Debora's research and publications have focused on transboundary environmental governance in North America, at the cross-border regional, bilateral (Canada-US and US-Mexico) and continental levels. Projects have focused on the operation of “transgovernmental” networks in the continental context and transboundary climate-clean energy cooperation in North America. Debora is the lead investigator on the Rio Grande case.
Debora is the author/editor of 5 books in this field, including Environmental Policy in North America: Approaches, Capacity and the Management of Transboundary Issues (University of Toronto Press, 2014); Climate Change Policy in North America: Designing Integration in a Regional System (University of Toronto Press, 2013); and successive editions of Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press, 4th edition in 2016).
She is also Research Partner with the Great Lakes Policy Research Network (GLPRN), and has collaborated with other Canadian and American researchers and practitioners on the design of indicators for ‘adaptive transboundary governance capacity’ in complex water basins, funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant. As one of the outputs of that project, she co-edited a Special Issue of International Journal of Water Governance (with Kate Bryk-Friedman) entitled: “The Role of Institutions and Networks in Building Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin: Insights and Lessons for Global Water Governance”.
In this most recent project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, she and Carolyn Johns are undertaking a project assessing the ability of complex water basins in the Great Lakes Basin and the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River Basin to integrate water allocation services with water quality/ecosystem concerns in more adaptive water governance regimes.