News and Events

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 […]

Gunilla Öberg (IRES Faculty) published in Environmental Science and Policy! Read it here.

Gunilla Öberg, an IRES professor has been published in the Environmental Science and Policy journal! The paper is called: On the limitation of evidence-based policy: Regulatory narratives and land application of biosolids/sewage sludge in BC, Canada and Sweden The paper is free for 50 days via link below.  Anyone can access this before May 9th […]

We are seeking a Program Coordinator to run our IRES Vancouver Summer Program May – June 2018

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability May – June 2018 DEADLINE: April 13th 2018 IRES will be offering two packages (1.The Grand Challenge of Climate Change; 2. Energy Innovation and Climate Solutions) for their June Vancouver Summer Program. We are looking for an enthusiastic, culturally fluent program coordinator who will oversee the delivery of the […]

Zia Mehrabi (IRES Postdoc) has correspondence published in Nature!

Zia Mehrabi, an IRES Postdoc has a correspondence published in Nature! To view the correspondence click here:   Zia Mehrabi Bio Zia Mehrabi is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at IRES, with adjunct positions in The Liu institute for Global Studies & The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. He obtained an undergraduate degree in […]

Congratulations to Dean of Science Excellence in Service Award recipient Gillian Harris (IRES Manager)!

Congratulations to Gillian Harris for winning the Dean of Science, Excellence in Service Award! Gillian is a truly integral and irreplaceable member of the IRES community, and so deserving of this recognition. The award is for recognizing staff, students and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact in achieving UBC Science’s mission. […]

Two new IRES Faculty Associates: Nadja Kunz and Sumeet Gulati!

IRES would like to welcome Nadja Kunz and Sumeet Gulati as new IRES Faculty Associate members!   Nadja Kunz Assistant Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues and Norman B. Keevil Mining Engineering Nadja Kunz Nadja Kunz is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering […]