IRES News: April 11th, 2022

IRES News & Events

Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Wittman!

Congratulations to IRES/UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems' Dr. Hannah Wittman for receiving support from the New Frontiers in Research Fund! NFRFFive UBC-led projects were awarded a combined $1.1 million, including Wittman & colleagues' work on Digital Solutions for Advancing Agroecological Transitions.



To truly address climate change, we need to change the very systems we live and work in., a new platform by Dr. Kai Chan, is seeking young activists and folks (including expert scientists) who can articulate the science of sustainability to join their community.

CoSphere has identified

- 6 systems where huge change is needed including economy and finance

- levers to change them including incentives and laws

- and leverage points at which to apply them, including consumption.

They then provide a platform to enable these changes.

Join CoSphere                                                                                                      Learn more

April 14th: IRES Student Seminar with Prerna, Emma and Brynley

Join our last seminar of the term with Prerna, Emma and Brynley as they talk about "Reason and Risk: Challenging the expert-public divide in the risk debates on uranium mining in India", "Exploring a mercury mystery: Weaving Western Science and Inuvialuit Knowledge to model the drivers of mercury pollution in the Beaufort Sea food web" and "Boosting understanding of lifestyle carbon emissions: Evaluating the effectiveness of personal carbon calculators to promote climate action"

This seminar with be both in person and on Zoom at 12:30-1:30pm in AERL Theatre, Room 120 (2202 Main Mall)

Zoom Registration Here!

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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Call for Abstracts: Sustainable Ocean Conference

The Marine Affairs Students at Dalhousie University will be holding the annual sustainable ocean conference on September 23-24, 2022, and are looking for participants who are interested in presenting their relevant research projects at our conference. Projects can be presented either as an oral presentation or in poster format.


Deadline: Apr 14, 2022



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Looking for Environmental Health Scientist – Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for an Environmental Health Scientist, Temp Full Time




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Applications for UBC's Delegation at COP27

The 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) summit is taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 7 to 18, 2022.

Each year UBC receives a limited number of observer badges for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP) negotiation space, known as the Blue Zone.

Applications for UBC's delegation at COP27 is now open


Deadline: May 4, 2022

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Urban Analytics (Graduate Research Methods)

PLAN 548R | 2022 Summer (July 12 to August 29)

Credits: 3 | Course Instructor: Julia Harten

Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00PM

Course Description:

As more and more aspects of daily life become digitally mediated, planners can study urban processes in new ways. Urban analytics is an umbrella term for using new data forms in combination with computational approaches to better understand cities. While increasing data availability allows us to ask new questions –or shed new light on enduring ones– planners need to understand and weigh the risks and opportunities of this data revolution to harness it responsibly. This course is delivered in two parts. The first part teaches the fundamentals of python coding for urban data science. The second part focuses on application. Students will work on mini-research projects to apply their knowledge. Additionally, students will develop literacy in urban analytics publications and the field’s quickly evolving emerging debates.

To be registered, please contact the course instructor, Julia Harten (, outlining your relevant research project, as you will be undertaking this throughout the course.

Food Systems Career Development Placements (Summer 2022)

The Career Development in Land and Food Systems course (LFS 496) prepares UBC students professionally and academically for future careers through a mentored learning experience with a real food business or organization. Students apply the theory they gain from class through on-the-ground, food system-related work and course assignments that support their practical learning.


Deadline: April 28, 2022

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Bertram Scholarship 2022

In recognition of the growing importance of good governance to all Canadian institutions, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research is offering up to three annual Bertram Scholarship of $15,000 to PhD students registered at Canadian universities. The scholarship will support the work of students who are conducting research into governance as part of their doctoral research project.


Deadline: May 18, 2022

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seed Program

The SoTL Seed program provides graduate research assistants, collegial collaborations, and complementary funding for projects, for faculty interested in exploring and understanding the impact of their pedagogical choices.


All members of the UBC community are welcome to apply, with a priority given to faculty members teaching at the undergraduate level and who have not had an active SoTL Seed project in the last 12 months. Applications will be accepted until May 27, 2022.


Deadline: May 27, 2022

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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Nawaz, S. Satterfield, T. (2022). Climate solution or corporate co-optation? US and Canadian publics’ views on agricultural gene editing. PLoS ONE 17(3): e0265635.


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