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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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Woollard, Bob

Family Practice
Complex adaptive systems; ecosystem approaches to health; social accountability

Wright, Handel

Educational Studies
Transcultural Studies, Educational Approaches; (post)multiculturalism and multicultural education, Cultural Studies, Youth Studies, Critical Race Theory, identity, citizenship and belonging, Africana studies, postcolonialism and decolonization

Wyly, Elvin

relations between market processes and state policy in producing and reinforcing urban social inequalities; class, racial, and gender discrimination in housing finance; housing subsidies; segregation, displacement, and gentrification; ; housing affordability; self-determination

Yada, Rickey

Land and Food Systems
the structure-function relationships of food and non-food related enzymes using molecular biology and various physico-chemical techniques

Yadav, Vikramaditya

Applied Science
Biocatalysis, Bioremediation, Bioprocess engineering, Green chemistry, sustainable manufacturing technologies for the production of cleaner fuels and more efficacious pharmaceuticals.

Yan, Miu

Social Work
Issues related to settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, labour market experience of new generation youth from racial minority immigrant families, and community building roles and functions of neighbourhood-level place-based multiservice organizations

Yassi, Annalee

Population and Public Health
international health, global health, community-based research, capacity building

Yeung, Ira

Sauder School of Business
Corporate Social Responsibility

Yodanis, Carrie

gender and inequality from a cross-national perspective; division of housework; violence against women; occupational and class segregation

Young, Margot

social welfare law, international rights protection, women’s rights, poverty and the law, Equality law and theory, Social and Economic Rights

Zanotti, Cristina

Applied Science
Infrastructure repair and durability, sustainable construction materials, alternative cementitious materials, durability of concrete structures, historical heritage structures, concrete-concrete bond, numerical analysis of reinforced concrete structures, early-age thermal cracking, fiber reinforced concrete.

Zeigler, Barbara

Art History, Visual Art and Theory
Environmental Politics, Animal Studies, BC Salmon Populations

Zerriffi, Hisham

Forest Resources Management
the intersection of technology, energy and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world; institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants and patterns of household energy choice and welfare implications of rural energy use

Zhao, Jiaying

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability | Psychology
Psychology - Biological Aspects, Environment and Society, Socio-Economic Conditions; Cognitive Science, Poverty, sustainability, Behavior Change, Public Policy

Ziels, Ryan

Applied Science
resource recovery via biological waste treatment processes for the benefit of human and environmental health; advance the knowledge of microbial ecology within these engineered processes, leading to improved performance in the recovery of water, nutrients, bioenergy, and other resources; anaerobic treatment technologies for the recovery of biomethane; microbial biotechnologies for nutrient removal

Zimmerman, Naomi

Applied Science
development and application of real-world-based tools to quickly and quantitatively assess the impact of our policy and technology decisions on air pollution and climate outcomes, and to use the knowledge gained to support better environmental policy planning; climate change; air pollution; Understanding the impact of renewable energy technology in developing countries (e.g. solar microgrids) on combined air, climate and socioeconomic outcomes

Zumbo, Bruno

Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Philosophy of Science, Psychometrics, Quality of Life and Well Being, Research Design, Statistical Science, Theoretical and Applied Measurement, Health and Human Development.