IRES Seminar Series
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)
Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall
Michaela joined IRES after six years of professional work experience as a commercial project manager in the construction industry in England, Germany, and France. This valuable experience has helped her understand the challenges and operations of a multinational business, as well as corporate roles in advancing social innovation and sustainability. For two years she led a project on energy efficiency obligations, a policy instrument aimed at reducing the energy consumption of buildings. She recently completed the Association of Project Management qualification, a recognized and transferable certification, rounding off her project management experience. With a background in economics, Michaela has long been interested in environmental studies and sustainability and volunteered to support ENERGIES 2050, a French NGO in the energy sector, in 2013. Her involvement included editorial work and translations of reports, aimed at enhancing citizen engagement. Energies 2050 believes that the impending energy transition also requires an evolution of our society. Not only will political, economic, and technological solutions be necessary, but active citizen engagement at the local scale.
Through her Master’s degree Michaela aims to gain additional competencies in the fields of energy and materials management and policy, and climate change. At IRES, she is working under the supervision of Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2009. Her primary research interests include energy, public policy, and the built environment.
Kiely is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Leila Harris in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Kiely is a member of Green College, the Program on Water Governance, and the EDGES research collaborative, and an HQP with the Res’Eau-WaterNET research network.
Kiely’s research will focus on governance rescaling under British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act, and the opportunities that the Act provides for local governance capacity building and transformations in water management practices. Her research project will address both the development of the Act (including its drivers and consultation processes) and its outcomes for communities/authorities seeking governance reform. The implications of the Act for First Nations’ roles in water governance, and source water protection in small communities will be of particular interest.
Prior to commencing her PhD, Kiely worked at UBC as a research assistant on a project on drinking water in small communities – a project she will continue to contribute to as part of the Res’Eau-WaterNET research network. Kiely completed her Master of Science at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2012, majoring in Geography. Her MSc research examined how transitions in urban stream management emerge through local planning and decision making processes, focusing on a highly controversial case study of ‘best practice’ in greenfield development. After graduating, Kiely worked as a research analyst for the Auckland Council (a metropolitan government body).
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