Alana Boland, Associate Professor

Administrative Position:
Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning | Faculty of Arts & Science

Home Campus:
U of T St. George

University of Washington (Geography)

Other Degrees:
MAIS University of Washington (China Studies)
BA Reed College (Physics)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-1587
Fax:        (416) 946-3886
Location: Room 5006, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Environment and development
  • Sustainability and urban political economy
  • China (1950s to present)
  • Water governance

Teaching This Academic Year:

  • GGR223H1S – Environment, Society, and Resources

Selected Publications:

  • Boland, A. 2016. From factory to field: Wastewater irrigation in China’s early socialist cities, Global Environment, 9: 219-239.
  • Boland, A. 2015. Bakker’s Privatizing Water and the place of China’s cities, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39 (5): 1043-1056.
  • Boland, A. and Zhu, J. 2012. Public participation in China’s green communities: Mobilizing memories and structuring incentives, Geoforum, 43(1): 147-157.
  • Boland, A. 2007. The trickle-down effect: Ideology and the development of premium water networks in China’s cities, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31(1): 21-40.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Nature, Society and Environmental Change, Political Ecology, Political Spaces