Kate Berry

Portrait of Kate Berry


Dr. Berry has research interests in water governance and geographies of social identity. She has experience in water and environmental conflict analysis and studies the cultural politics of water, working extensively on Indigenous water issues. She has worked in the western U.S., Latin America, and the Pacific. She recently completed a nine-year stint as an advisory committee chair of the International Program Advisory Committee for two programs in the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) on Conflict and Cooperation in Natural Resources Management in Developing Countries and has served as the president of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

Research interests

Water governance; geographies of social identity; Indigenous geographies; cultural politics of water; legal geographies; environmental justice; geographies of racialization; environmental conflict transformation.


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado Boulder, 1993
  • M.S., Watershed Science, Colorado State University, 1985
  • B.S., Forestry & Natural Resources, Northern Arizona University, 1980

Select publications

  • Hillis V, Berry KA, Swette B, Aslan C, Barry S, Porensky L. (accepted) Unlikely alliances and the future of social-ecological systems in the American West. Environmental Research Letters.
  • Berry KA, Cavazos Cohn T, Oliveira KRK, Redman IM. (2019) Languages of water: Arapaho and Hawaiian, Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, edited by Brunn S, Kehrein K, Springer Publishers [online & in print]. doi 10.1007/978-3-319-73400-2_156-1
  • Cohn TC, Berry KA, Whyte KP, Norman E. (2019) Spatio-temporality and tribal water quality governance in the United States. Water 11(1):99. doi:10.3390/w11010099. Also published in: Wilson NJ, Harris LM, Nelson J, Shah SH. (2019) Water Governance: Retheorizing Politics Basel, Switzerland: MDPI, p. 236-249. ISBN 978-3-03921-560-7. doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03921-561-4. 
  • Berry KA, Jackson S. (2018). The making of white water citizens in Australia and the western U.S.: Racialization as a transnational project of irrigation governance. Annals of AAG 108(5): 1354-1369. doi:10.1080/24694452.2017.1420463.
  • Berry KA, Kalluri B, la Viña A. (2018). South-to-south exchanges in addressing and understanding natural resource conflicts. Ecology & Society 23(3): 33. doi:10.5751/ES-10306-230333.
  • Berry KA, Jackson S, Saito L, Forline L. (2018). Reconceptualising water quality governance to incorporate knowledge and values: Case studies from Australian and Brazilian Indigenous communities. Water Alternatives 11(1): 40-60.
  • Berry, KA. (2017) Beyond the American culture wars: A call for environmental leadership and strengthening networks. Regions & Cohesion 7(2): 90-95. doi:10.3167/reco.2017.070205.
  • Berry KA, Matsui K, Jackson S, Cavazos Cohn T. (2017) Indigenous water histories II: Water histories and the cultural politics of water for contemporary Indigenous groups, Water History 9(1): 1-8. doi:10.1007/s12685-017-0195-0. 
  • Matsui K, Berry KA, Cavazos Cohn T, Jackson S. (2016) Indigenous water histories I: Recovering oral histories, interpreting Indigenous perspectives, and revealing waterscapes, Water History 8(4): 357-363. doi:10.1007/s126885-016-0184-8.
  • Horangic A, Berry, KA, Wall T. (2016) Influences on stakeholder participation in water negotiations: a case study from the Klamath Basin. Society & Natural Resources 29(12): 1421-1435. doi:10.1080/08941920.2016.1144837.
  • Perry D, Berry KA. (2016) Central American regional integration through infrastructure development: a Costa Rican case study of hydropower. Regions & Cohesion 6(1): 96-115. doi:10.3167/reco.2016.060105.