Featured News

Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

David Boyd is an Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, as well as a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment for the United Nations. His first report to the UN Human Rights Council is now public and available in the six official UN languages.

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Afroalpine Wetlands of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia: Distribution, Dynamics, and Conceptual Flow Model

New publication featuring IRES PhD student, Stephen Chignell, and his colleagues.

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IRES Events

IRES Student Seminar with Sahir Advani & Sean Smillie

February 28, 2019

Check out this week's IRES Student Seminar with Sahir Advani, IRES & IOF PhD Candidate, and Sean Smillie, IRES MSc Student.

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A la Mar: a Documentary Film About Wave Protection in Peru

February 26, 2019

Join us for a screening of A la Mar, a Peruvian documentary film about the first law in the world for the protection of the waves. After the screening we will have a discussion and Q&A session with Dr. David Boyd, Dr. Nathan Bennett and IRES PhD student Dacotah Splichalova.

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Media Coverage

Chinatown residents rally in front of Vancouver city hall during 2017 rezoning process involving a Keefer Street property where the city's citizen engagement process was criticized.

Arlen Redekop / PNG

Robin Gregory: Vancouver City Hall follows outdated model in engaging residents

The Province published an op-ed by Robin Gregory, an adjunct professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC, about City Hall’s approach to local housing issues.

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External Opportunities

Beyond Bauhaus - Prototyping the Future

To mark the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus design school, the international 'beyond bauhaus' competition is all about groundbreaking design concepts that offer creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time.

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Oceans Protection Plan Dialogue Forum

Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, and Environment and Climate Change Canada, invites you to participate in the next Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) Pacific Dialogue Forum.

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Water and Environment Student Talks (WEST) 2019

It is with great excitement that we announce the 6th annual Water and Environment Student Talks (WEST), a water conference for students and young professionals in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s theme is WEST Headwaters: The Convergence of Streams in Water Research.

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Science World Community Scientist Initiative (CSI)

Science World’s Community Scientist Initiative (CSI) is once again looking for scientists, researchers and other science-based professionals with a keen interest in engaging with public audiences, to become science communicators and ambassadors. This initiative is designed to engage community volunteers and partners with deep expertise in science and technology in providing regular opportunities for our visitors to explore the research and work of local passionate professionals.

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Volunteers needed for Pembina's Clean Future Forum

A one day event in which we will bring together thought leaders on energy and environmental issues from a variety of key sectors to help craft a bold vision for BC’s low carbon future. It’s an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to roll up their sleeves and engage in the productive conversations needed to make BC’s clean energy transition a reality and a success.

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External Events

GPS Update: Recruiter Real Talk + Stats WEBINAR (Mixed Effects Models) + Thesis Boot Camp + More!

Learn more about upcoming events from UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

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2019 Youth Energy Policy Design Competition

Contest Question: What combination of policies creates the optimal pathway for Canada to meet its 2030 climate target?

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UBC Connects & The Phil Lind Initiative Present: John Kasich

Join David Suzuki and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) for an exclusive Victoria screening and discussion of Ian Mauro’s latest film, Beyond Climate, during University of Victoria Ideafest 2019.

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UBC Connects & The Phil Lind Initiative Present: John Kasich

Join President Santa J. Ono for UBC Connects, a new public lecture series featuring the world’s most esteemed thought leaders.

This lecture features speaker John Kasich, two-term former Ohio Governor, CNN Senior Political Commentator, and a New York Times best-selling author.

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