Alida Cantor's research focuses on water law, policy, and the governance of water resources. At the Wheeler Water Institute, she is studying the water rights implications of groundwater-surface water interactions, as well as the information systems used to make decisions about water management in California.
Alida joined UC Water in January 2017 as a Research Fellow with the Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE), UC Berkeley School of Law.
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. Alida’s publications have focused on the implications of legal doctrines such as public trust and waste and unreasonable use in California water management, as well as the political ecology of water and food systems. Previously,
Alida has worked with the California Institute for Rural Studies, the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. She has a Master's degree from UC Davis in Community and Regional Development and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Simon's Rock College.