Alida Cantor



Research Fellow, Wheeler Water Institute

Alida Cantor is a Research Fellow with the Wheeler Water Institute at CLEE. Her research focuses on the information systems used to make decisions about water management in California.

Alida’s publications have focused on the role of legal doctrines such as public trust and waste and unreasonable use in California water management, as well as political ecology of water and food systems.  Alida earned her Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University, where her dissertation research focused on the discourses, politics, and laws used to justify controversial rural-to-urban water transfers in California.  At Clark, Alida managed an interdisciplinary research team of undergraduates studying urban forest management and taught courses on resource geography and sustainability studies.  Previously, Alida worked at the California Institute for Rural Studies and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. She has an M.S. from UC Davis in Community and Regional Development.

In January, Alida will join the faculty at Portland State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography.

Ph.D., Clark University (2016)
M.S., UC Davis (2008)
B.A., Simon’s Rock College of Bard (2005)