Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Welcome to the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). We are 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


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Auger-Methe, Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries sciences; Statistics; Zoology; Animal movement; Polar ecology; Statistical Ecology
Bakker, Karen Jessica Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political economy, political ecology, environmental studies, development studies, and resource and environmental management
Barichello, Richard Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Capitlization of Government program benefits , quota systems and markets, agricultural policy, trade,industrial and agricultural pocliy reform in South East Asian Countries, economics of raw material export
Boyd, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sustainable Development; Environmental Law and Policy; Human Rights and Environment; Rights of Nature; Environmental justice; Plastic Pollution
Callison, Candis Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) changes to media practices and platforms, journalism ethics, the role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics.
Chan, Kai Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; conservation finance; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; Ecosystem services; environmental assessment; environmental values; incentive programs; payments for ecosystem services; resilience; social-ecological systems; sustainability science
Chang, Stephanie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) All other social sciences, n.e.c.; natural disasters; risk; resilience; climate change adaptation; infrastructure systems; earthquakes; coastal hazards
Cheung, Wai Lung Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Impacts of fishing and climate change on marine ecosystems and their goods and services
Christensen, Villy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries management
Dauvergne, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Refugee law, Immigration law, citizenship law, Global governance and emerging powers, environmental politics, asian
Donner, Simon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Atmospheric sciences; Fisheries sciences; Social and economic geography; Climate Changes and Impacts; Climate change science; Climate policy; Coastal Ecosystems; Marine Environment; Prediction and Climatic Modeling; Science communication
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Energy Production; Economic Planning of Energy; Climate Changes and Impacts; Public Policies; New Technology and Social Impacts; Health Policies; Transportation Systems; The systematic study of systems at the interface of humans, nature, technology and policy
Evenden, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environmental history and water history, with a regional specialization in Canada, particularly Alberta and British Columbia
Giang, Amanda Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Atmospheric sciences; Mechanical engineering; Natural environment sciences; Atmospheric Pollutants; Chemical Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Public Policies; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection
Gulati, Sumeet Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Agricultural economics; Economics of Human Wildlife Conflict; Economics of Urban Transportation; Effectiveness of Carbon Taxes; Effectiveness of Environmental Policy; International Trade and its Effect on the Environment; Political Economy of Environmental and Trade Policy
Harley, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries sciences; Zoology; climate change; community ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; marine algae; marine invertebrates
Harris, Leila Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Critical identity, ethnic and race studies; Gender, sexuality and education; Human rights, justice, and ethical issues; Africa; Development Policies; Drinking Water; Environmental justice; equity and social justice; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; Fresh Water; Gender Relationship; gender and social difference; Ghana; International development; participatory resource management; Resources Management; Social Contract and Social Justice; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; South Africa; Turkey and Middle East; Water; water governance; water politics
Harrison, Kathryn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Canadian politics, environmental politics, environmental policy, climate change, global warming, climate change policy, Canadian public policy
Hoberg, George Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) forest policy, energy policy, environmental policy, trade and environment, softwood lumber, Olympics, Aboriginal issues (land rights), Forestry policy
Honey-Roses, Jordi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Land use and environmental planning; Experimental Methods; Water; Public Space; Environmental Planning
Johnson, Mark Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Geology; Natural environment sciences; Agriculture; Biogeochemistry; Carbon cycle; Climate Changes and Impacts; data science; Ecohydrology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Fresh Water; Ground Water and Water Tables; Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Land and Soil; land use; Running Water Hydrosystem; Water and Sustainability
Kandlikar, Milind Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Climate change impacts and adaptation; Product life cycle; Environmental policy; Research, science and technology policy; Environmental impacts; Air Quality and Climate Change; Technological Risk; Technology and Development
Khalfallah, Myriam Postdoctoral Fellow Resources Management; Fishery Resources; Marine Environment; Socio-Economic Conditions; Economic Policies; Social Contexts; Environmental studies; Conservation ecology; Natural environment sciences; Environment and natural resources economics; Natural environment sustainability studies; Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; Marine ecology (including marine ichthyology); Environmental impact assessment; Fisheries sciences; Fisheries management; Oceanography
Khan, Samia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) science education, teaching and learning, cognition, digital technology, learning space design, case study, higher education, Educational Technologies, Science Education, Teacher Education
Koppes, Michele Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) climate change, glaciers, natural hazards, landscape change, polar regions, ice-ocean interactions
Kremen, Claire Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Zoology; agroecological farming systems; Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; sustainable landscapes
Kunz, Nadja Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mining engineering; Public administration; Public policy; Public security policy; Decision Analysis; Environmental engineering; Hydrology; Risk management; Systems engineering; water resources management
le Billon, Philippe Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Geography, politics, africa, environmental, human geography, development, security
Lerner, Jackie Faculty (non-G+PS member)
Meitner, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) forest aesthetics and scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, environmental visualization, geographic information systems, visual perception, agent-based modeling, Public involment in planning, sustainability leadership
Oberg, Gunilla Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Science and Knowledge; Chemical Pollutants; Risk management; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; environmental health; Sustainable Development; Environment and Society; Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building; Urban and Rural Planning Policies; Learning and Development Approaches
Pakhomov, Yevhenii Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Feeding ecophysiology of aquatic invertebrates and fishes, Antarctic ecology, Antarctic krill biology, Tunicate biology, Fishery ecology, Stable isotope ecology
Pauly, Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) World fisheries; Marine life; Global catch; Management of fisheries; Fish growth and ecophysiology
Ramana, M. V. Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Public administration; Public policy; Public security policy; arms control; Energy Production; Nuclear and Fusion; nuclear disarmament; nuclear energy; nuclear policy; political economy of energy; risk of nuclear accidents
Ramankutty, Navin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Public administration; Public policy; Public security policy; Agriculture; Climate Changes and Impacts; Climate impacts; Environment and Society; Global food security; Land use change; Sustainable agriculture
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Forestry sciences; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Conservation & Poverty Alleviation; Ecosystem services; Landscape ecology & spatial analysis; Reforestation; socio-ecological systems; Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems
Satterfield, Blair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction
Smukler, Sean Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) agriculture, environment, sustainable development, ecosystem services
Steel, Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Addiction; Diversity; ethics; Opioid crisis; Clinical trials; Equity; Philosophy / Ethics; philosophy of science; Values and science risk; Precautionary principle
Sumaila, Ussif Rashid Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries
Tansey, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ethics of new and emerging technologies, Emerging markets and institutions for carbon trading, Social determinants of health, GM crops and animals
Thompson, Alvin Postdoctoral Fellow Climate Changes and Impacts; Coastal adaptation
Trites, Andrew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) marine mammals, seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, fisheries competition, population biology, ecology, Marine mamals research centre, biology of marine mammals, population dynamics, bioenergetics, fisheries
Vincent, Amanda Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Marine Environment; Fishery Resources; Sustainable Development; Protected Areas; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; ocean conservation; threatened marine species, especially seahorses and their relatives; marine protected areas; Small-scale fisheries; nonselective fisheries, especially trawling; wildlife trade; community-based conservation; citizen science; multilateral environmental agreements
Wittman, Hannah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology and related studies; Farming systems research; food sovereignty; Sustainable agriculture; socio-ecological systems; agro-ecology
Zerriffi, Hisham Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Forestry sciences; Biomass (Energy); Energy Transformation and Energy Using; International development; Environment and Society; Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; energy poverty
Zhao, Jiaying Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Behavior Change; Cognitive Science; Environment and Society; Poverty; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Public Policy; Socio-Economic Conditions; sustainability