Hisham Zerriffi

Associate Professor

Research Classification

Research Interests

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

Relevant Degree Programs

Research Options

I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research Methodology

qualitative methods
survey design and analysis
techno-economic assessment


Master's students
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
Any time / year round

I do not have current funding for additional graduate students or post-doctoral scholars but am generally interested in modeling of energy access in developing countries, assessment of socio-ecological linkages in energy use, household choice and welfare implications related to energy use, and synergies and tradeoffs in meeting sustainable development goals in forestry, energy and land-use. 

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).
I am interested in supervising students to conduct interdisciplinary research.

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Great Supervisor Week Mentions

Each year graduate students are encouraged to give kudos to their supervisors through social media and our website as part of #GreatSupervisorWeek. Below are students who mentioned this supervisor since the initiative was started in 2017.


I want thank @hishamzerriffi and @garyqbull for being #greatsupervisor 's during appreciation week. I would not be where I am today without all their help, guidance, support. So too Dr.Valerie LeMay, not a supervisor, but helped me as one!


Hard to believe I am slowly inching closer to the end of a PhD. From Day 1, @leilaharris has believed in me and supported me. So has @hishamzerriffi. Thank you for being a #GreatSupervisor!


@ubcires On the occasion of the supervisor appreciation week, my heartfelt thanks to @hishamzerriffi. He is a great mentor, brilliant academic but most imp a kind person to work with. Grateful. Forever. #GreatSupervisor #UBC


This is the supervisor appreciation week! My PhD supervisor @hishamzerriffi is extremely knowledgeable & brilliant. He is a wonderful person, who is highly approachable. I'd say he is the most democratic supervisor I have ever worked with. Thank you Hisham! #GreatSupervisor #UBC


As a PhD student, what you need in a supervisor is foresight, empathy, and patience. Thank you Hisham (@ERDELab) for having these qualities in abundance! #GreatSupervisor #UBC




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