Vanessa Timmer

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Vanessa Timmer

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

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Research Interests

Behavioral change, Cities, Climate change, Collaborative Governance, Sustainability


Vanessa Timmer graduated with a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC in 1997. Vanessa is the Executive Director of OneEarth, a nonprofit ‘think and do tank’ creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with Pathways to Sustainability, the Urban Futures Studio, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. She has studied at Queen’s University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard. Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the UN Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme. In Canada, she is a board member of the National Zero Waste Council. OneEarth is a global leader on sustainable lifestyles through the Beacon for Sustainable Living co-led with the Hot or Cool Institute. In Canada, OneEarth leads a Lighter Living initiative in SW British Columbia in partnership with Vancity. OneEarth works with cities to enable sustainable living in partnership with C40 Cities and BCIT Centre for EcoCities.

Last updated February 2022