Institution-led Social Reform and Justice: Modernizing Gender Expression on Government-Issued ID

The current policies for gender expression on BC government-issued ID are an example of a decade long effort in behavioural, intellectual and social change management. Join SPPGA Adjunct Professor Natasha Thambirajah, Dr. Daniel L Metzger, and Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore for an inside view on the evidence-based, change management, and stakeholder engagement practices used to gradually shift the BC health sector and provincial government towards recognizing the criticality of recognizing rights of people who are transgender or gender non-conforming to express their gender identity with minimal or no state or medical intervention.

April 27, 2022: IRES Special Seminar with Alain Nadaï

The urgent need to prevent the worst effects of climate change and to preserve a habitable earth is widely recognized. The massive shift to non-fossil forms of energy, so-called renewables, confronts us with (new) pulsations of ecosystems (wind speed, solar radiation, ocean currents) and the need to install infrastructure in a myriad of new environments. This changes our relation to energy and the environment, and raises questions of acceptance in many countries.

April 14, 2022: IRES Student Symposium

Three IRES Students talk about "Exploring a mercury mystery: Weaving Western Science and Inuvialuit Knowledge to model the drivers of mercury pollution in the Beaufort Sea food web", "Boosting understanding of lifestyle carbon emissions: Evaluating the effectiveness of personal carbon calculators to promote climate action", and "Understanding people’s assessment of risks from nuclear energy in India."

April 7, 2022: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Andrea Reimer

How many times have you seen great ideas take much longer to come to fruition than they needed to, or even fail altogether, because people or politics got in the way? Power informs the way we take up space and whether or not we leave room for others. How we unconsciously accept the way the playing field is tilted and cede ground to other people also reinforces power structures.

March 31, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Naomi Zimmerman

This seminar is co-sponsored by UBC IRES & UBC CERC (UBC Clean Energy Research Centre).

March 24, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Danielle Ignace

Dr. Ignace talks about "Broadening our approach to find community-driven solutions to environmental challenges"

March 17, 2022: IRES Student Seminar with Georgia Green and Justin Huynh

Two Students talk about "Characterizing Diverging Perspectives of Relevance for Chemicals Policy" and "Predicting the Impact of Minerals for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition"

Launch of CoSphere: a platform for changing our systems for a more sustainable planet

CoSphere, a project by Dr. Kai Chan and partners like the David Suzuki Foundation, unites a diverse community and equips them with the tools to effect system change. On March 14th, join CoSphere at!

March 10, 2022: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Naomi Klein

In conversation with Dr. Naomi Klein about climate action and justice.

March 10, 2022: The Human Right to a Non-Toxic Environment

IRES/SPPGA professor and UN Special Rapporteur Dr. David Boyd is set to present his report (, 6th in a series shown above) on the right to a nontoxic environment to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10th.

March 3, 2022: IRES Student Seminar with Celeste Pomerantz and Atlanta-Marinna Grant

Two students talk about "Decarbonizing Canada’s Remote and Off-Grid Communities: Assessing the feasibility of Implementing Energy Storage Technologies to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependency" and "From Food ‘Waste’ to Food ‘Cycle’: biocultural heritage and the sharing of oral histories for secure and sovereign communities."

Parks and Protected Areas Research Network 2022 eSummit | CPCIL | Feb 22-25, 2022

With Parks Canada and the Canadian Parks Council and guidance from Indigenous elders and colleagues, CPCIL is excited to host the second pan-Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research eSummit from February 22 to 25, 2022 along with a complementary year-long webinar and dialogue series. By holding a virtual event, we can decrease our carbon footprint, increase accessibility for participants, and support social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

February 17, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Kathryn Harrison

She will reflect on her attendance at COP26 in Glasgow, which followed the first working group report from the IPCC’s sixth assessment, and was the first critical “ratchet” period where countries are expected to increase their target ambition under the Paris Agreement.

Feb 11 | Key Messaging: Effectively Articulating the Whys and Hows of Your Research – STEM

Check out a forum on how to effectively articulate complex graduate research in #STEM to media, public and other decision-makers! Featuring IRES's Dr. Kai Chan, Dr. Kira Hoffman of UBC Faculty of Forestry, and Dr. Nemy Banthia of UBC Engineering.

February 10, 2022: IRES Student Seminar with Helina Jolly and Allison Cutting

Helina's talk: Reimagining Conservation Landscapes: Adivasi Characterizations of The Human-Dimensions of Southern Indian Forests Allison's talk: A Closer Look into Bycatch for Improved Marine Conservation and Management Design

Feb 10th: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: The Complexity of How We Value Nature

With IRES' Kai Chan and Paige Olmsted as featured speakers, Smart Prosperity Institute is an environment-economy research think tank, where much of the focus is on how to build a resilient and sustainable economy. When it comes to valuing nature, there are often critiques that market-based approaches and economic language and thinking undermine the true value of ecosystems and natural landscapes. Our discussion will ask when and how attaching economic values to nature can be beneficial or harmful, and will include a range of perspectives and on-the-ground experiences speaking to how nature gets included and left out of decision-making.

February 7th: Climate Change and Environmental Human Rights on the Tibetan Plateau

This online event, featuring IRES’s Dr. Boyd, focuses on the arrest and torture of Tibetans who speak publicly about Chinese government policies in Tibet. China's development model in Tibet ignores the Tibetan people's actual social, environmental, and economic needs.

February 3, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Mara Jill Goldman

In this talk I present my new book, Narrating Nature: Wildlife Conservation and Maasai Ways of Knowing (University of Arizona Press, 2020), which draws on over two decades of fieldwork among Maasai pastoralists in northern Tanzania and southern Kenya.

January 27, 2022: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Alex Walls and Nivi Thatra

Researchers, how you communicate about your work impacts the reach and therefore the real-world applicability of your scholarship. For this workshop Alex Walls from UBC Media Relations and Nivi Thatra from IRES invite you to come with a research topic or paper in hand.

January 20, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Ilyas Siddique (First Seminar for Term 2)

Successional agroforestry offers great potential to accelerate and scale out ecosystem restoration and produce healthy food at the same time on the same land. Yet, simultaneous ecological and socioeconomic success requires detailed knowledge of management traits of diverse plants and experience with efficient allocation of labor and inputs in space and time.