Emily Anderson

PhD Candidate


Emily Anderson is a PhD Candidate, Liu Scholar, and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar supervised by Dr. Zerriffi at the Liu Institute, with Kai Chan and Sean Smuckler from Land and Food Systems on her committee. Broadly, her interests lie in sustainable rural development. Her current research combines approaches from the social and natural sciences to study social-ecological system outcomes and consequences for sustainability when small farmers in developing countries participate in global coordinated food and environmental service markets. She will be studying empirical cases of market participation in Costa Rica and Mexico funded by the Liu Bottom Billion Fund and the International Development Research Council. At UBC, Emily is also currently involved with the Zerriffi Research Group, CHANS lab and the International Development Research Network, and is working to start a community garden. She is also a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Research Network. Previously, Emily studied the effects of carbon credit generation on development outcomes of small farmers tree planting projects in Uganda for her masters at IRES, and led a review on the impacts of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation on local communities for the Responsive Forest Governance Initiative. Her professional experience includes research and development work in communities in East Africa, Angola, Costa Rica, Honduras and Canada, and teaching at camps, at the Royal Ontario Museum and on UBC Farm. Contact: emilyka[at]interchange.ubc.ca

Featured Publications

Anderson, E.K. & Zerriffi, H. 2012. Seeing the trees for the carbon: agroforestry for development and climate mitigation. Climatic Change: 115(3-4):741-757. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0456-y Anderson, E., Findlater, K.M., Freeman, O.E., Levine, J., Morinville, C., Peloso, M., Rodina, L., Singh, G., Tesfamichael, D., Harris, L. and Zerriffi, H. 2012. Bridging Disciplinary and Professional Divides to Improve International Development Research at Universities. In W. Leal Filho (Ed.) Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons (pp.753-769). Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften. Anderson, E.K. 2010. Can planting trees bring co-benefits? Smallholder tree-planting for development and carbon mitigation. MA dissertation. Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. https://circle.ubc.ca/bitstream/handle/2429/29472/ubc_2010_fall_anderson_emily.pdf