News and Events

Hitting global climate target could create 8m energy jobs, study says

July 23, 2021: Sandeep Pai, a PhD candidate at IRES, was interviewed by the Guardian about his PhD thesis, which found that currently an estimated 18 million people work in the energy industries, which is likely to increase to 26 million if climate targets are met.

October 14, 2021: IRES Student Seminar with Jack Durant

October 14, 2021: IRES Student Seminar with Jack Durant

September 23, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Don Carruthers Den Hoed

This presentation will outline the history and core programs of CPCIL and share opportunities for the academic community to get involved with real-world wicked problems, such as decolonizing parks, equity and diversity, conservation burnout, climate adaptation, and organizational sustainability – particularly tensions in financing protected areas.

About 40 percent of India’s districts have some form of coal dependency

July 1, 2021: Sandeep Pai, a PhD candidate at IRES, discussed his PhD thesis, which showed that India’s transition away from coal should include comprehensive interventions that address the concerns of millions of people involved.

Lululemon founder buys Canadian islands to conserve ecosystems

June 30, 2021: In a new Guardian article, Dr. Kai Chan says while private land conservation is an important part of the solution to overdevelopment, it is not a complete solution.

‘Black swan’ heat wave brings record-breaking power demand

June 28, 2021: Dr. Milind Kandlikar gave comments about how utility providers will have to adjust to changing weather patterns.

William Cheung named director of Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

June 25, 2021: Marine biologist William Cheung, an IRES Faculty Associate and an IRES alumnus, has been appointed director of the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, effective July 1.

June 29, 2021: UBC Advanced Research Computing Workshop

UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) invites you to a webinar workshop on June 29! They offer tools that are useful to many IRES researchers, even those that don’t identify as High Performance Computing users. If your research involves computationally intensive tasks, you could benefit from using and consulting with ARC.

July 14, 2021: Indigenous Bodies of Evidence and Counter-Mapping in the “Green” Nuclear Archive

How does our imagination of a climate-friendly future hinge on rebranding or erasing our toxic past? Join Dr. ann-elise Lewallen on July 14 as she delves into recent Indigenous strategies to counter the “green energy” archive enlisted to promote nuclear energy. Cohosted by UBC SPPGA and IHRC.

Salad will survive climate change. But at what cost?

June 17, 2021: Dr. Navin Ramankutty commented on the importance of finding a balance between nutritive value and widespread access. He said that even as fewer people in the world go hungry, nutrient deficiencies remain high and the best remedy is to feed people more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Canada must recognize our right to a healthy environment

June 16, 2021: In a new National Observer op-ed, Dr. David Boyd and others discussed Bill C-28, the first federal recognition that all people in Canada have the right to a healthy environment, as well as the bill's limitations.

The Human Right to a Healthy Environment: How It Can Transform Society and Achieve Reconciliation

June 8, 2021: Dr. David Boyd was interviewed on the Porcupine podcast about how the human right to a healthy environment is a game-changer for reconciliation.

Congratulations to the IRES 2021 Graduates!

Congratulations to our May Graduates! We wish you all the best in your future endeavours and can’t wait to see what amazing things you’ll go on to do. If you wish to check out the graduate theses & dissertations, please click here.

June 11: The Water and Environment Student Talks Conference

The Water and Environment Student Talks, also known as WEST, is an interdisciplinary conference organized by students for students and young professionals whose work relates to the water sphere. Dr. David Boyd will be a keynote speaker at WEST2021 on Friday, June 11th.

Plastics manufacturers seek to quash toxic designation in court

May 21, 2021: Dr. David Boyd gave comments to the Globe and Mail on plastics manufacturers taking the federal government to court after Ottawa designated their products as toxic.

Why Canada needs to think about accepting climate change refugees

May 21, 2021: In a new CBC article, Dr. David Boyd called on Canada to provide more development assistance in the global south to improve living conditions. takes aim at Lululemon

May 12, 2021: Dr. Kai Chan commented on a Twitter campaign that is raising awareness about Lululemon’s use of coal in its clothing manufacturing process. He said that bigger industry-wide systematic problems need to be addressed, rather than the actions of single companies.

What Denver can learn from universal basic income tests in U.S. and Canada

May 11, 2021: Denver Post mentioned a research initiative by UBC and Foundations for Social Change, where Dr. Jiaying Zhao led the research team, that found a positive impact of giving direct cash transfers to homeless individuals.

June 10: 25 years after Our Stolen Future: What have we learned about endocrine disruption?

Dr. Gunilla Öberg will be one of five panelists discussing analytical approaches, challenges and future directions of EDC exposure. The webinar is hosted by Society of Toxicology of Canada (STC) and in partnership with Centre intersectoriel d'analyse des perturbateurs endocriniens (ICEDA).

May 17-21: Water Politics Week

Join Prof. Leila Harris for the Water Politics Week (May 17-21, 2021), which offers public lectures by renowned scholars on water politics, and a PhD/Master course! The Water Politics week will take place in an online format.