With over 400 faculty investigating sustainability-related topics at UBC, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve curated a list of researchers with expertise across a wide range of disciplines.

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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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Shelton, Anthony

Art History, Visual Art and Theory
Visual culture, critical museology, history of collecting, Mexican cultural history. 

Sheppard, Stephen

Forest Resources Management
Climate change planning, outreach, and community engagement; visioning methods and visualization of climate change causes, impacts, and mitigation/adaptation; low-carbon future scenarios visualized in the CIRS’ BC Hydro Decision Theatre; community energy planning, renewables, and energy literacy; public perceptions, aesthetics and sustainability; social aspects of forestry.

Shoveller, Jean

Population and Public Health
The social contexts of youth health inequities, The impact of gender, culture and/or place on youth health, Intervention research to promote health equity

Silver, David

Sauder School of Business
Population and Public Health
ethical duties of businesses with respect to current events; the political interests and rights of corporations; responsibility of the financial industry for the Global Financial Crisis; ethics of pharmaceutical pricing; business ethics

Simard, Suzanne

Forest and Conservation Sciences
Forest ecology; Global change; Forest stand dynamics (regeneration, growth, mortality); Forest disturbances; Complex adaptive systems and ecological resilience

Smith, Kevin

Applied Science
design and development of improved catalysts and catalytic processes; issues related to Canadian energy; investigation of hydrogen production by catalytic methane decomposition, synthesis gas conversion to alcohols and hydrocarbons, residue and bio-oil hydroconversion (upgrading) as well as hydrogen storage using heteroaromatic liquids.

Smukler, Sean

Land and Food Systems
Applied Biology
agriculture, environment, sustainable development, ecosystem services

Sowlati, Taraneh

Wood Science
Life cycle assessment; Integrated and sustainable forest biomass supply chain

Sparks, Robert

encompass models of leadership, sustainability, processes of social communication in advertising and the mass media, sport event impacts and legacies, sociology and philosophy of sport, and the political economy of tobacco and alcohol control; planning sustainable legacies for major sport events.

Spiegel, Jerry

Population and Public Health
Global health, International health, environmental health, Effects of globalization on health, ecosystem approaches to human health, understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health, global health and human security, the economic evaluation of interventions, and health and equity in Latin America

Srivastava, Diane

biodiversity, tropics, Costa Rica, insects, mites, food webs, habitat loss, Community ecology, conservation, how species loss from food webs can affect the way ecosystems function

Stacey, Jocelyn

Environmental Law

Stainton, Tim

Social Work
service and supports for people with intellectual disabilities; disability rights; community living; self-determination

Staub-French, Sheryl

Applied Science
Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaboration and integrated project delivery, design and construction coordination, 4D (3D + time) visualization, interactive workspaces

Stecklov, Guy

the impact of development and climate change on age-specific migration patterns in sub-Saharan Africa; the relationship between inequality and an array of social and demographic outcomes

Stevens, Mark

Applied Science
Community and Regional Planning
land use planning efforts, sustainable development; plan-making and implementation, growth management, natural hazard mitigation; municipal climate change planning in BC; environmental policy adoption

Stewart, Janice

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
teaching and learning benefits of socially networked, online Community Mapping tools and the unique potential of locative media for social justice initiatives on the UBC campus

Stull, Roland

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
atmospheric sciences, green energy, wind power, hydro power, weather disasters, natural disasters, storms, forest-fire weather, avalanche weather, wind storms, geophysical disasters

Sumaila, Rashid

Science | Arts
Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries | Public Policy and Global Affairs
Bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries

Sundberg, Juanita

feminist political ecology; nature conservation, border security, and militarization; environmental dimensions of United States’ border security policies in the United States-Mexico borderlands, with a specific focus on protected areas like national wildlife refuges.