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Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis

She/They

Canada Research Chair, Feminist Environmental Humanities; Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies & Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Astrida Neimanis is a cultural theorist working at the intersection of feminism and environmental change. Her research focuses on bodies, water, and weather, and how they can help us reimagine justice, care, responsibility and relation in the time of climate catastrophe. Her most recent book, Bodies...Read more

Daniel Steel

Daniel Steel

He/Him/His

Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health

Dr. Daniel Steel, Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Steel earned his PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and ...Read more

Emily Kennedy

Emily Kennedy

Associate Professor and Associate Head, Department of Sociology

My research program is inspired by my curiosity with human-environmental relationships. Within this general area, I use empirical evidence to explore two broad questions. First, what motivates civic engagement in efforts to protect the environment? Second, how do pro-environmental practices reflect ...Read more

Ethan Raker

Ethan J. Raker is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia working in the areas of social stratification, medical sociology, and environmental sociology. His scholarship brings together various sources of novel data to examine the relationship between climate change ...Read more

Jemima Baada

I am an interdisciplinary climate-migration scholar, and my research and teaching are at the intersections of gender, climate change, migration, health and development equity. My teaching focuses on how gendered structures, geopolitical and sociocultural relations, climate change and ongoing deve...Read more

Juanita Sundberg

I bring the insights of feminist political ecology and the sensibilities of an ethnographer to bear on nature conservation, border security, and militarization. My work seeks to foster conversations between feminist geopolitics, critical race theory, posthumanism, political ecology, and Latin Ame...Read more

Liv Yoon

Dr. Liv Yoon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at UBC. Her research is at the intersection of climate change, social inequities, and health, with a focus on community engagement and participatory methods. Her PhD training in social sciences and socio-cultural kinesiology informs...Read more

Pasang Sherpa

Tashi Delek! I am a Sharwa anthropologist from Pharak, southern part of Mt. Everest region in northeastern Nepal. My research, writing and pedagogy focus on climate change and Indigeneity among Himalayan communities, guided by the question: How do we live in the midst of dying? I am currentl...Read more

Renisa Mawani

Renisa Mawani

She/Her

Canada Research Chair, Colonial Legal Histories & Professor

Renisa Mawani has a PhD from the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She is Tier I Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, which is located on the occupied territori...Read more

Srinivas Murthy

Srinivas Murthy

He/Him

Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine

Dr. Srinivas Murthy is co-chair of the World Health Organization’s clinical research committee on COVID-19. He is an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia, as well as a critical care and infectious diseases physician at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vanco...Read more
Co-Director

Candis Callison

Candis Callison

Co-Director | On Leave

Currently on leave Canada Research Chair in Indigenous journalism, media, and public discourse Candis Callison is Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, and an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, and in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies....Read more

Jessica Dempsey

Jessica Dempsey

Interim Co-Director

Jessica Dempsey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs at the University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching focus on environmental politics. In geography this often goes under the label of political ecology, which refers to m...Read more

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Justice, and Associate Professor of Climate Justice at the University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching take place at the intersection of crisis and political transformation. She looks at the ways that large-scale shocks – from e...Read more
Core Faculty

Amanda Giang

Amanda Giang is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. Her research addresses challenges at the interface of environmental modelling and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, with a focus on air p...Read more

Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Geography department at the University of British Columbia. Avi is also a documentary filmmaker and educator, with more than 30 years of experience in journalism and storytelling from the front lines of social movements. In 2015, he was a co-author of The L...Read more

Geraldine Pratt

Geraldine Pratt is a professor at the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on transnational migration, labour precarity, and new geographies of dementia care. She recently completed a book (Migration in Performance: crossing the colonial present, 2019) ...Read more

Glen Coulthard

Glen Coulthard

Core Faculty

Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Departments of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: U...Read more

Hannah Wittman

Hannah Wittman

Professor, IRES and Land and Food Systems

Dr. Hannah Wittman’s research examines the ways that the rights to produce and consume food are contested and transformed through struggles for agrarian reform, food sovereignty, and agrarian citizenship. Her projects include community-based research on farmland access, transition to organic agric...Read more

Jarrett Martineau

A nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Dene Sųłiné producer, artist, scholar, and storyteller, Jarrett is a leading voice in Indigenous music and cultural production. Jarrett holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. He is the host, creator and producer of ...Read more

