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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Forestry (Vancouver)
Forest and Conservation Sciences
Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre; cofounder of Treenomix (a foundation of genomics knowledge; promotes forest health and sustainable forest stewardship for future generations)
Arts (Vancouver)
Colonial Legal History; Critical Theory; Race and Racism; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; Focused on global food production, climate change, and forms of war, this project draws from anticolonial...
Forestry (Vancouver)
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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Brumer, Harry

Science (Vancouver)
Michael Smith Laboratories
Fundamental and applied carbohydrate enzymology; understand the way in which particular enzymes act to alter the structure of polysaccharides found in biomass (especially plant cell walls and wood fibers); molecular details of polysaccharide synthesis and deconstruction in recycling of biomass in the global carbon cycle; improved use of renewable biomass resources in the forest products, agricultural, and textile industries.

Bryson, Mary

Education (Vancouver)
Language and Literacy Education
Communication, gender, sexuality, culture, informatics, media, health informatics, technology, and women's issues

Buchanan, Marla

Education (Vancouver)
Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Counsellor Stress, Narrative Inquiry, School Counselling, Traumatic Stress

Bulkan, Janette

Forestry (Vancouver)
Forest Resources Management
Community Forestry; Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD); illegal logging; forest certification systems; social and cultural indicators of sustainable forest management

Bull, Gary

Forestry (Vancouver)
Forest Resources Management
Economics of ecosystem services; Modelling the impacts of biotechnology; Sustainability in fibre supply chains

Bungay, Victoria

Applied Science (Vancouver)
School of Nursing
Health inequities affecting men and women working in the commercial sex industry and people who are street-involved

Burgess, Mike

Medicine (Vancouver)
School of Population and Public Health
Ethical and social dimensions of genetic testing, knowledge, commercialization; democratizing the governance of genomics; impacts on biotechnology (health, agriculture and environment);

Burton, Cole

Forestry (Vancouver)
Forest Resources Management
Understanding mammal community dynamics in human-impacted ecosystems; Assessing conservation strategies for human-wildlife coexistence; Carnivore ecology and conservation

Bushe, Kendal

Applied Science (Vancouver)
Mechanical Engineering
Clean Energy; ignition and combustion of methane and natural gas in engines.

Bustin, Marc

Science (Vancouver)
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Reservoir characterisation of unconventional petroleum resources, gas shales and oil producing shales, coalbed methane

Byers, Michael

Arts (Vancouver)
Political Science
Human rights, civil liberties, arms control, nuclear, treaties, environment, climate change, Global politics, international law

Callison, Candis

Arts (Vancouver)
School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
The 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 standards for Canadian Arctic journalists working in an era of environmental change and global audiences

Carenini, Giuseppe

Science (Vancouver)
Computer Science
Developing (group) decision support systems (DSS) that can help community planners identify solutions which balance environmental, economic and social goals. These systems are designed to be scalable, adaptable and flexible to allow fair assessment of new ideas and technologies. Our DSSs facilitate the exploration of alternative solutions by visualizing the effect of various trade-offs and their consequences in relation to sustainability goals and preferences of the different decision stakeholders.

Carlaw, Kenneth

Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Okanagan)
Economics, Philosophy and Political Science
Evolutionary economics applied to historical technological change and sustainable long term economic growth; application in policy analysis of economic growth, development and sustainability as well in the development of measurement methodology; analysis of issues of socially just wealth distribution.

Carlsten, Christopher

Medicine (Vancouver)
School of Population and Public Health
Air pollution; respiratory and immunological health effects of inhaled environmental and occupational exposures, using diesel exhaust, western red cedar, and phthalates as model inhalants.

Carrillo, Juli

Land and Food Systems (Vancouver)
Land and Food Systems
Plant-insect interactions; agroecology; invasive species; evolution; ecology

Carroll, Allan

Forestry (Vancouver)
Forest and Conservation Sciences
Role of climate change in the population dynamics and impacts of eruptive forest insects; Integrated management of forest insect populations

Cenfetelli, Ronald

Sauder School of Business (Vancouver)
Commerce and Business Administration
Human computer interaction, E-Business, IT-mediated customer service, Negative aspects of technology, Structural equation modeling, Survey research techniques, Multi-level modeling

Chan, Jennifer

Education (Vancouver)
Educational Studies
Transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies

Chan, Kai

Science (Vancouver)
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Ecosystem services; ecosystem-based management; biodiversity conservation; sustainability science; social-ecological systems; environmental assessment; environmental policy, Conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, policy and ethics