IRES News: April 25th, 2022

IRES News & Events

Join the UBC Forestry Ukraine Fundraiser

The war in Ukraine is having widespread and devastating humanitarian impacts. Please consider joining us in raising funds to assist those most in need; in Ukraine, and here at home.

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April 27th: IRES Special Seminar with Alain Nadaï

Join a special seminar with Alain Nadaï as he talks about the the political construction of renewable energy resources.

This seminar with be both in person and on Zoom at 12:00-1:30pm in AERL Theatre, Room 120 (2202 Main Mall)

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The Adrian Semmelink Memorial Award

Congratulations to IRES PhD student Susanna Klassen, the first recipient of the Adrian Semmelink Memorial Award!

Read Susanna's reflections on how the award will enable scholars to carry forward Adrian’s legacy of policy-relevant, human-centered research on sustainable agriculture:                                                                                                                                                                                                       Learn more

New Report: Sacrifice Zones

A new compilation of photographs demonstrates the unfairness of sacrifice zones, where pollution is affecting people in disproportionate ways. One of these zones is Sarnia, Canada, notorious for its disturbing health effects on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

IRES's Dr. David Boyd and McKenna Hadley-Burke coordinated the collection of images of 50 of the worst sacrifice zones in the world, with submissions from 20+ countries, youth, Indigenous groups, and human rights institutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Read the report

Job Opportunities

On-call Fisheries Technician | Okanagan Nation Alliance

Deadline: Position is open until filled

Conservation Strateegy Specialist | Environmental Conservation Nonprofit

Deadline: Position is open until filled

Data Scientist, Survey Research Manager | Climate Nexus

Deadline: Position is open until filled

Project Manager | Taking Roots

Deadline: Position is open until filled


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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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Student Canada Climate Platform Analyst | Gensqueeze

Opportunity for a paid, remote-working position (a few hours/week now, fewer over the summer, then back up again in the fall) with a non-profit organization called GenSqueeze.

PhD co-supervisor Paul Kershaw is the founder and executive director of GenSqueeze and he is looking for a student to help the organization analyze Canada’s climate platform, particularly as it aligns with carbon emission targets and the federal budget. The student would also contribute to synthesizing the information into media-friendly outputs. There are no particular required skills, although some knowledge of the Canadian climate policy environment and/or some experience in policy analysis are a plus.

Email Verena at if interested.

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Support Bill C-226 to address Environmental Racism in Canada

Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice (CCECJ) and the ENRICH Project are leading a campaign to pass Bill C-226 in parliament. We, at CFMS HEART, along with IFMSA-QC, CAPE-Canada, and the David Suzuki Foundation are supporting these initiatives, given the far-reaching environmental health impacts. This bill would address environmental racism at the federal level.




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Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Scoiety (EEES) Graduate Program | Dartmouth College

The Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society (EEES) graduate program at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire, United States) seeks applicants for fully-funded PhD study at the intersection of political ecology and science and technology studies (STS), beginning in September 2022.



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UBC Science STAIR Grants

STAIR grants are designed to initiate new collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects at UBC. Teams of two researchers apply – the collaboration must be interdisciplinary and the researchers must not have worked together in the past.

Successful teams will receive funding to support two graduate students for one year ($20,000 for each student) and a $5,000 research stipend for materials and supplies, shared between the two PIs.


Deadline: May 6, 2022

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Invitation to WE-CAN's 2022 AGM

We (the West Coast Climate Action Network) are holding our very first AGM on Saturday May 14th at 10am - and we hope you can attend! Everyone in the BC climate movement is invited. You can register by clicking the image or button below.


Deadline: May 14, 2022

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Postdoctoral Opportunity | Indigenous Foodland Conservation

The WGIFS is led by Indigenous Matriarchs and the men and 2 spirits who support us, and is inclusive of non-Indigenous friends and allies who demonstrate deep and meaningful willingness and ability to work within the Decolonizing Food System Research and Relationships: Cross Cultural Interface Framework developed by the WGIFS. Our analysis framework focuses on multiple intersecting scopes and scales, as they are defined by bio-cultural heritage, geography, and areas of focus outlined below. The successful candidate will work with the direct supervision and direction of the WGIFS, and will support the WGIFS in applying their Decolonizing Food


Deadline: May 15, 2022

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CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements - Spring 2022 Competition

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.


Deadline: May 20, 2022

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Postdoctoral Research Associate | William & Mary

The Environmental Science and Policy Program at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, invites applications for a two-year, non-tenure-track visiting position of Mellon Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship to Advance Diversity in the Environmental Humanities that will begin August 10, 2022.

Deadline: Position open until filled




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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

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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