.

Davidson, S. 2013.  Transformations in Water Governance: An Examination of the Lake Simcoe Watershed. PhD Thesis. Waterloo, ON: Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo.

de Loë, R. 2013. H2Opinion: make it material. Power players need water risk to be real on their terms. Water Canada. August 9, 2013. Online.

Murray, D. and R.C. de Loë. 2013. Information Sharing for Source Water Protection in Ontario: Summary of Findings. Prepared for Conservation Ontario. Waterloo, Ontario: Water Policy and Governance Group.

Plummer, R., D. Armitage and R.C. de Loë. 2013. Adaptive co-management and  its relationship to environmental governance. Ecology and Society. 18(1):21 [online].

von der Porten, S. and R.C. de Loë. 2013. Water governance and Indigenous governance: towards a synthesis. Indigenous Policy Journal. XXIII(4): online.


Armitage, D., R.C. de Loë and R. Plummer. 2012. Environmental governance and its implications for conservation practice. Conservation Letters. 5(4): 245-255.

de Loë, R.C. and D. Murray. 2012. Governance for Source Water Protection in Canada Synthesis
. Waterloo, ON: Water Policy and Governance Group.

Melnychuk, N., Murray, D., and de Loë, R. 2012. Water Governance Challenges and Opportunities: Lake Windermere, British Columbia. Water Policy and Governance Group, University of Waterloo: Waterloo, ON.

Murray, D. and R. de Loë. 2012. 'Understanding the Current and Potential Role of the Natural Resources Sector in Collaborative Approaches to Water Governance: Summary of Survey Findings'. Water Policy and Governance Group, University of Waterloo: Waterloo, ON.

Plummer, R., R.C. de Loë and D. Armitage. 2012. A systematic review of water vulnerability assessment tools. Water Resources Management. 26(15): 4327-4346.

von der Porten, S. 2012. Canadian Indigenous governance literature: A review. AlterNative International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 8(1).


Baird, J., Mitchell, S., Plummer, R., Purdy, S., Rathwell, K., and van Tol Smit, E. (2011). Water Governance in New Brunswick: Looking Forward. November 4, 2011 workshop report. French Fort Cove, Miramichi, NB.

de Loë, R.C. 2011. Mainstreaming climate change in drinking water source protection in Ontario: challenges and opportunities. In Climate Change Adaptation in Developed Nations: From Theory to Practice. eds. J. Ford and L Berrang-Ford. Springer. 439-448. New York: Springer.


National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and Water Policy and Governance Group. 2010. Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada's Natural Resource Sectors, Exploring the Changing Role of the Natural Resource Sectors in Canadian Water Governance. Tornoto, ON: National Round Table on the Environment and Economy.

Poirier, B. and de Loë, R. 2010. Analysing water institutions in the 21st century: guidelines for water researchers and professionals. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 2(3): 229-244.

Simms, G. and de Loë, R.C. 2010. Challenges for Water Governance in Canada: A Discussion Paper. Governance for Source Water Protection in Canada Report No. 2. Waterloo, ON: Water Policy and Governance Group.


de Loë, R. 2009. A Canadian vision and strategy for water in the 21st century. Policy Options. July-August: 21-24.

de Loë, R.C., Armitage, D., Plummer, R., Davidson, S. and Moraru, L. 2009. From Government to Governance: A State-of-the-Art Review of Environmental Governance. Final Report. Prepared for Alberta Environment, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Relations. Guelph, ON: Rob de Loë Consulting Services.

Robins, L. and R.C. de Loë. 2009. Decentralised governance for natural resource management: capacity challenges in Australia and Canada. In Contested Country: Local and Regional Natural Resources Management in Australia. eds. M.B. Lane, C. Robinson, B. Taylor, pp. 179-197. Collingwood, Australia: CSIRO Press.


de Loë, R.C. 2008. Toward a Canadian National Water Strategy. Final Report. Prepared for Canadian Water Resources Association. Guelph, ON: Rob de Loë Consulting Services.

de Loë, R.C. 2008. Canada needs a national water strategy. Invited Commentary. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 33(4): 309-14.

de Loë, R.C. and Bjornlund, H. 2008. Irrigation and water security: the role of economic instruments and governance. In Sustainable Irrigation Management, Technologies and Policies II . WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Volume 112, 35-42, ed. Y. Villacampa Esteve. Southampton: Wessex Institute of Technology Press.

Ferreyra, C., R.C. de Loë and R.D. Kreutzwiser. 2008. Imagined communities, contested watersheds: challenges to integrated water resources management in agricultural areas. Journal of Rural Studies. 24: 304–321.


de Loë, R.C. and Kreutzwiser, R.D. 2007. Challenging the status quo: the evolution of water governance in Canada. In Eau Canada: The Future of Canadian Water Governance. ed. K. Bakker, pp. 85-103. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.


de Loë, R. and R.D. Kreutzwiser. 2005. Closing the groundwater protection implementation gap. GeoForum. 36(2): 241-256.

de Loë, R.C. 2005. Water governance in Canada: trends and implications. In Reflections on Our Future: Into a New Century of Water Stewardship. Proceedings of the CWRA 58th Annual Conference, Banff, Alberta, June 14-17, 2005. Cambridge, Ontario: Canadian Water Resources Association.


Van Veen, D., Kreutzwiser and R.C. de Loë. 2003. Selecting dispute resolution techniques for water resources disputes in Ontario. Applied Geography. 29:89-113.


Robinson, D.M. 1999. The Management of Local Water Disputes in Ontario. MA Thesis. Department of Geography, University of Guelph: Guelph, Ontario, Canada.