Relevant Degree Programs
Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
Recent Tri-Agency Grants
The following is a selection of grants for which the faculty member was principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently, the list only covers Canadian Tri-Agency grants from years 2013/14-2016/17 and excludes grants from any other agencies.
- Quantifying the stormwater management benefits of urban forests under various climate change scenarios in a Vancouver sub-catchment - Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI) Program - Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) - (2015/2016)
- The Impact of Residential Densification on Perceptions of Public Space (2021)
Journal of the American Planning Association, 87 (2), 282--295
- Academia in the Time of COVID-19: Towards an Ethics of Care (2020)
Planning Theory & Practice, 21 (2), 191--199
- Assessing the Permanence of Land-Use Change Induced by Payments for Environmental Services: Evidence From Nicaragua (2020)
Tropical Conservation Science,
- Comparing Structured and Unstructured Facilitation Approaches in Consultation Workshops: A Field Experiment (2020)
Group Decision and Negotiation, 29 (5), 949--967
- Leveraging support for conservation from ecotourists: can relational values play a role? (2020)
Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28 (3), 497--514
- Rule compliance and desire lines in Barcelona’s cycling network (2020)
Transportation Letters, , 1--10
- The Behavioral Response to Increased Pedestrian and Staying Activity in Public Space: A Field Experiment (2020)
Environment and Behavior,
- The Impact of COVID-19 on Public Space: A Review of the Emerging Questions (2020)
- The impact of COVID-19 on public space: an early review of the emerging questions – design, perceptions and inequities (2020)
Cities & Health, , 1--17
- Young families and children in gentrifying neighbourhoods: how gentrification reshapes use and perception of green play spaces (2020)
Local Environment, 25 (10), 765--786
- A Review of Field Experiments in Planning and Urban Research (2019)
Planning Practice & Research, , 1--15
- Percent Change as a Measure of Price Escalation in Water and Energy Utilities (2019)
Public Works Management & Policy, 24 (2), 213--224
- A policy nexus approach to forests and the SDGs: Tradeoffs and synergies (2018)
Current opinion in environmental sustainability, 34, 7--12
- Is this trail too crowded? A choice experiment to evaluate tradeoffs and preferences of park visitors in Garibaldi Park, British Columbia (2018)
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61 (1), 1-24
- Metrics and Methods for Comparing Water Utility Rate Structures (2018)
Water Economics and Policy, , 1850018
- Quantifying active and passive restoration in Central Mexico from 1986-2012: assessing the evidence of a forest transition (2018)
- What Participation? Distinguishing Water Monitoring Programs in Mining Regions Based on Community Participation (2018)
- Assessing the Permanence of Land Use Change Induced by Payments for Environmental Services (2017)
- Commentary on the Absence of Experiments in Planning (2017)
Journal of Planning Education and Research, , 0739456X17739352
- Ecosystem services (2017)
The GEO handbook on biodiversity observation networks, , 39--78
- The Effectiveness of Payments for Environmental Services (2017)
World Development, 96, 359-374
- BC Municipal Water Survey 2016 (2016)
Online URL: http://hdl. handle. net/2429/57077,
- Drought Preparedness in BC: Workshop Summary (2016)
University of British Columbia,
- Emerging evidence on the effectiveness of tropical forest conservation (2016)
PLoS ONE, 11 (11)
- Evaluation of the permanence of land use change induced by payments for environmental services in Quindío, Colombia (2016)
PLoS ONE, 11 (3)
- Goldilocks and the Raster Grid: Selecting Scale when Evaluating Conservation Programs (2016)
- Implementation strategies and a cost/benefit comparison for compliance with an environmental flow regime in a Mediterranean river affected by hydropower (2016)
Water Policy, 18 (1), 197-216
- Mainstreaming Impact Evaluation in Nature Conservation (2016)
Conservation Letters, 9 (1), 58-64
- Solidaridad: Un Plan para Restaurar el Ŕıo Chiquito y Recuperar el Espacio Público en Morelia, México (2016)
- Urban River Restoration and Planning in Latin America: A systematic review (2016)
- How effective are biodiversity conservation payments in Mexico? (2015)
PLoS ONE, 10 (3)
- Rius de Sal: Una visió històrica de la salinització dels rius Llobregat i Cardener durant el segle XX (2015)
- Changing ecosystem service values following technological change (2014)
Environmental Management, 53 (6), 1146-1157
- A demand driven research agenda for ecosystem services (2013)
Ecosystem Services, 5, 160-162
- Enriching Intergenerational Decision-Making with Guided Visualization Exercises (2013)
Journal of Business Ethics, , 1-6
- Examining the Demand for Ecosystem Services: The Value of Stream Restoration for Drinking Water Treatment Managers in the Llobregat River, Spain (2013)
Ecological Economics, 90, 196-205
- Ecosystem Services in an Impacted Watershed (2012)
The Llobregat, , 347--368
- Ecosystem services in planning practice for urban and technologically advanced landscapes (2012)
- The Llobregat River Basin: A paradigm of impaired rivers under climate change threats (2012)
The Llobregat, , 1--26
- A Spatially Explicit Estimate of Avoided Forest Loss (2011)
Conservation Biology, 25 (5), 1032-1043
- Disentangling the proximate factors of deforestation: The case of the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve in Mexico (2009)
Land Degradation and Development, 20 (1), 22-32
- Illegal logging in common property forests (2009)
Society and Natural Resources, 22 (10), 916-930
- Reviewing the Arguments for Market Based Approaches to Water Distribution: A Critical Assessment for Sustainable Water Management in Spain (2009)
Sustainable Development, 17 (6), 357-364
- To pay or not to pay? Monitoring performance and enforcing conditionality when paying for forest conservation in Mexico (2009)
Environmental Conservation, 36 (2), 120-128