To all doctoral students and Post Docs, 

The newly established “Economic Change, Politics, and Society Network” at the Liu Institute will hold its first meeting 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Boardroom, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 3rd floor, 6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC 

All doctoral students and Post Docs doing research on or being interested in processes of economic and societal change (globalization, (de-)industrialization, technological innovation, migration) and/or governments, businesses and other societal actors’ (NGOs, trade unions) responses to them are welcome to attend this meeting. The meeting serves both to get to know each other, the network and the kind of research that is done by its members and to brainstorm future events and activities. The network is open to all doctoral students and Post Docs at UBC, no matter their disciplinary background, regional focus or whether they are affiliated with the Liu Institute or not. Currently, it includes PhD students and Post Docs from Geography, Mining Engineering, Forest Resources Management, Political Science and Anthropology. Pizza will be provided starting at 11:45 am. 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed about future activities, please send an email to 

Best, Alex


Alexander Held

PhD Candidate

Department of Political Science

University of British Columbia

April 12 2018 IRES Student Symposium Schedule + Talk Details


Hi IRES Sister Faculties and Departments  

The IRES Student Symposium Schedule and talk details are out. See post below for details.

You can also view the poster here:

Please circulate these details within your unite. Thank you !


IRES Student Symposium

Thursday, April 12th 2018

Time: 1pm to 4:45pm

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

Food and Drinks: 4:45pm and onwards in the AERL lobby. Dinner with cash bar. 

Organized by the RES Student Society and RES students. 


RSVP at:  Deadline to RSVP is April 9.

IRES Student Symposium Posters

  The schedule is as follows: 

1pm Jackie Lerner

1:25pm Arielle Swett

1:50pm Sarah Harper

2:15pm Teddy Eyster


3pm Steve Williams

3:25pm Ada Smith

3:50pm Krista English

4:15pm Rae Cramer

4:45pm and onwards: Dinner and Cash Bar


Here are the 8 speakers presenting at the symposium with their presentation titles, summary, and biography.

1. If you build it, will they come? — Anticipating future development in Cumulative Effects Assessment 

Consideration of “reasonably foreseeable future projects” is a longstanding challenge in cumulative effects assessments. Details about future projects are often scant or non-existent, with this limitation used to justify excluding most future projects from cumulative effects assessments, though not from economic benefit evaluations. In this presentation, I argue that it is possible to better align our accounting of environmental consequences with our expectation of economic gains. To this end, I use historical development patterns to develop a statistical model of probable future development scenarios. These probability estimates can be used in lieu of current practice (of essentially ignoring future projects) to inform cumulative effects assessments, especially of project types known to have a high potential to attract further development. As a case study, I develop a probabilistic model for BC using the past 150 years of historical project development data.

Jackie Lerner (PhD Candidate):

Bio: Jackie Lerner is a PhD Candidate at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. She has worked in environmental consulting for over twenty years and been involved in the preparation of environmental and social impact assessments for several major Canadian resource development projects.


2. Projecting the impacts of montane meadow restoration through groundwater modeling

Mountain meadows provide important ecosystem services and wildlife habitats across the Sierra Nevada in California.  From a hydrologic perspective, meadows can act to increase baseflow, mitigate spring flooding, and sustain niche ecosystems.  Despite these benefits, meadow systems have been severely degraded since western settlement through livestock, timber extraction, and infrastructure development. With a changing climate and limited management budgets, hydrologic modeling can offer insights into impacts from management actions.  Van Norden meadow is a large meadow near Lake Tahoe in Northern California at the top of the Upper Yuba River.  It provides a case study to better understand how restoration actions (dam removal and channel filling), and climatic shifts may affect meadow hydrology.

Teddy Eyster (MSc student):

Bio: Teddy is an MSc student studying under Mark Johnson in the Ecohydro Lab.  He is interested in water as a link between human and natural systems and works on a wide range of projects from developing open-source DIY water monitoring technology to modeling mountain meadow restoration. Teddy received his BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and has worked as an environmental consultant and researcher engaged in site assessments, contaminant mapping, groundwater monitoring, and fieldwork in ecology and hydrology. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running, playing banjo, woodworking, and throwing the atlatl. 


3.  Using Network Science to Understand the Knowledge Translation Pathways that Support Evidence Informed Decision Making in Learning Health Systems.

Evidence-informed public policy has demonstrated positive outcomes for populations. Within the health sector, evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) suggests that knowledge generated from scientific research will support better policy, and knowledge translation (KT) is intended to facilitate this process. This interdisciplinary strategy uses network science concepts from epidemiology, in two applications, to understand the KT pathways as contagion phenomena in environments that use evidence to inform health policy.

