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Applied Science | Science
Institute for Resources, Environment and...
Atmospheric Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Chemical Pollutants; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Public Policies
Land and Food Systems | Science
Food, Nutrition and Health | Institute for...
Social Movements, Environment and Society, Dynamics of Social Transformations; food sovereignty, Sustainable agriculture, socio-ecological systems, agro-ecology
Applied Science
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
green building design, construction and operation, including the integrated technical and economic modelling of building- and community-integrated low-carbon energy systems; finding new ways to...

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Nasiopoulos, Panos

Applied Science
The People & Planet Friendly Home is a large-scale, multidisciplinary research endeavour spearheaded by ICICS that seeks to develop a unique sustainable housing solution that is both environmentally friendly and improves the quality of life for the occupants of these spaces. Interrelated foundational research in communications, energy management, health and wellness, and home operations is being carried out by 37graduate students and 22 UBC faculty members from 4 different faculties. Phase II will address research in additional areas, including weather-specific water/energy harvesting roofing and cladding; electric-car wireless charging/home energy storage; landscaping; waste management (including air/sewage heat recovery systems; accessibility; interchangeable window systems; interior natural lighting systems; integrated sensors for structural, seismic, moisture, temperature monitoring; etc. http://ppfhinitiative.com/index.html

Nason, Dory

First Nations Studies Program
Contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature

Nathan, Lisa

Library, Archival and Information Studies
sustainability; New Technology and Social Impacts; Indigenous Information Initiatives; value sensitive design; Generative Justice

Nelson, Harry

Forest Resources Management
analyzing natural and environmental resource policy with an emphasis on forestry; developing new policy options that can help enhance the long run sustainability of Canadian forests and the communities and businesses that rely upon them; Ecosystem Services could provide as an alternative business model for indigenous groups managing forest lands in BC; impacts of climate change on how we manage our forests and exploring adaptation options.

Nesbit, Susan

Applied Science
Engineering education for sustainable development; Engineering education as a socio-curricular system;

Ng, Dave

Michael Smith Laboratories
societal, cultural, corporate, political, economic, and ethical nuances of the general sciences, and life sciences in particular.

Noack, Frederik

Land and Food Systems
Food, Nutrition and Health
interaction of economic development and the environment; how improved market access and property rights affect rural welfare and natural resources such as forests, fish stocks and biodiversity

Nojeh, Alireza

Applied Science
nanodevices; carbon nanotubes; nanofabrication; interaction of light with nanoscale structures; electron emission phenomena; vacuum nanoelectronics and electron microscopy

Norton, Bonny

Language and Literacy Education
Identity, Imagined Communities, and Language Learning; Literacy and International Development; English as an International Language; Critical Literacy and Popular Culture; Critical Language Assessment; Qualitative Research

O'Connor, Mary

climate change, ecology, environment

Oberg, Gunilla

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Use of knowledge in environmental decision making, Chlorine biogeochemistry in soil

Ordonez, Martin

Applied Science
Energy systems, renewable energy, wind power, solar power, battery systems, fuel cells, electric vehicles, smart grid.

Orians, Kristin

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Chemical Oceanography: Trace metals in seawater; GEOTRACES group

Otto, Sally

evolutionary theory; biodiversity

Pakhomov, Evgeny

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
biological oceanographry; species ecology; ecosystem structure; variability and responses of marine ecosystems to climate change using stable isotopes, large-scale and retrospective analyses; land-sea interface

Parfrey, Laura

Microbial ecology, microbial diversity, microbiome, protists

Paterson, Robert

Cultural Property issues, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Property Law in Canada, Cultural Property and International Trade and Investment Law

Patrick, David

Population and Public Health
Emerging infectious diseases. Institution and evaluation of programs to control antimicrobial misuse and curb antibiotic resistance. Linking clinical, epidemiological and genomic sciences to explore etiology of idiopathic chronic diseases

Pauly, Daniel

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
World fisheries, marine life, global catch, Management of fisheries, ecosystem modeling

Peck, Jamie

Urban and regional political economy, restructuring, economic regulation and transformation, policy