Emma S. Norman, Ph.D.


Dr. Emma Norman is Chair of the Science Department / Native Environemntal Science Program at Northwest Indian College. Dr. Norman is a long-term collaborator with the Program on Water Governance (at the University of British Columbia) and was recently named a Research Associate with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

She has served as a  Whiteley Scholar in residence at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs for the past two summers, where she completed her thrid manuscript, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous Communities (Routledge) and continues to work on a manuscript related to enviornmental and social justice of fish contamination.

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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

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"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

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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

Chair, Science Department/
Native Environmental Science Program
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226 USA