IRES News: January 27th, 2022

IRES News & Events

February 7th: Climate Change and Environmental Human Rights on the TIbetan Plateau

This online event, featuring IRES’s Dr. Boyd, focuses on the arrest and torture of Tibetans who speak publicly about Chinese government policies in Tibet. China's development model in Tibet ignores the Tibetan people's actual social, environmental, and economic needs.

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The EOAS Colloquim Series continues via Zoom

A 6 part seminar series every Thursday on the Interactions between Earth Science & a Society-Spanning Response to the Climate Crisis, featuring IRES's Dr. Amanda Giang.

Virtual seminars are being currently held with hybrid formats later if possible. Click here for details


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Dr. Hannah Wittman is a winner of the AASHE Campus Sustainability Research Award!

Congratulations to Wittman, whose work with Dr. Alexandra Lyon and Dr. Harriet Friedman regarding UBC Farm's Seed Hub was recognized by AASHE! Their publication examines seed sovereignty, showing that seed-related research in public universities can contribute to transforming seed systems from privatized enclosures to a "seed commons."

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February 3rd: IRES Faculty Seminar with Mara Jill Goldman

Dr. Goldman will speak on undoing established ways of managing human-wildlife relations where Euro-American scientific approaches have historically dominated.


February 10th: IRES Student Seminar with Allison Cutting and Helina Jolly

Two IRES students present their research!

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February 10th: Virtual Book Launch: Infinity Fish by Dr. Rashid Sumaila

Pursuing systematic change in the fisheries sector or interested in the preservation of marine resources? Join UBC SPPGA for this virtual book launch by author and professor Rashid Sumaila and engage in a discussion on his new book, Infinity Fish: Economics and the Future of Fish and Fisheries.

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Forest(Reads): Black Faces, White Spaces | Virtual Book Club

The first step to building community is showing up. We invite you to join Forest(Reads), the Faculty of Forestry’s virtual book club on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This year’s Forest(Reads) focuses on understanding Black experiences within the environmental field with “Black Faces, White Spaces” by Dr. Carolyn Finney. Join and find out more here


Further Details

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program for international undergraduate students.

The program provides the opportunity to take two academic courses designed by IRES faculty on climate change, sustainability and food systems.

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Job Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, & more! 

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UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Update newsletter

Check out the latest "GradUpdate" - a weekly snapshot of workshops and opportunities available to UBC graduate students.

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Request for Volunteers: SCIE 113 Interview Project

Currently looking for volunteers who are interested in being interviewed about their research by SCIE 113 students.

Looking for: a diverse group of volunteers at different stages of their careers. This includes faculty members, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates.

Interview details: students will contact you in early February, to arrange an interview between then and March 8. Interviews will last about 20 - 25 minutes, and might take place via Zoom or in person, depending on the pandemic situation at the time of the interview.

During the interview, students will ask you about your experiences with research, including your current research projects, collaboration with other researchers, and the publication process. They are reminded to prepare for the interviews by searching for information about your research interests, or those of your research group. Students will give a short presentation to their class highlighting what they learned from the interview, but they will not share this information elsewhere or make any audio or video recordings.

Please e-mail to let them know if:

  1. You would like to volunteer
  2. You would like to take part in 1 or 2 interviews (each with a pair of students)

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Map the System

Map the System is a global competition that asks students and educators to think differently about social and environmental change. The competition challenges participants to use a systems lens to research a specific social or environmental issue. Participants are then expected to compellingly articulate their findings in a way that engages audiences and promotes understanding.


Registration Deadline: January 31, 2022


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Sustainability Ambassadors Program

Bring ideas for human and environmental wellbeing to life, develop your leadership skills and inspire the UBC community to create positive and meaningful change, while building your network and connections with other student leaders through the Sustainability Ambassadors program.


Application Deadline: February 13, 2022


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Student Leaders Colloquium

The Student Leaders Colloquium is a 3-day, expense-paid, invitation-only event held at the Fraser Institute’s head office in Vancouver, BC. Fraser Institute policy staff and Senior Fellows will join students in sessions covering a wide array of complex public policy issues. Free, open, and thoughtful discussions are encouraged. Graduates of the program have gone on to hold executive-level roles in leading think tanks, business, and government.


Application Deadline: March 4, 2022


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New Master's Program in Political Ecology at Lancaster University

The Earth is facing up to unprecedented environmental challenges. Enormous problems ranging from biodiversity loss to climate change demand both critical thought and action in order to understand and live with a changing planet. Yet environmental issues are simultaneously political, technological and cultural, and produce profound inequalities in how wealth, power and justice are realised. This unique Masters programme in Political Ecology offers the conceptual tools and practical skills to ask the difficult questions of human-environment relations, to not accept the status quo uncritically, and to drive transformative action.

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External Events

Check the IRES website for the most up-to-date information on External Events.

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Khelifa, R., Mellal, M. K., Mahdjoub, H., Hasanah, N., & Kremen, C. (2022). Biodiversity Exploitation for Online Entertainment. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 2

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