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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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Van Waerbeke, Ludovic

Physics and Astronomy
Cosmology, dark matter, dark energy, early universe, inflation, structure formation.

van Zyl, Dirk

Applied Science
The contributions that mining makes to sustainable development, life cycle systems, mine earth structures (tailings, heap leach, and rock disposal facilities)

VanWynsberghe, Rob

Educational Studies
Citizenship and democracy, Social justice, Sustainability; Environmental Education

Varcoe, Colleen

Applied Science
How the inequities of ethnicity, class, place and ability are central to violence against women, enhancing practice and policy in the context of violence and inequity

Veenstra, Gerry

Social Determinants of Health, racial health inequalities, social class and health, intersectionality and health

Veiga, Marcello

Applied Science
effects of metals in the environment; pollution caused by mining; social effects of mining on communities; mercury pollution on fish, Biogeochemical cycle of heavy metals in the environment, Bioaccumulation and adverse health effects of metals in the environment, specially mercury, Artisanal and small-scale gold mining, Mercury pollution from gold mining and hydroelectric reservoirs, Acid Rock DrainageProcess mineralogy applied to mining and mineral processing, Sustainable development in mining, Mining communities and social issues related to mining, Mine closure and reclamation planning

Vercammen, Jim

Land and Food Systems | Sauder School of Business
Food, Nutrition and Health
agri-food markets, agri-environmental contracts, agri-risk and insurance, commodity futures markets, carbon markets

Vertinsky, Ilan

Sauder School of Business
Strategy and Business Economics Division and Operations and Logistics Division
natural resource economics, forest policy

Vertinsky, Patricia

social and cultural history of the body, gender relations, social history of women and health, health education, promotion and policy, Social and cultural history of sport and physical activity, gender, race, aging and disability, modern olympics

Villagomez, Erick

Applied Science
Community and Regional Planning
human settlements at all scales; Metro Vancouver’s public realm and urban landscape; urban development; ‘green’ urban design processes, plans, codes, standards, guidelines and prototypes.

Vincent, Amanda

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
pressing ocean concerns; conservation action to improve the status of marine species and habitats; biological and social research, empowering local communities, establishing marine protected areas, managing small-scale fisheries, restructuring international trade, promoting integrated policy, and advancing environmental understanding

von Bergmann, HsingChi

Oral Health Sciences
Ethics and Health

Wagner, John

Arts and Sciences
Community, Culture, and Global Studies
environmental anthropology; political ecology; water, water governance, the social life of rivers; local ecological knowledge; agriculture and food security

Walter, Pierre

Educational Studies
environmental education, literacy, gender and development, Sustainability

Wang, Guangyu

Forest Resources Management
business management, climate change, conservation, forest management, forest policy, land-use change

Wang, Tongli

Forest and Conservation Sciences
developing climate models; modeling climatic niches of forest ecosystems and tree species, and projecting their shift under a changing climate; building climate response functions for tree populations; developing climate-based seed transfer systems based on genecology and genomics

Warburton, Darren

Health and Integrative Physiology. Sport cardiology and clinical exercise rehabilitation.

Warren, Mark

Political Science
democratic theory; new forms of citizen participation; new forms of democratic representation; the relationship between civil society and democratic governance; corruption of democratic relationships

Waterman, Stephanie

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
ocean dynamics; scale interactions; inter-relationships between various components of the oceanic circulation at different time and length scales; implications of these interactions for the large-scale circulation and the ocean's role in the climate system. GEOTRACES group

Weary, Daniel

Land and Food Systems
Applied Biology
Animal welfare; dairy cow welfare issues