At the macro- level, bibliometric analyses are used to understand the global trends in international collaboration with in health policy and systems research (HPSR). At the micro-level, a survey was conducted in a public health agency with an embedded policy support research mandate. The survey captured the informal interpersonal networks among employees and these results were used to demonstrate the complex pathways along which research knowledge flows within the organization.

Krista English (PhD Candidate):

Bio: I am a PhD Candidate with an interest in topics at the intersection of complex systems, health systems and decision-making, and their general relationship with organizational complexity and public health policy design.

I am currently a Senior Research Scientist and Co-investigator on a 5-year CIHR operating grant in IRES. Prior to this, I have worked in population and public health research and management for more than a decade, at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, most recently as the Associate Director of the Division of Mathematical Modeling. I concurrently served a 4-year term as Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Complexity Science for Health Systems. 


4. Public Perceptions of Farming Systems and Associated Practices

Designing agricultural systems that balance food production with environmental sustainability will be pivotal in supporting a growing population while living within planetary boundaries. While there are many different aspects of the global food system from which significant change can be made, the consumer role is one dimension that warrants examination, and is the aim of this research. Understanding the relationship between consumer attitudes and actions relating to food is one piece of the greater puzzle of actualizing the shift towards a sustainable food system. Forming a complete understanding of how consumers influence the food system is an important step toward achieving change. This study thus seeks to explore the intuitive logics that people use to judge different food systems, their associated agricultural practices, and other variables that go into the decision-making process with agrifood products.

Rae Cramer (MA Student):

Bio: Rae is an MA student working under the supervision of Dr. Terre Satterfield and Dr. Jiaying Zhao. Her research is focused on how perceptions of foods and farming systems affects consumer decision making. Rae completed her BA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Environmental Science and Anthropology. After graduating, different avenues of work led her to an increasing interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems.


5. Toward Decolonizing Food Literacy: Co-Creating a Curriculum at Lach Klan School with Gitxaala Nation

Food is and has always been more than a source of physical nourishment for Gitxaala Nation; it is a way of life, a source of pride and integral to community wellness. This research explores how the Gitxaala community garden and the Summer Reading Program at Lach Klan School can be leveraged to provide a platform for learning – ‘food literacy’ – as a pathway toward achieving the broader goals of food security and food sovereignty. By enhancing the engagement of students in Gitxaala with their food system through hands-on learning activities that integrate Indigenous language and knowledge, this research suggests that food literacy activities have the potential to contribute to the goals of food sovereignty in Gitxaala by better equipping students to define, demand and make decisions that shape what their food system looks like now and into the future.

Ada Smith (MA Student):

Bio: Ada grew up on a small farmstead in rural Wisconsin where her family’s vegetable patch was surrounded by endless rows of corn and soybeans, sparking her interest in questions around food security, food sovereignty and food literacy. She completed her BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Wellesley College where her honors thesis focused on food security and environmental justice on the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Her current research as an MA Candidate at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC expands upon her academic interests and real-world experiences in seeking to understand what key components or mechanisms are needed to successfully “operationalize” food sovereignty for remote First Nations communities in BC. 


6. Understanding Carsharing Patterns for Effective TDM Policymaking: A Study of Municipalities in Metro Vancouver

Carsharing (CS) is a method of individual transportation more sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective than personal automobile ownership. Cities worldwide are exploring policies intended to encourage CS access and utilization with the goal of improving urban planning and human health through transportation sustainability. There is a need to understand and explain CS usage patterns to improve existing municipal policies.  This thesis surveys municipal policies for promotion of CS around Metro Vancouver.  A broadly held perception has emphasized the importance of CS vehicle visibility as critical to recruitment of members and utilization of vehicles. This belief is tested against visibility metrics and found to neither explain recruitment patterns nor utilization rates.  Additional data is gathered to partially explain observed patterns of CS membership recruitment patterns and vehicle utilization and their adoption as part of the menu of municipal policymaking for transportation demand management.

Arielle Swett (MA Student):


Bio: Arielle Swett is a Master’s student in IRES with a background in public policy and international affairs. Within the policy realm, her expertise lies in federal and state energy policies, renewable portfolio standards, utility environmental compliance plans, and conventional electricity supply auctions throughout ISOs in the Northeastern and Midwest United States. At IRES she works with Drs. Hadi Dowlatabadi and Jiaying Zhao as part of a carsharing research team investigating various aspects of carsharing behaviours and policies in the Metro Vancouver region. 


7. The role of Indigenous women in transforming fisheries governance

While the agency of individuals has been identified as a key factor in triggering governance transformations in social-ecological systems, little research has explored how the social position of the actors involved influence these transformation processes. My thesis contributes to an expanded understanding of these processes based on work that examines how Indigenous women positioned themselves and responded during a recent fishery crisis and conflict which led to changes in the management of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Through qualitative inquiry, I identified actions taken by Heiltsuk women that unified their community, created intergenerational solidarity and movement towards transforming fisheries governance. The findings of this study underscore the importance of Indigenous women as agents of change in their communities and that their leadership roles must be recognized and supported to navigate towards natural resource sustainability and social justice, globally, as well as reconciliation, nationally.

