News and Events

Labour organizing and climate justice: intersections, challenges, and political opportunities panel | IRES co-sponsored event | March 12, 5-6:30 PM | CIRS, BC Hydro Theatre (1st floor)

This panel will address two entwined questions: What can the climate movement learn from contemporary and historic labour strategy for building durable power? And, how can the climate and labour movements mutually strengthen one another?

This homeless N.L. man lives on $175 a month. The federal housing monitor says it’s not enough

Dr. Jiaying Zhao is featured in CBC for her project that shows why it's a "no-brainer" for provinces to offer more money to its poorest and most vulnerable populations. It would likely curb homelessness and save taxpayer money.

Is Our Food Waste Creating a Murder of Crows?

Dan Forrest, a PhD student at IRES, is featured in the Good Men Project for his study on how food waste is affecting Vancouver’s crow population. This study can help residents and the city make better-informed decisions by revealing the hidden dynamics of the urban ecosystem they’re part of.

Interdisciplinary biannual North American conference (NACCB) | Society for Conservation Biology | UBC | June 24-28, 2024 (Early bird rates until April 12)

The Society for Conservation Biology is holding their interdisciplinary biannual North American conference (NACCB) at UBC June 24-28, 2024. It will be a dynamic program with science, art, and nature-based activities.

Removing Roadblocks for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas

Dr. Justine Townsend, a postdoctoral fellow at IRES, co-authored an article on the challenges facing First Nations advancing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, or IPCAS.

Homeless people in Vancouver were given $5,500 cash, no strings attached. They used it to secure housing and even start saving.

Media mentioned a study by psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao which found that unhoused people are more likely to spend a lump sum of money on rent, food, housing, transit and clothes, despite public perception otherwise.

How to feng shui your fridge — and why it might help to curb climate change

Small actions like applying feng shui principles to your fridge can help to reduce your food waste and improve your overall well-being, says Dr. Jiaying Zhao

Portrait photo of Claire  Ewing

March 7, 2024: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Claire Ewing

Curious about moving from academia to policy work? Claire Ewing shares her journey after graduating from IRES and what she's learned so far from her current, amazing job at Metro Vancouver.

Canada’s Nature Agreement underscores the need for true reconciliation with Indigenous nations

Dr. Justine Townsend, a postdoctoral fellow at IRES, co-authored an article on the challenges facing First Nations advancing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, or IPCAS. The article emphasizes how Canadian governments and the conservation sector respond to the roadblocks encountered is crucial. Only by assisting these initiatives can we build meaningful and lasting IPCAs which not only restore and protect ecosystems but also advance reconciliation through Indigenous governance, laws, and knowledge systems. Image from CPPCL

Innovations in Energy Transition: the Question of Storage

January 16th from 3:00-4:00pm | Alternatives to fossil fuels are needed and innovations in wind, solar and other renewable energies are progressing. However, the question of storage remains a challenge. Join UBC researchers Robert Godin (UBCO Chemistry) and Werner Antweiler (UBCV Business) in a discussion around the question of energy storage.

Reducing the Forever Chemicals in the Food We Eat

PFAS can damage your liver, immune system, reproductive health, development, thyroid function and cancer. Dr. Gunilla Öberg discusses ways we can avoid PFAS such as filtering our tap water and why at a federal level, it is essential for Canada to have regulations to reduce exposure.

February 22, 2024: No Seminar This Week

There is no IRES Seminar on February 22 due to the Midterm Break (Feb 19 to 23, 2024).

Geomatics career conversations – Panel and small group discussions, hear directly from GIS professionals | Register before January 19th

Masters of Geomatics for Environmental Management invites you to a panel discussion followed by small-group conversations. Hear directly from GIS professionals as they share advice on building a career in Geomatics. Then, meet and chat with the experts about career-building, networking, and the geomatics working world. All graduate students are welcome. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be provided.

Zoom Event – Settler Ecologies: The Nature Conservation Regime in Palestine-Israel

Irus Braverman will discuss her latest book, Settling Nature: The Conservation Regime in Palestine-Israel (2023, University of Minnesota Press).

February 15, 2024: IRES Student Seminar with Ta Phurisamban and Jade Radke

Talk titles: 1. When Indigenous and Western sciences collide: re-storying/restoring Mekong expertise through community-engaged research 2. The role of happiness in pro-environmental action

February 1, 2024: Professional Development Seminar with Elder Jim Leyden

Kwekwecnewtxw Watch House Elder Jim Leyden will tell his personal stories working at the frontline, and share his perspectives on community-engaged research, and how to do it well.

January 25, 2024: Faculty Seminar with Jessica Dempsey and Audrey Irvine-Broque

This talk will explore – through six case studies of extractivism in the Global South – how the organization of the international financial system influences state policy towards extractive land use change

January 11, 2024: Policy Panel with Jimmy Zammar, Jessica Woolliams, and Jason Hsieh

This seminar features a panel of three speakers from local policy sectors. They will discuss current policy priorities in Vancouver and BC, research needs, and perspectives on how research can inform policy.

Issues to watch out for at COP 28 

UBC experts held a panel discussion on COP 28 on Nov. 21. Organizer professor Dr. Simon Donner was quoted.

Explainer | Why snake soup, the Hong Kong winter food that featured on a Pizza Hut pizza, has traditionally been eaten – and why it’s becoming harder to find

Snake soup is rich with a history in Chinese medicine, cultural, and health beliefs. “If farmed ethically and properly, I would imagine snakes take up less space, emit less greenhouse gases, and are perhaps even healthier to eat than cattle or pork, perhaps a stronger emphasis on ensuring snake meat is sourced responsibly could prolong or revitalise the tradition.” says postdoctoral researcher Dr. Félix Landry Yuan who is featured in South China Morning Post for his opinion and research regarding this topic