Ivana Zelenika

Bio

I am a PhD Candidate working with co-supervision of Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Psychology/ IRES) and Dr. John Robinson (Munk School of Global Affairs U of T/ IRES). My research question is focused on what motivates pro-environmental behaviour change, with majority of projects concentrated in recycling and composting participation and accuracy. Additionally I’ve examined how education and engagement in nature (at UBC Botanical Gardens) impacts people’s ecological knowledge, willingness to act and connections with nature.

Theoretically I am synthesizing insights from environmental psychology, socio-cultural theories and complex systems thinking how various elements come together to form sustainability pathways over time. Key elements I focus on involve material artifacts (things and their use), motivation (culture, social norms, context) and knowledge (information, know-how, bodily performance). My research is supported by the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and the UBC 4 Year Fellowship.

Prior to coming to UBC I completed a Master’s of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and a B.A. from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) in Environmental Studies (minor in Political Science). I love being involved in community/ campus sustainability: at UBC I worked as a Zero Waste Coordinator with Campus Sustainability & Community Planning for 2 years which provided me with valuable practical experience in rolling out campus-wide zero waste strategy.