IRES News: January 25th, 2021

IRES News & Events

Congratulations to IRES Faculty Associate Dr. Rashid Sumaila for being appointed as one of six University Killam Professors!

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January 26, 2021, 5-7 pm PST: Join Dr. David Boyd's public talk on the urgent need for the legal recognition of the human right to a healthy environment, a right currently not protected by national laws in Canada. 

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January 28, 2021: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Zia Mehrabi

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February 4, 2021, 9:30-11 am PST: The second annual "Water Research Roundup" will feature a panel of student researchers working on topics related to freshwater governance, including stewardship, protection, and Indigenous laws and ways of knowing.

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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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Vivien Srivastava Child-Care Stipend for Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students

A critical barrier for the advancement of women in scientific careers is the lack of affordable child care. To address this issue the Srivastava UBC Science Child-care Stipend was established to help alleviate the child-care costs for women postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the Faculty of Science at UBC Vancouver.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

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Call for Applications: Sustainability Scholars Program (paid internships)

The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in funded sustainability internship projects. The USI is currently accepting applications for over 60 internships that will commence May 3, 2021.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

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Call for Papers: Un/Predictable Environments: Politics, Ecology and Agency (Digital Conference)

The conference aims to explore how we can predict and avoid socio-ecological harm and disasters. How do different social actors and groups frame the issue of ‘un/predictability’ in their narratives, solutions and practices, and how un/predictable are their intended outcomes?

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

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PhD Studentship in Climate Change Planning at UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

The School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia is offering a full-time opportunity for a PhD student in climate change planning, and specifically coastal flood adaptation planning and governance to support Living with Water, a $1M funded research project by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Early Bird Deadline: February 1, 2021

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Call for Papers: 2021 Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada ( is pleased to invite you to participate virtually in our 2021 Annual Conference as part of the 2021 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Deadline Extended: February 19, 2021

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Call for Applications: Post-Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2021-2022 at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada has launched its annual competition for the Post-Graduate Research Scholars Program for 2021-2022.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021

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Call for Applications: Esri Canada GIS Scholarship 2021

Call for applications now open for the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship 2021. The scholarship provides recipients with great networking opportunities, funding and access to extensive GIS resources including Esri software, books and training to develop their GIS skills and knowledge.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

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Call for Applications: The Geneva Challenge 2021

The Geneva Challenge 2021 is inviting Master students from all academic programmes and from anywhere in the world to provide helpful strategic recommendations. Five prizes, one per continent, will be distributed.

Registration Deadline: March 21, 2021 

Submission Deadline: July 21, 2021 

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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES' core faculty members.

Characterization of shortwave and longwave properties of several plastic film mulches and their impact on the surface energy balance and soil temperature
H Jones, TA Black, RS Jassal, Z Nesic, MS Johnson, S Smukler
Solar Energy, 214, 457-470

Advancing food sovereignty through farmer-driven digital agroecology
H Wittman, D James, Z Mehrabi
International Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 47(3), 235-248

Cumulative air pollution indicators highlight unique patterns of injustice in urban Canada
A Giang, K Castellani
Environmental Research Letters, 15(12), 124063

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