Rebecca (Becky) McMillan, Human Geography PhD Student


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Community-based water governance in Venezuela

Other Degrees:
MA in International Development & Globalization, University of Ottawa
BA in Environmental Studies, Mount Allison University

Honours & Awards:
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC (PhD)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (MA)
Mount Allison University Bell Scholarship (BA)

Dr. Scott Prudham

Contact Information:


Office: Sidney Smith, 5012

Research Interests:

  • Political ecology
  • Water and sanitation
  • Critical development studies
  • Commons and citizenship
  • Environmental governance
  • Gender
  • Latin American studies

Selected Publications:

McMillan, R., Phakphian, S., & Danière, A. (2016, in press). Urban water governance. In L. Peake & A. Bain (Eds.), Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Perspective. Oxford University Press.

McMillan, R., Spronk, S., & Caswell, C. (2014). Popular participation, equity, and co-production of water and sanitation services in Caracas, Venezuela. Water International, 39(2), 201-215.

McMillan, R., & Spronk, S. (2013). Grandmothers and engineers: The heads and hearts of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Process. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America

Selected Media:

McMillan, R., & Caswell, C. (2013, January). ‘Learning to govern ourselves’: Venezuela’s National Network of Commoners. Upside Down World:

Spronk, S., & R. McMillan. (2012, December). 21st century eco-socialism? Struggles over nature in Venezuela. An interview with Santiago Arconada. The Bullet, 749.

McMillan, R., & S. Spronk. (2012, August). Water and sanitation socialism in Caracas: Interview with Victor Díaz. Upside Down World.


Research Clusters:
Nature, Society and Environmental Change, Political Spaces