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October 3, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Claudia Ituarte

Posted on: August 5, 2019

Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is research associate at IRES at UBC. She is also a researcher on international law at Stockholm Resilience Centre and affiliated senior researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. For more than 15 years, she has specialized in the human rights, biodiversity and climate law nexus both in theory and practice. Her focus is on law and policy for sustainability and social justice and the transformation of international law into new governance forms at national and community levels. Her methodology ranges from extensive fieldwork especially in Africa and Latin America, to studies examining the interactions of international regimes .Claudia provides expert advise to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment.

Jiaying Zhao promoted to Associate Professor

Posted on: July 2, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Jiaying Zhao who has been promoted to Associate Professor! What is psychology good for? How can psychology contribute to sustainability? To answer these questions, Dr. Zhao aims to use psychological principles to design behavioral solutions to address sustainability challenges. This approach offers insights on how cognitive mechanisms govern human behavior, and how […]

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 Freda Pagani Award Winners

Posted on: May 29, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 recipients of the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis and the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation!   Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis Teddy Eyster Modeling dam removal in a mountain meadow with MODFLOW-NWT       Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation Poushali Maji Access […]

Congratulations to the May 2019 Graduates!

Posted on: May 22, 2019

Congratulations to our RES & RMES May Graduates!

COMMENTARY: May 22 is international biodiversity day — and this scientist thinks change is possible: Op-ed by Kai Chan, IRES Faculty Member

Posted on: May 22, 2019

The United Nations issued its first comprehensive global scientific report on biodiversity on Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)   In the jobs-versus-environment debate, neither side is wrong. The problem is the 20th-century economy that forces us to choose. This is a key message of the new UN report I co-authored about nature […]

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 Les Lavkulich Award Winners

Posted on: May 16, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 recipients of the Les Lavkulich Graduate Student Fellowship and the Les Lavkulich Outstanding Leadership and Service award!

Research Associate in Conservation Data Science – Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, The University of British Columbia

Posted on: April 24, 2019

RANK:                    Research Associate FACULTY:             Faculty of Science DEPARTMENT:   Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability   POSITION DESCRIPTION We seek to hire a Research Associate with strong quantitative skills to help build a new cross- disciplinary Conservation Science Initiative at the University of British Columbia (UBC) within the Biodiversity Research Centre located on the Vancouver campus. […]

Blame the Signs: When Recycling is Confusing, We Avoid It

Posted on: April 24, 2019

  Read the full article here.

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.