News and Events

How to conserve half the planet without going hungry

New research by Zia Mehrabi, Erle C. Ellis and Navin Ramankutty explores the "Half-Earth" project and how it would affect our food supplies.

Hannah Wittman promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Wittman on her promotion to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2018.

David Boyd appointed UN expert on human rights and the environment

This August, IRES Professor David Boyd takes on the role of Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment for the UN Human Rights Council. In this Q+A, he discusses priorities for his three-year mandate, and where Canada fits into the international context.

Mark Johnson Promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Johnson on his promotion to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2018.

What can other cities learn about water shortages from “Day Zero”?

In this op-ed in The Conversation, Lucy Rodina and Kieran Findlater discuss water shortages in Cape Town and the importance of creating water-resilient cities.

Congratulations to the 2017/2018 Freda Pagani Award Winners

Liz Williams and Kieran Findlater are the 2017/2018 recipients of the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis and the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation

Congratulations to the 2017/18 Les Lavkulich Award Winners

Megan Callahan and Lucy Rodina are the 2017/2018 recipients of the Les Lavkulich Graduate Student Fellowship and the Les Lavkulich Outstanding Leadership and Service award

Recycling may be confusing but volunteers help get it right

RES PhD Candidate Ivana Zelenika explains the effectiveness of different recycling and waste sorting methods, and the impact trained volunteers can have on reducing contamination in waste streams

Why the G7 must take bold action on plastic pollution

IRES Professor David Boyd discusses the ubiquitous nature of plastic waste and the urgent need for a global solution in an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen.

Congratulations to our May 2018 RMES/RES graduates!

Congratulations to Nicole Wilson, Mollie Chapman, Justin Ritchie, Arielle Swett!

Congratulations to our May 2018 RMES/RES graduates!

Congratulations to Michaela Neuberger, Michael Lathuillière, Ada Smith, and Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon!

May 29, 2018: Special Healthy City Research Forum and Planetary Health Alliance co-seminar with Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh

Join Chris Barrington-Leigh, IRES Visiting Professor's talk on "Discovery of a global lock-in to low-efficiency urban futures: trends in local street-network sprawl".

New environmental assessment law is an opportunity to put public trust back into the process

In this Q&A, Jackie Lerner and Kai Chan offer insights on how to improve environmental assessment reviews.

Volunteer opportunity with IRES

IRES is seeking enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to engage and interact with international students attending its Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) courses.

Damage from flooding doesn’t have to be inevitable

Op-ed by Alexa Tanner and Scott McKenzie in The Conversation.

Hummingbirds ‘sing’ with their tail feathers to impress the females

Emily Mistick discusses her research on Costa's hummingbirds and their unique dive trajectory during courtship with CBC Radio.

UBC G+PS Supervisor Appreciation Week, May 7-13

Coming up in May, G+PS will be presenting the second annual Supervisor Appreciation Week! From May 7-13, UBC graduate students are invited to tell the world about their great supervisors through social media and an online submission form. Graduate students can offer kudos using #GreatSupervisor #UBC on Twitter and Facebook.   Don’t forget to tag @IRES_UBC in your […]

Evan Bowness named finalist in SSHRC 2018 Storytellers Challenge

Evan Bowness, an RES doctoral student, is among the 25 finalists of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s 2018 Storytellers challenge. SSHRC’s annual contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The Top 25 Storytellers represent […]

Toward zero waste events: Reducing contamination in waste streams with volunteer assistance

Jiaying Zhao (IRES Professor) and Ivana Zelenika (PhD Candidate) have recently published a paper in the Waste Management journal. Toward zero waste events: Reducing contamination in waste streams with volunteer assistance    Jiaying Zhao   Assistant Professor, IRES Assistant Professor, Psychology Canada Research Chair (t2, Behavioral Sustainability) Behavioral change, Policy and Decision-making, Resource scarcity,Sustainability Bio What is […]

IRES Alumnus Megan Peloso has new position as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance

We’d like to congratulate IRES and EDGES Alumnus Megan Peloso (MA) on her new position as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance, where she develops creative engagement tools to advance freshwater health across BC. Megan is based out of Smithers in the Northwest region of British Columbia. Megan earned an MA at IRES in […]