Emma S. Norman, Ph.D.



Dr. Emma Norman is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Michigan Technological University's Department of Social Sciences and Environmental and Energy Policy Program,  working closely with the Great Lakes Research Center (MTU) and the Program on Water Governance (at the University of British Columbia).  She is an environmental geographer interested in nature-society relations, postcolonial studies, environmental and social justice, and the intersection between water governance and the politics of scale.

Dr. Norman was just named a Research Fellow with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

This summer, she was a  Whiteley Scholar in residence at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs, where she completed her thrid manuscript, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous Communities (Routledge). 

New and Notable:

Watch Videos from 2014 World Water Day, The Water - Energy Nexus

Op- Ed on Columbia River Treaty in Hill Times (Ottawa) Transboundary Water Governance Needs New Approach
Second Edition available!: Water without Borders: Canada, the U.S. and Shared Waters

Praise for Water without Borders:

"Water Without Borders offers important lessons for managing water across one of the longest political borders in the world: Canada – U.S. frontier. This book shows how the increased participation by citizen activists and watershed groups is improving water governance. Water Without Borders is a must read for anyone interested in protecting shared waterways and fortifying strong communities for the 21st Century."
--- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
President and Founder of Waterkeeper Alliance

Order from Order from: University of Toronto Press   ~  Amazon 

For more information and to download policy briefs:  waterwithoutborders.info 

All proceeds go to Waterkeeper Alliance, “a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.”

Article Selected for Virtual Special Issue New Geographical Frontiers  - Royal Geographic Society 

NEW National Science Foundation Funding

CNH: Managing Impacts of Global Transport of Atmosphere-Surface Exchangeable Pollutants in the Context of Global Change

Project Website 

This project helps to understand how we can better manage pollutants that travel long distances in the atmosphere and cause harm to humans and ecosystems.  We aim to understand the mechanisms in place to govern these “invisible” and widespread extraterritorial pollutants, and to make recommendations on how to better mediate their negative impacts.


Indigenous space, citizenry, and the cultural politics of transboundary water governance. Link Here

Indigenous space, citizenry, and the cultural politics of transboundary water governance   

Water governance and the politics of scale: How thinking critically about scale can help create better water governance. Link Here

Dr. Emma S. Norman

Assistant Professor, Geography (SS)
Environmental & Energy Policy Program
Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
email: esnorman@mtu.edu

ph. 906.487.1431
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