IRES News: February 28th, 2022

IRES News & Events

March 3rd: IRES Student Seminar with Celeste and Atlanta

Join two IRES student seminars about "Decarbonizing Canada’s Remote and Off-Grid Communities: Assessing the feasibility of Implementing Energy Storage Technologies to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependency" and "From Food ‘Waste’ to Food ‘Cycle’: biocultural heritage and the sharing of oral histories for secure and sovereign communities."

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

 Zoom Registration Here!

BC Flooding - UBC Research Response Network

The Centre for Climate Justice is looking for volunteer researchers who are willing and able to support communities by carrying out quick response research projects that answer community needs and questions. Any member of the UBC community can volunteer. Faculty volunteers can indicate interest in conducting research or providing guidance and expertise to other researchers. Instructors of Term 2 courses may want to think creatively about whether a flood response research project might fit within their course.

Please complete the short survey by clicking the button below to indicate your interest in contributing research support.

Complete Survey Here!

Land Systems Report

Ten Facts about Land Systems for Sustainability is a call to action for policymakers seeking sustainable and equitable solutions to urgent global challenges. Dr. Navin Ramankutty is among 50 co-authors from 20 countries.

Facts 1-3 (click link below for all 10 facts!):

#1: Meanings and values of land are socially constructed and contested.

#2: Land systems exhibit complex behaviors with abrupt, hard-to-predict changes.

#3: Irreversible changes and path dependence are common features of land systems.

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Human Rights Depend on a Non-Toxic Environment

We must stop the ongoing toxification of planet Earth. UN Special Rapporteur Dr. David Boyd is set to present his report (, 6th in a series shown above) on the right to a nontoxic environment to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10th.


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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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Share on the CPCIL Leadership Blog

Park Leadership Alumni, Youth Knowledge Gatherers, and other registered users of are encouraged to post relevant, useful, and public content to expand the parks and protected areas narrative.




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ESRI Canada Scholarship: Can You Make a Map

Each ESRI Scholarship applicant should provide no more than three or four pages, two pages of text and one or two pages of graphics (maps, tables,  gures, models, diagrams), outlining why they should receive the award. The text pages should describe the applicants’ background in one paragraph and then detail their use of GIS, including when it was done and for whom. The graphics page(s) should include an exported image of the graphics that they have produced that illustrates the outcome of their analysis. Applications will be reviewed according to the clarity of the presentation, the level of GIS innovation, and the quality of the graphic presentation.

Registration Deadline: March 7, 2022

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UBC Community Engagement: Graduate Academic Assistant

Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA) will assist the UBC Community Engagement (CE) Advisor and CUES Program Manager in the evaluation and analysis of current CE funding programs offered by the UBC CE Office. This work is to support efforts by the UBC CE Office to assess the reach and impact of its CE funding programs between 2017-2021

Application Deadline: March 11, 2022


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WEST Water Conference 2022: Call for Abstracts

The 2022 WEST Conference is being co-hosted by students at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. WEST is predicated on the understanding that addressing our future water challenges will necessitate interdisciplinary collaborations. We hope to unite water researchers across disciplines, cultures and geography to learn the valuable contributions we each must make, and how we must collaborate to address our future water challenges. Diversity of academic and cultural experiences is the strength of WEST, and we are very excited to welcome you all for three days of sharing and learning in June 2022.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022


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CPCIL: Parks, Representation & Black History Primer

Beginning in Fall, 2021, CPCIL is piloting three Leadership Primers to support the parks and protected areas community. Explore crucial topics affecting parks and protected areas in Canada through self-directed activities, case studies and readings/videos, and dialogue with other participants.

Explore diversity, equity and inclusion in Canadian parks by focusing on Black people as they are the least likely to visit nature places, including national and provincial parks. The goal is to explore ways of making parks more welcoming for Black Canadians, and by extension other people of colour.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2022

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GPODS Fellowship Program Summer Cohort 2022

GPODS Fellowship is a program for public policy practitioners, business professionals, energy and climate change experts, entrepreneurs, academicians, scholars, and strategic analysts to act as a launchpad for their careers. It has also served as a platform for those looking to transition their career into the fields of public policy, diplomacy, and sustainability.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

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BC Indigenous Student Award

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has established an award program for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education in BC. They are available to students who identify as Indigenous, defined as First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis or Inuit. All are renewable in order to provide sustained funding over multiple years. Renewable awards of $5,000 per year are available.

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022


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Chilcotin Holidays Wilderness & Nature Internship Opportunities

For more than 30 years, we have been providing students from all over the world the opportunity to experience a unique internship with us, where they go through a process of personal transformation, pursuing their interests, goals and purpose for their studies and personal life. Students get to acquire hands-on experience with work-based learning placements available in different fields.

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled

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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Olimpi, E. M., Garcia, K., Gonthier, D. J., Kremen, C., Snyder, W. E., Wilson-Rankin, E. E., & Karp, D. S. (2022). Semi-natural habitat surrounding farms promotes multifunctionality in avian ecosystem services. Journal of Applied Ecology.

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