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a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability.
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Mar 7, 5am – 7 am PST | Women, Girls, and the Right to a Healthy Environment
For the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, Dr. David Boyd is launching a new thematic report on Women, Girls and the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
March 9, 2023: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Derek Gladwin
Join Dr. Derek Gladwin for his talk about digital presence as a process of professionalization.
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UBC prof discusses new approaches to eco-climate crisis
Dr. Kai Chan discusses eco-climate activism and the roles of academics in this cause.
‘Rights of nature’ movement gains steam in Pacific Northwest. Can it help species on the brink?
Dr. David Boyd said the U.S. rights-of-nature legal framework is a response to the modern-day categorization of nature as a form of property.
Seminar Series See all
March 16, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with David Boyd
This week's IRES Seminar Series features Dr. David Boyd, who will talk about rights-based approaches to climate and environmental action
March 23, 2023: IRES Student Seminar with Bassam Javed and Sarah-Louise Ruder
Join IRES PhD Candidates Bassam Javed and Sarah-Louise Ruder's presentations: “Clean and affordable transportation” for all Canadians: Heterogeneity in cost of electrifying passenger transportation in Canada; "Farmer Sociotechnical Imaginaries for Canadian Agri-Food Future"!