IRES News: October 19th, 2020

IRES News & Events


The New Leaf Project, a Collaboration between Professor Jiaying Zhao and Foundations for Social Change, Received Widespread Coverage

The media highlighted the New Leaf project, a research initiative by UBC and Foundations for Social Change that evaluated the impact of giving direct cash transfers to homeless individuals. Principal investigator Professor Jiaying Zhao was interviewed.

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Professor Navin Ramankutty Awarded the Wihuri International Prize

Congratulations to Professor Navin Ramankutty — of the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs — who been awarded the prestigious Wihuri International Prize in recognition of his long-standing work on sustainable global food systems.

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Professor Claire Kremen Awarded the 2020 Volvo Environment Prize

Congratulations to UBC conservation biologist Claire Kremen, who is this year's winner of the Volvo Environment Prize, recognizing her world-class research on how humanity can feed itself while also protecting biodiversity.

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October 20, 2020: Industrial Symbiosis – A Key Plank in a Circular Economy with Timo Makinen

Timo Makinen presents on the NISP® model for delivering industrial symbiosis and it's benefits including waste reduction, improved resource efficiency, less materials sent to the landfill, and fewer GHGs and air pollutants, among others.

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Youth:Present Launch Event Featuring Professor David Boyd

Youth:Present will amplify the voices of young people from different parts of the world with their varied experiences. The discussions which will take place during the event are critical to contribute to truly global youth participation, by exchanging hopes and ideas to find sustainable ways forward.

Event Date: 21 October 2020, at 4pm CET

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October 22, 2020: IRES Faculty Seminar with Juno Salazar Parreñas

Universities have joined in on antiracist language, declaring statements against racism, violence, and white supremacy. This talk considers the pitfalls of ambiguity between aspirations for transformation on one hand and the cynicism of merely symbolic gestures on the other.

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October 29, 2020: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Baruch Fischhoff

The talk will address opportunities for integrating research and public service by creating empirically based communications responsive to user needs. It will draw examples from a diverse application areas.

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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, and more!

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SUSTech – UEA Joint PhD Programme for Entry in September 2021

One or two 4-year PhD vacancies are offered for entry in September 2021 in the fields of water governance and hydropolitics by the joint PhD programme hosted by Center for Social Science of Southern University of Science and Technology, China (SUSTech) and School of International Development of the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Deadline: 6:00pm (GMT+8) on November 1, 2020

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EOI Open for PhDs in Indigenous Knowledge Topics

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute at the University of Melbourne is seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars who wish to undertake a PhD on a topic related to Indigenous knowledges. All Indigenous candidates who are accepted into a University of Melbourne PhD program will be guaranteed a RTP scholarship and are encouraged to discuss other opportunities available in addition to the base scholarship.

Deadline: November 7, 2020

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Opportunities for Students in Environmental Innovation at Bountiful

Introducing Bountiful, a website and community dedicated to improving our environment through innovation. Bountiful is a marketplace where university students, researchers, and entrepreneurs can find opportunities to collaborate, build startups, and make money from their expertise, all while doing good for the planet and working on meaningful problems.

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Graduate Assistant Position: CANSEE2021 Conference Organizer

From May 24-27, 2021, the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) will host its 13th biennial conference online in partnership with the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration (SPA), entitled “Pathways for an Inclusive and Sustainable Recovery.” SPA is looking to hire a graduate assistant (GA) to help in conference organization.

Deadline: Friday, November 6, 2020 (11:55 pm PST)

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Funded MA/PhD Positions at University of Iowa Geography for Fall 2021

Dr. Carly Nichols is currently recruiting graduate students (PhD or Masters) for the 2021-22 academic year. Her research agenda uses political ecology and feminist methods to examine the intersections between agri-food system change and embodied perceptions of health in South Asia and the Upper Midwest. She has ongoing projects examining mental health concerns among female identifying farmers in Iowa, COVID-19’s impacts on Iowa’s local food system, and gendered impacts of COVID in agrarian India. People with research interests that broadly align with her work are encouraged to contact her with a brief statement of their interests and a current CV.

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MA/MSc/PhD Position: Climate Adaptation Justice

Dr. Anthony Levenda is looking to hire a graduate student to help on one of two ongoing projects focused on: (1) climate adaptation planning in the Gulf Coast and/or (2) environmental justice in informal housing settlements in the US. The position will be based at the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma working towards an MA/MSc/PhD in Geography and Environmental Sustainability starting Fall 2021. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity for conducting original research, and a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, such as critical geography, political ecology and/or science and technology studies (STS).

Deadline: December 1, 2020

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Winter 2020 Funding: Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2020.

Deadline: November 25, 2020

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES' core faculty members.

Exposing the myths of household water insecurity in the global north: A critical review
K Meehan, W Jepson, LM Harris, A Wutich, M Beresford, A Fencl, J London, G Pierce et al
WIREs Water, e1486

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