Jessica Dempsey

Jessica Dempsey

Interim Co-Director

Jessica Dempsey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs at the University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching focus on environmental politics. In geography this often goes under the label of political ecology, which refers to m...Read more

Jocelyn Stacey

Jocelyn Stacey

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Jocelyn Stacey is Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She researches environmental crises and the visible and invisible ways in which law creates, regulates and prevents these events. Her work focuses on envir...Read more

Leila Harris

Leila Harris

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Leila M. Harris is a professor at IRES Institute on Resources Environment and Sustainability and with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Harris’s work examines social, cultural, political-economic, institutional and equity dimens...Read more

Lorien Nesbitt

Lorien Nesbitt

Core Faculty

Lorien Nesbitt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. Drawing on a desire to help create liveable and equitable urban environments, her research and teaching focus on urban forestry and environmental justice, using a social-e...Read more

M. V. Ramana

 M.V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy i...Read more

Maggie Low

Maggie Low

Core Faculty

Maggie Low is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) program at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). Maggie is a community- engaged scholar who seeks to advance a better understanding of Indigenous sovereignty as it is expressed outside the Canadian courts. ...Read more

Mohammed Rafi Arefin

Mohammed Rafi Arefin

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Mohammed Rafi Arefin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Drawing on urban political ecology and environmental justice, science and technology studies, and discard studies, his research and teaching are focused on urban environmental politic...Read more

Tim Frandy

Tim Frandy

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Assistant Professor, Central, Eastern, and Northern European

Tim Frandy is a Sámi- and Finnish-American born and raised on Anishinaabe Aki in northernmost Wisconsin on the south shore of Gitchi-Gami, Lake Superior, amidst the region’s thousands of lakes and deep forests of pine, birch, maple, and balsam. Growing up in close relation with the woods and ...Read more

Vanessa Andreotti

My research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change.  My publications in this field include analyses of political economies of knowledge production, discussions of the ethics of...Read more
Executive Committee

Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Geography department at the University of British Columbia. Avi is also a documentary filmmaker and educator, with more than 30 years of experience in journalism and storytelling from the front lines of social movements. In 2015, he was a co-author of The L...Read more

Bernard Perley

Bernard C. Perley is Maliseet from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick and Director and Associate Professor at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts (studio arts) and Master of Architecture (architectural design) degrees f...Read more

Gastón Gordillo

Professor Gastón Gordillo was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (1990) and completed his PhD at the University of Toronto (1999). He is a Guggenheim Fellow, was a visiting scholar at Harvard and Yale, a visiting professor at Cornell, and a ...Read more

Jarrett Martineau

A nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and Dene Sųłiné producer, artist, scholar, and storyteller, Jarrett is a leading voice in Indigenous music and cultural production. Jarrett holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. He is the host, creator and producer of ...Read more

Jessica Dempsey

Jessica Dempsey

Interim Co-Director

Jessica Dempsey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs at the University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching focus on environmental politics. In geography this often goes under the label of political ecology, which refers to m...Read more

Jocelyn Stacey

Jocelyn Stacey

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Jocelyn Stacey is Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She researches environmental crises and the visible and invisible ways in which law creates, regulates and prevents these events. Her work focuses on envir...Read more

Kavita Philip

Kavita Philip

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Kavita Philip is the President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures at UBC, Professor of English, and Associated Faculty in Geography and STS. She has written about nineteenth-century environmental knowledge in British India, information technology in post-colonial India, and the intersections...Read more

Leila Harris

Leila Harris

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Leila M. Harris is a professor at IRES Institute on Resources Environment and Sustainability and with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Harris’s work examines social, cultural, political-economic, institutional and equity dimens...Read more

Mohammed Rafi Arefin

Mohammed Rafi Arefin

Executive Committee | Core Faculty

Mohammed Rafi Arefin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Drawing on urban political ecology and environmental justice, science and technology studies, and discard studies, his research and teaching are focused on urban environmental politic...Read more

Onyx Sloan Morgan

Onyx’s research is most often conducted in partnership with and at the direction of communities who experience disproportionate impacts of climate injustices. As a white settler of Irish and Scottish ancestries who grew up on unceded Lekwungen territories, Onyx’s research interrogates how persis...Read more