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New Climate Solutions Research – Opportunity Projects

Posted on: April 9, 2019

New Climate Solutions Research – Opportunity Projects  The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is pleased to announce the first four research projects to be awarded funding under its new Opportunity Projects Program (OPP). Opportunity projects are partnership-driven, research initiatives that aim to generate high-impact climate mitigation or adaptation solutions. OPP launched in late 2018, resulting in […]

The Future of Renewable Infrastructure is Uncertain Without Good Planning: Op-ed by IRES PhD Students, Vikas Menghwani and Sandeep Pai, and IRES Associate Faculty Member, Hisham Zerriffi

Posted on: March 28, 2019

These photovoltaics panels provide this village with energy now, but they could become obsolete when the main grid arrives. (Shutterstock) Vikas Menghwani, University of British Columbia; Hisham Zerriffi, University of British Columbia, and Sandeep Pai, University of British Columbia In 2005, a small hydropower plant was installed in the Sukajaya district of West Java, Indonesia. […]

March 21, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Ron Stewart (University of Manitoba)

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Dr. Ron Stewart from University of Manitoba will be presenting on climate/ weather extremes in a changing climate. While focusing on the physics aspect, Ron will also include societal impacts and adaptation measures.

March 14, 2019: IRES Student Seminar with Marco Vázquez Pérez and Alejandra Echeverri

Posted on: March 11, 2019

We will be hearing presentations from Marco Vázquez Pérez, MSc student, and Alejandra Echeverri, PhD student. More talk info coming soon . ************************************************************************************************ Photo Credit: Rocio Lopez, IRES PhD Student

Congratulations to Megan Peloso (IRES and EDGES Alumna) on her new job!

Posted on: March 11, 2019

EDGES alumna Megan Peloso is based in Smithers, BC and works as a Land and Resource Coordinator with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. In her role with the Skeena Regional Initiatives team, Megan applies her background in watershed sustainability and governance to modernized land use planning. Megan graduated in May 2014 […]

March 7, 2019: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Nafiza Ali

Posted on: March 4, 2019

Join Nafiza Ali from UBC Wellness to learn about stress and mental health.

Royal Society of Canada Lecture: Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination

Posted on: March 4, 2019

Learn more about Negotiations over Groundwater Contamination in a special Royal Society of Canada lecture with Dr. Keith W. Hipel, University Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

National Geographic Young Explorers Award Recipient: Helina Jolly

Posted on: February 27, 2019

  Congratulation to IRES’ very own Helina Jolly for receiving the prestigious National Geographic Young Explorers award! This award is in support of Helina’s proposed project, “De-mystifying the Adivasi knowledge of forest and wildlife in India,” which will be used to help her conduct her field study on the Kattunayakar communities of the Western Ghats […]

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

Posted on: February 25, 2019

We will be hearing presentations from Sahir Advani, PhD student, and Sean Smillie, MSc student.

February 26, 2019: A la Mar: a Documentary Film About Wave Protection in Peru

Posted on: February 20, 2019

  Description Join us for a screening of A la Mar, a Peruvian documentary film. Following the film, we will have a facilitated discussion and Q&A with a few experts and a short reception. About the film: In the eighties, La Herradura beach in Peru was destroyed. In the nineties, the wave of Cabo Blanco […]

Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

Posted on: February 19, 2019

  David Boyd is an Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, as well as a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment for the United Nations. His first report to the UN Human Rights Council is now public and available in the six official UN languages here.   Summary In the present report, the […]

Job Posting: Vancouver Summer Program Instructor

Posted on: February 11, 2019

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program for international undergraduate students from cooperating universities. The program provides the opportunity to take two academic courses while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

February 14, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Nathan Bennett

Posted on: February 11, 2019

Nathan Bennett is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at UBC. His research focuses on research projects that interrogate various aspects of the complex relationship between the marine environment and human society.

February 7, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Noella Gray

Posted on: February 4, 2019

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are playing an increasingly significant role in global ocean conservation governance. In just the past ten years, total ocean area under protected status has increased more than fivefold. Drawing on literature from political ecology, political geography, and Science and Technology Studies, this talk will examine how science and other kinds of knowledge are produced for, and integrated into, MPA policies.

Leila Harris promoted to Full Professor

Posted on: February 4, 2019

Congratulations to Leila Harris who has been promoted to Full Professor!

UBC IRES Welcomes Dr. Claire Kremen!

Posted on: January 31, 2019

The UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) is delighted to welcome Dr. Claire Kremen who has joined as one of UBC’s first President’s Excellence Chairs. Dr. Claire Kremen has commenced her appointment as the UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity Studies. Joining the university as a Professor, Dr. Kremen holds a joint appointment in UBC’s Institute for Resources, […]

January 31, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Michelle Daigle

Posted on: January 31, 2019

Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Cree), a member of Constance Lake First Nation in Treaty 9 in northern Ontario Canada, and of French ancestry. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, located on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam nation.

January 24, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Margery Fee

Posted on: January 14, 2019

Margery Fee is an Emeritus Professor of English at UBC and discusses “Polarizing Bears” and the Climate Change Debate in this week's seminar series.

January 17, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Nadja Kunz

Posted on: January 10, 2019

Join us for a talk by Nadja Kunz, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

Want citizens to care about climate change? Write them a cheque

Posted on: December 21, 2018

In an op-ed published by The Conversation, RES PhD student Abhishek Kar and IRES Faculty Associate Hisham Zerriffi argue that the best way to get people to act on climate change is through their wallets.