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PhD Candidate
Liu Scholar

Sara Elder is a PhD Candidate and SSHRC Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability. She is interested in issues at the intersection of global economics, community development and the environment. Her current research examines the rise in private governance of agrifood supply chains in developing countries and the consequences for smallholder farmer food and nutrition security and environmental sustainability. This work is supported by a UBC Four-Year Fellowship, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Award, and a UBC Mobility Award.

Sara holds an MA in Resource Management & Environmental Studies (2010), where she studied the effects of Fair Trade certification on the livelihoods of Rwandan coffee producers, and a BA in International Relations (2004) from the University of British Columbia. Her professional experience includes international development work with communities in Canada, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Bolivia.

Supervision: Peter Dauvergne, Liu Institute for Global Issues (Supervisor); Natasha Affolder, Faculty of Law; Jane Lister, Liu Institute for Global Issues; Sean Smukler, Land and Food Systems; Judy McLean, Land and Food Systems

 

PhD Student

Sameer Shah is a PhD student in Resource Management & Environmental Studies under the supervision of Professor Leila Harris. He examines the social, political, and natural dimensions of water governance and its impacts on marginalized agricultural communities in India. He is deeply interested in promoting efforts designed to strengthen community adaptation and rural livelihoods in response to shifts in water access. Through his work, he is involved with the Program on Water Governance and with the EDGES Research Group. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours Co-operative) from the University of Waterloo and earlier this year he completed his Master of Science degree at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability.

Sameer is also actively involved in water policy planning at UBC, in British Columbia, and across Canada. At UBC, he is currently a lead organizer of Water Ways: Understanding the Past, Navigating the Future, a major interdisciplinary workshop celebrating UBC’s 100th anniversary and bringing together leading water experts to advance a global water research agenda for the coming century. He also holds an 18-month appointment as the Pacific Regional Representative for the Canadian Water Network’s Student and Young Professional Committee of emerging water leaders. In 2014, he was selected as one of about 50 applicants from across Canada to participate in the Waterlution Transformative Leaders of the Future Program. As part of this program, he co-facilitated the first Canada-wide exercise in participatory water policy planning with the aim to inject the public’s creative visions into future water policy. Having travelled to over 20 countries and lived in multiple, Sameer is passionate about nature, cooking, photography, and hiking.

PhD Student

Hello! My name is Johnnie James Manson. I am from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (a Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation located on the West-coast of Vancouver Island). I am an incoming PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Terre Satterfield and Dr. Hannah Wittman.
My current research will be broadly looking at the nexus between Indigenous identities, land-based practices, Indigenous food sovereignty, Indigenous cultural, social, and economic service providers, and neoliberalism. To do this, I will be conducting an engaged research process with the BCFSN WGIFS and Indigenous communities of British Columbia.
Most of my work experience has centered on natural resources. I have worked in the salmon aquaculture industry (1999-2007), as a stewardship technician with the British Columbia Conservation Corps (2008), as an environmental technician with the Ktunaxa Lands and Resources Agency (2010), and as fisheries technician with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (2011). I have also worked extensively as a private tutor for sociology and anthropology students.

Currently, I work with the BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS), focusing on revitalization of Indigenous trading routes in British Columbia.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (With Distinction), Joint Major in Sociology and Anthropology, from Simon Fraser University (2013). I also have a technical diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture (2006) from Vancouver Island University.

My research passions are varied and many, and include (but are not limited to): Indigenous worldviews, Indigenous research paradigms, decolonizing methodologies, critical theory, environmental co-management, and continental philosophy.
I really like: hiking, punk rock, indie music, all types of other music, my culture, my family, and all types of boring (but useful!) theory.

PhD Student
Liu Scholar | Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Fellow | Olav Slaymaker Awardee

Helina is a PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Her doctoral study at RES will be supervised by Dr.Terre Satterfield and Dr.Milind Kandlikar.She will be working on gender perceptions and valuation of ecosystem services among the Adivasi (indigenous communities of India) of Wayanad, Kerala, India. Her studies are supported by UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, Olav Slaymaker Award, Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Award, International Tuition Award and Entrance Scholarship.

She is also founder of the project ‘The Everyday Nature‘ which aims to understand the perceptions of people towards nature. Prior to joining RES, Helina worked in India for nearly 6 years with Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Government of India (Link),Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) (Link), Centre for Science and Environment (Link), Clinton Climate Initiative and Ennovent on various environment and development projects. At GIZ she supported TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity) India Initiative (Link).She volunteers at Boond (www.boond.net), which works to provide clean solar energy access to some of the poorest communities in India. At Boond she helps organize workshops and develop strategies for understanding the social and environmental impact of their projects.

Helina is a Commonwealth Scholar and graduate from London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a University First Rank holder from University of Delhi. She is native of Kerala (a beautiful coastal state in India) and loves Monsoon season. Mother of an extremely mischievous little boy and a strong advocate of women empowerment. Helina is a huge foodie and loves to paint in her spare time.

Contact: helinajolly.ubc@gmail.com  | helinajolly@alumni.ubc.ca  | LinkedIn