Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Master of Arts
The Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability is 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. Our mission is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning about the linkages among human and natural systems, and to support decision making from local to global scales. More often than not, we achieve this through collaborations across students and faculty in a manner that recognizes our collective skills, intellectual histories and methodological approaches, and yet encourages our interdependencies as we consider real world problems.
|Boyd, David||Sustainable Development; Environmental Law and Policy; Human Rights and Environment; Rights of Nature; Environmental justice; Plastic Pollution|
|Chan, Kai||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||All other social sciences, n.e.c.; natural disasters; risk; resilience; climate change adaptation; infrastructure systems; earthquakes; coastal hazards|
|Dowlatabadi, Hadi||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|
|Giang, Amanda||Atmospheric Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Chemical Pollutants; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Public Policies|
|Harris, Leila||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|
|Johnson, Mark||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||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|
|Kremen, Claire||Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; agroecological farming systems; sustainable landscapes|
|Oberg, Gunilla||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|
|Ramankutty, Navin||Environment and Society; Agriculture; Climate Changes and Impacts; Global food security; Sustainable agriculture; Climate impacts; Land use change|
|Satterfield, Theresa||Sustainable development, environmental health, First Nation & land management, social and cultural consequences of contamination|
|Wittman, Hannah||Social Movements; Environment and Society; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Agriculture; food sovereignty; Sustainable agriculture; socio-ecological systems; agro-ecology|
|Zhao, Jiaying||Psychology - Biological Aspects; Environment and Society; Socio-Economic Conditions; Cognitive Science; Poverty; sustainability; Behavior Change; Public Policy|
Claire Kremen, UBC IRES/Zoology professor & Biodiversity Research Centre faculty, was awarded the 2020 Volvo Environment Prize for her work on transformative food systems that protect biodiversity. A prestigious and well deserved recognition – congratulations Claire!
The IRES community is mourning the sudden passing of Adrian Semmelink, who did his Master’s with Kai Chan and Terre Satterfield from 2015-2018. Adrian was a warm, enthusiastic, empathetic person who seemed to set everyone at ease with his manner and his wonderful sense of humour. He brightened...
UBC Professor Navin Ramankutty — of the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs — has been awarded the prestigious Wihuri International Prize in recognition of his long-standing work on sustainable global food systems. As...
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In the recovery from this pandemic, leaders gathering at the United Nations have the opportunity and duty to “simultaneously tackle the deadly pollution and work to achieve everyone’s right to breathe clean air,” urges IRES prof David Boyd. Boyd is the United Nations Special...
The New York City Bar Association, a group of over 24,000 lawyers and law students, joins IRES prof David Boyd in pushing the United Nations to recognize the human right to a healthy environment by the end of this year. Among specifically listed goals, the bar association calls on the U.S....