About Carl Bauer
Professor, School of Geography & Development
I work on problems of water rights and water policy at the intersection of law, geography, and political economy. My approach is comparative and interdisciplinary in research, teaching, and outreach. Since the mid 1980s I have focused on issues of water markets, privatization, conflicts, and governance; hydroelectric power, multiple water uses, and river basin development; and the law and political economy of regulation and property rights. In recent years I have turned to the nexus between water and electricity policies, particularly as they affect hydropower, in the current context of climate and environmental change. My regional expertise is in the Western United States and Latin America, especially Chile where I have lived and worked for many years. I work with graduate students and colleagues, both U.S. and foreign, to study water policies in the Americas as well as Spain, the European Union, Australia, and the international arena in general. I am concerned with empirical issues of law and public policy and I aim to bridge the gap between academic and policy audiences. I am regularly interviewed about water policy by journalists, professionals, and students in Latin America, the U.S.A., and Europe.
Ph., 1995, M.A., 1990, Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California-Berkeley Law School.