People

Director, IRES
Professor, IRES
Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues

Milind Kandlikar (PhD Carnegie Mellon) is a Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. His work focuses on the intersection of technology innovation, human development and the global environment. Dr. Kandlikar’s current projects include the regulation of agricultural biotechnology including implications for food security; air quality in Indian cities; risks and benefits of nanotechnology; solar lighting systems in the developing world; and development and climate change. He has also published extensively on the science and policy of climate change.

Website: http://ires2015.sites.olt.ubc.ca/person/milind-kandlikar/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=aL55yHEAAAAJ&hl=en

Professor, IRES

Dr. Gunilla Öberg is inspired by her deep knowledge in chlorine biogeochemistry, environment and sustainability, and her experience as a leader of complex interdisciplinary research and education. Her recent projects address sustainable sanitation planning, particularly in growing urban areas. Questions that drive her work include: What kind of knowledge is needed, used and trusted? How does the knowledge used impact perceived solutions and how are risks and benefits distributed? Research of late involves land-application of biosolids/sewage sludge, contaminants of emerging concern and sustainable sanitation solutions for informal urban settlements. Dr. Öberg also pursues innovations in science education including how to: learn/teach science while recognizing its limits; internalize ideas about bias, uncertainty and ignorance; and distinguish between absence of proof versus proof of absence. Her new pedagogy initiatives include directing UBC’s “First Year Seminar in Science” and developing “Sustainability for the Community and the World”, a 4th year capstone course in UBC’s emerging sustainability concentrations.

Websites: http://ires2015.sites.olt.ubc.ca/gunilla_oberg/
and http://ires2015.sites.olt.ubc.ca/person/gunilla-oberg/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=SKvNP9cAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Honorary Professor, IRES
Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor
School of the Environment, Professor
Copenhagen Business School, Adjunct Professor

John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School, where he is leading the sustainability component of their campus redevelopment process. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. 

PhD Candidate

I am a PhD Candidate in the RMES program, working with Prof. Stephanie Chang. I finished my undergraduate studies in Urban and Regional Planning in Turkey. I did my masters at the University of Colorado Denver with concentration of Urban Place Making. Before starting my PhD at UBC, I worked as an Associate Planner, where I mainly focused on zoning, urban design, land development and land permitting projects.

My PhD research focuses on green infrastructure practices and climate change induced coastal disasters particularly in Canadian coasts. I am interested in how green infrastructure (G.I) effects adaption and resilience to potential coastal disasters and G.I’s applicability to communities along the Canadian coasts.

PhD Candidate

Michiko Namazu is a PhD Candidate with the background of environmental engineering. She got master’s degree from the department of environmental engineering,  Kyoto University, Japan.

She was doing her research in the Asian-pacific Integrated Modeling (AIM) team at Kyoto University. Her field of study there was climate change modeling especially computable general equilibrium (CGE) model. She especially  focused on evaluating the economic impact from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction quantitatively in Asian regions, including Japan, China, and India, using AIM/CGE [basic] model.

For PhD research, she is interested in investigating sharing economy where services are provided through access instead of ownership thanks to technological developments.  The possibilities of sharing economy to open up new consumption style with less material consumption are the biggest motivation for her to study the topic. Currently she is especially analyzing car-sharing services which are the most widely accepted activities of the sharing economy.

PhD Student

Vikas is a PhD student at IRES, working with Dr. Hisham Zerriffi since Fall 2014. He completed his Mechanical Engineering (with a Masters  degree in Energy Technology) education in 2009 from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He worked in the area of climate change consulting for 3 years, covering renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across India and South East Asia, followed by 2 years in the area of business research.

His research interests lie at the convergence of sustainability, technology and development. He is interested in the interaction between climate change ideas and society at large.