Sarah Harper (PhD Candidate) : 

Bio: At the intersection of gender, fisheries, and economics, Sarah’s thesis work investigates the contributions by women to fisheries economies around the world. Her research is interdisciplinary and involves using both quantitative and qualitative approaches to identify women in the fisheries sector, their role and participation in fishing and related activities, including governance, at the local, national, and global level. Her project aims to raise the profile of women in fisheries by providing empirical evidence of the substantial contributions women make to fisheries economies in terms of labour and catch with implications for food and livelihood security and sustainability. A secondary goal of this research is to provide information necessary for developing fisheries policies that are more equitable and gender-sensitive. 

8. The Splash and the Ripples: The Societal Impact of Social Innovation Labs

With a polarized narrative around resource development, an intense urban/rural political divide, multiple concurrent public conflicts on energy infrastructure development and new First Nations title claims decisions, Canada is facing huge challenges in sustainably developing it’s energy resources. In the midst of these challenges, the Alberta Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is a public engagement process designed to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future. The process is a hybrid stakeholder-citizen engagement including a diverse group of 60 participants from across the energy system along with broader public engagement initiatives. My research explores the question of how to assess the impact of participatory processes such as labs by developing a societal effects evaluation framework. In this talk, I will present my evaluation framework, discuss my research approach and present preliminary findings for discussion.

Steve Williams (PhD Candidate) :

Bio: Steve has extensive professional experience in evaluation, impact measurement, and data visualization for sustainability and social change projects. He combines his experience with information design to design and facilitate public events and collaborative professional development trainings, using data to engage the public and stakeholders in sustainability dialogue, and integrating art and theatre into public engagement. Steve is currently a PhD candidate at UBC and holds a BA in Political Science from Western University, an MBA in Management of Technology from SFU and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from University of Waterloo.

 Carlina Kim

Administrative Assistant for Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

B.Sc Environmental Sciences

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL Building)

Room 428-2202 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z4





Invitation to Celebrating UBC Emeriti Research Seminar – Thursday April 12 from 1:30-2:20pm



Thursday, April 12, from 12.30 to 3:45pm
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
6331 Crescent Road, Conference Room 307

Paul Burns, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
“Augustine and his audiences”

Iain Taylor, Agroecology and Botany
“Scientist tries Science Department History. At least we should know where we came from”
2:30-3:20 Ann Cameron, Psychology
“East/West Comparisons of the Moral Judgments of Children and Youth regarding Verbal Deception: When is it best to lie?”

Join us for another fantastic session!
Coffee, tea and cookies provided.

More info at:
Sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and UBC Association of Professors Emeriti

Thesis Defense – PhD – FOOD Science


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces 

The Oral Examination for the Degree of 


(Food Science)


“Major Chlorogenic Acid Isomers Present in Coffee are Modulators of Redox Biology and Inflammation in Caco-2 Cells” 

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:30 pm

Room 200, Graduate Student Centre

Latecomers will not be admitted 



Dr. Y. N. Kenny Kwok (Neuroscience)

Supervisory Committee:

Dr. David D. Kitts (Food Science)

Dr. Siyun Wang (Food Science)

University Examiners

Dr. Castellarin Simone (Plant Science)

Dr. Yvonne Lamers (Human Nutrition)

Everyone is welcome

Hiring: Sales Manager (Agricultural Products Technician) Full Time Position – CSFS at UBC Farm


We have just posted a full time Sales Manager position (a.k.a. Agricultural Products Technician) with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm for the 2018  season. The application deadline is April 15th, 2018. Please help me forward this to your networks. Details of their duties and the application instructions are available through the UBC careers page. 

Our ideal candidate is very detailed oriented, has a strong background in providing excellent customer service and is experienced in handling large sets of data. This may also be a good opportunity for someone who previously worked in the conventional food industry to become engaged with the larger, global and local sustainable ag community in exploring what alternative food systems could be. 

Individuals from all disciplines and backgrounds are sought, in particular indigenous members of our community and those with familiarity speaking to the public about food sovereignty and accessibility. 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word! We are excited for the 2018 growing season!


P.S. Want to work with us but you are a university student? Check out our for-credit internship program instead. We are recruiting our 2018 summer cohort on a rolling basis for over 15 positions. 

Chiyi Tam
Administration and Site Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded Ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory

Farm Street Address: 3461 Ross Drive | Vancouver BC 
Mailing Address: 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
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