February 28, 2019: IRES Student Seminar with Sahir Advani & Sean Smillie

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall




Sahir Advani

IRES PhD Candidate


Sahir Advani joined the Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries (PERF) research unit at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) in September 2014. His research intends to understand how cultural differences, settlement history and involvement in fishing 1) affect the values that communities ascribe to marine resources, 2) influence resource sustainability, and 3) impact vulnerability of social-ecological systems to globalization and commoditization. Before starting his PhD, he worked at a not-for-profit private research organization, Dakshin Foundation, India, between 2011 and 2014. While at Dakshin, he co-authored policy briefs concerning the management of apex predator fisheries in India and studied the grouper fishery of the Andaman Islands in India.


Sean Smillie


Sean is a professional engineer with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Alberta. After graduating, he worked in the pipeline industry in both technical and project management roles. This experience fostered his interest in the relationship between our energy system and the environment, particularly in the areas of climate change, and improving the environmental assessment process for all parties.

Sean Smillie is pursuing a MSc with Hadi Dowlatabadi. His master’s thesis work is evaluating the economic potential for and policy toward waste-heat-to-power systems in Canada.

When not crunching numbers, you’ll find Sean on the ski slopes or biking around the city.



Photo Credit: Madison Stevens, IRES PhD Student