Alumni of the RES program have embarked on impactful careers that extend well beyond academia. Many of our distinguished alumni are actively engage in high-level policymaking, influencing critical decisions to improve the sustainability of our planet.

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Our Theses & Dissertations page contains a fairly comprehensive list of the doctoral work of the graduate students in our department.

Featured Alumni

  • Vanessa Timmer

    Vanessa Timmer

    PhD with Peter Nemetz, 1997; Executive Director, OneEarth; Senior Research Fellow, Utrecht University

  • Nathaniel K. Newlands

    Nathaniel K. Newlands

    PhD with Tony Pitcher, 2002; Research Scientist, Government of Canada; Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria

  • Darlene Seto

    Darlene Seto

    MA with Kathryn Harrison, 2012; Lead: Policy and Partnerships, Foundry BC

  • Sonja Wilson

    Sonja Wilson

    MSc with Hadi Dowlatabadi, 2012; Principal with Reshape Strategies

  • Paul Teehan

    Paul Teehan

    PhD with Milind Kandlikar & Hadi Dowlatabadi, 2013; Software Engineering Lead

  • Sarah C. Klain

    Sarah C. Klain

    PhD with Kai Chan & Terre Satterfield, 2016; Assistant Professor, Utah State University

  • Lisa Westerhoff

    Lisa Westerhoff

    PhD w/ John Robinson, 2016; Principal of Policy and Planning, Integral Group

  • Sara Elder

    Sara Elder

    PhD with Peter Dauvergne, 2016; Adjunct Professor, UBC IRES; Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development

  • Daniel Klein

    Daniel Klein

    MSc with Gunilla Öberg, 2017; Senior Utility Planning Engineer, City of Vancouver

  • Liz Williams

    Liz Williams

    MSc w/ Kai Chan, 2017; Doctoral candidate in Psychology, University of Victoria

  • Tugce Conger

    Tugce Conger

    PhD with Stephanie Chang, 2018; Senior Planner, City of Vancouver

  • Arielle Louise Swett

    Arielle Louise Swett

    MA with Hadi Dowlatabadi, 2018; Policy Analyst, Arcadia; 2022 Fellow, Clean Energy Leadership Institute

  • Carmen Wan

    Carmen Wan

    MSc with Kai Ostwald, 2023; Program Specialist, UBC Sustainability Hub

  • Claire  Ewing

    Claire Ewing

    MSc with Amanda Giang and David Boyd, 2021; Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, Metro Vancouver

  • Helina Jolly

    Helina Jolly

    PhD with Terre Satterfield & Milind Kandlikar, 2022; Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Biodiversity Solutions

  • Jack Durant

    Jack Durant

    MA with Daniel Steel & Gunilla Öberg, 2022

  • Sandeep Pai

    Sandeep Pai

    PhD with Hisham Zerriffi, 2021; Senior Research Lead, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Anthony W. Persaud

    Anthony W. Persaud

    PhD w/ Terre Satterfield, 2021; Director of the Indigenous Home-Lands Initiative, Ecotrust Canada

  • Giulia Belotti

    Giulia Belotti

    MSc with Milind Kandlikar, 2024

  • Sameer Shah

    Sameer Shah

    PhD with Leila Harris, 2021; Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh

  • Myriam Khalfallah

    Myriam Khalfallah

    PhD w/ Daniel Pauly, 2020; Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC IOF

  • Erika Luna Perez

    Erika Luna Perez

    MSc with Navin Ramankutty & Amanda Giang, 2022; Policy Analyst, International Institute for Sustainable Development

  • Lea M. Anderson

    Lea M. Anderson

    MA with Kai Chan, 2023; DPhil student of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

  • Evan Bowness

    Evan Bowness

    PhD with Hannah Wittman, 2021; Assistant Professor of Community Food Systems at the Trent School of the Environment

  • Harold Eyster

    Harold Eyster

    PhD with Kai Chan, 2021; Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Vermont

  • David Righter

    David Righter

    MSc with Stephanie Chang, 2021; Climate Action Planner, Introba

  • Graham McDowell

    Graham McDowell

    PhD with Leila Harris and Michele Koppes, 2020; Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zurich; Project Leader, Canadian Mountain Assessment

  • Sophia Murphy

    Sophia Murphy

    PhD with Hannah Wittman, 2021; Executive Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

  • Brian Wang

    Brian Wang

    MSc with Mark Johnson, 2024

  • Brittney Wong

    Brittney Wong

    MA with Stephanie Chang, 2023; Contract and Special Projects Coordinator, York Region (The Regional Municipality of York)

  • Grace Schaan

    Grace Schaan

    MA with Kathryn Harrison, 2023

  • Brynley Hanson-Wright

    Brynley Hanson-Wright

    MSc with Jiaying Zhao, 2022

  • Julia Craig

    Julia Craig

    MSc with Kai Chan, 2022

  • Taya Triffo

    Taya Triffo

    MA with Leila Harris, 2022

  • Emma Gillies

    Emma Gillies

    MSc with Amanda Giang, 2022; Biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  • Diana  Bedolla  López

    Diana Bedolla López

    MA with Gunilla Oberg, 2023

  • Atlanta-Marinna Grant

    Atlanta-Marinna Grant

    MA with Hannah Wittman & Maggie Low, 2023

  • Allison Cutting

    Allison Cutting

    MSc with Terre Satterfield & Rashid Sumaila, 2022; Research Analyst, UBC IOF

  • Carly McGregor

    Carly McGregor

    MSc with Claire Kremen, 2022; Lab Manager, UBC Plant-Insect Ecology & Evolution Lab

  • Sarah-Louise Ruder

    Sarah-Louise Ruder

    PhD with Terre Satterfield & Hannah Wittman, 2024; SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa; Researcher, Food and Agricultural Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

  • Jumi Gogoi

    Jumi Gogoi

    PhD with Navin Ramankutty, 2024; Analyst, Financial Engineering and Modelling team within Financial Advisory in Deloitte

  • Erika Gavenus

    Erika Gavenus

    PhD with Terre Satterfield, 2024

  • Yeonuk Kim

    Yeonuk Kim

    PhD with Mark Johnson, 2023; IRES Postdoc

  • Stephen Chignell

    Stephen Chignell

    PhD with Mark Johnson & Terre Satterfield, 2024

  • Madison Stevens

    Madison Stevens

    PhD with Dr. Terre Satterfield, 2023; Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Indigenous-Led Ecological Restoration, Boise State University

  • Rocío López de la Lama

    Rocío López de la Lama

    PhD with Kai Chan, 2023; Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC SPPGA

  • Susanna Klassen

    Susanna Klassen

    PhD with Navin Ramankutty & Hannah Wittman, 2022

  • Juan Diego Martinez

    Juan Diego Martinez

    PhD with Navin Ramankutty, 2023 Applied Research Coordinator, Climate Action and Food Systems, UBC Campus and Community Planning

  • Dana James

    Dana James

    PhD w/ Hannah Wittman, 2022; Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC

  • Selina Agbayani

    Selina Agbayani

    MSc with Andrew Trites, 2022; Aquatic Biologist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada