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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Role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics; Changes to professional norms; Practices and...
Medicine | Applied Science
School of Population and Public Health | School...
Sustainable transport; interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality, and health; effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability; links between the built...
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...

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Yassi, Annalee

School of 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

Zaman, Habiba

School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Immigrants, settlement and work in Canada; Global south and social justice movements; Gender and development; Globalization and labour mobility; Race, gender and class; South Asia. 

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

Science | Arts
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability | Psychology
What is psychology good for? How can psychology contribute to sustainability? To answer these questions, Dr. Zhao aims to use psychological principles to design behavioral solutions to address sustainability challenges. This approach offers insights on how cognitive mechanisms govern human behavior, and how behavioral interventions can inform the design and the implementation of public policy. Dr. Zhao is currently examining the cognitive causes and consequences of scarcity, what behavioral interventions improve the performance in low-income individuals, how to promote recycling and composting behavior, water and energy conservation, what cognitive, motivational, and sociocultural factors shape the perception of climate change, and how to engage the public on biodiversity conservation.

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.

Armstrong, Jeannette

Arts and Social Sciences
Community, Culture and Global Studies
Indigenous philosophies; Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics coded into Syilx literatures.

Harrison, Kathy

Political Science
Climate and environmental politics, Federalism and local politics, Political economy, Politics and Government in Canada, Politics and Government of the United States, Public policy

Otto, Sarah (Sally)

Evolution of genomic architectures, Ploidy levels, mating systems