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


Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Auger-Methe, Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Statistical Ecology; Polar ecology; Animal movement
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) Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; Ecosystem services; sustainability science; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; environmental values; conservation finance; environmental assessment; social-ecological systems; resilience; payments for ecosystem services; incentive programs
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) Climate Changes and Impacts; Prediction and Climatic Modeling; Marine Environment; Climate change science; Climate policy; Science communication; Coastal Ecosystems
Dowlatabadi, Hadi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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 Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Chemical Pollutants; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Public Policies
Gulati, Sumeet Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Economics of Urban Transportation; Effectiveness of Carbon Taxes; Effectiveness of Environmental Policy; Economics of Human Wildlife Conflict; Political Economy of Environmental and Trade Policy; International Trade and its Effect on the Environment
Harley, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecology and Quality of the Environment; community ecology; climate change; marine invertebrates; marine algae
Harris, Leila Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Drinking Water; Fresh Water; Water; Resources Management; Development Policies; International Development; Gender Relationship; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Social Contract and Social Justice; water politics; water governance; Environmental justice; gender and social difference; equity and social justice; participatory resource management; Turkey and Middle East; Africa; Ghana; South Africa
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) Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Land and Soil; Climate Changes and Impacts; Agriculture; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Running Water Hydrosystem; Fresh Water; Ground Water and Water Tables; Ecohydrology; Carbon cycle; land use; Water and Sustainability; Biogeochemistry; data science
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) Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; agroecological farming systems; sustainable landscapes
Kunz, Nadja Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Decision Analysis; Mining engineering; Hydrology; water resources management; Environmental engineering; Systems engineering; Risk management
Le Billon, Philippe Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Geography, politics, africa, environmental, human geography, development, security
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) 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) Energy Production; Nuclear and Fusion; nuclear energy; nuclear disarmament; arms control; nuclear policy; risk of nuclear accidents; political economy of energy
Ramankutty, Navin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environment and Society; Agriculture; Climate Changes and Impacts; Global food security; Sustainable agriculture; Climate impacts; Land use change
Rhemtulla, Jeanine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Landscape ecology & spatial analysis; Ecosystem services; Reforestation; Conservation & Poverty Alleviation; 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) Social Movements; Environment and Society; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Agriculture; food sovereignty; Sustainable agriculture; socio-ecological systems; agro-ecology
Zerriffi, Hisham Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) 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) Psychology - Biological Aspects; Environment and Society; Socio-Economic Conditions; Cognitive Science; Poverty; sustainability; Behavior Change; Public Policy