Want to get involved in one of our Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange works (IKEWs), or innovative interdisciplinary research Initiatives? Interested in volunteer, co-op or paid SEEDS research opportunities? 

Option 1: Get involved in an Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Workshops (IKEWs)

Through our Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Workshops, we co-create interdisciplinary research opportunities with UBC undergraduate and graduate students, including those with a diverse range of abilities, cultural and demographic backgrounds. These opportunities enable students to get involved in applied research to tackle a diversity of interconnected sustainability issues.

What does an IKEW look like? 

Held in January 2020, SEEDS co-hosted the Urban Climate Justice Workshop with the UBC Climate Hub. It was an inclusive and interdisciplinary workshop aimed to elicit input on what climate justice means to the UBC community, bridge concepts of eco-centric (“Nature’s rights”) with anthropocentric concepts of “justice” (human and Nature’s rights), consider what the integration of climate justice into emerging campus policies and actions look like, and identify priority student research areas for climate justice on campus

  1. If you are interested in joining our IKEWs, please check out the News & Events page and register. If you would like to be notified for future SEEDS project & work opportunities, IKEWS and other events, please sign up here.
  2. ​If you are interested in being involved in organizing an IKEW, or you would like to share your ideas about potential IKEWS topics, please contact laura.arango@ubc.ca 

Option 2: Join one of our Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives or Action Teams

SEEDS has convened four interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder research initiatives, and a number of supporting Action Teams.  These interdisciplinary collaborations advance SEEDS Research Priorities, UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments and provide impactful student-led research experiences that equip students with the professional experience they need to address societal issues, and faculty with opportunities to collaborate with other faculty, practitioners and students to provide expertise and guidance on advancing UBC’s sustainability commitments from urban biodiversity, climate to food security and sustainability. Each interdisciplinary collaboration has a Steering Committee, Action Teams and supporting research clusters. If you are interested in being involve, please check out one of initiatives to learn more:  

Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research & Demonstration (CBIRD) 

Action Teams: 

1. CBIRD Ecosystem Services Action Team

UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP)

Action Teams:

  1. Climate-Friendly Food Systems Action Team 
  2. Urban Food Production for Community Resilience Action Team
  3.  Zero Waste and Circular Food Systems Action Team 
  4. Biodiverse Food Systems Action Team 
  5. Food Justice and Sovereignty Action Team 

3. Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity (CCUB)

Action Teams:

  1. CCUB Curricular Action Team 
  2. CCUB Co-Curricular Action Team 

4. Food Security Initiative (FSI)

Option 3: Do a SEEDS project as a volunteer opportunity 

Although we encourage students to obtain credit for doing important sustainability research through SEEDS, some individual students or groups of students are interested in taking on SEEDS in a volunteer capacity. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the listed independent study opportunities or pitching your own project idea, please find out more here. You can also sign up for one of the opportunities below.

Option 4: Co-ops and Paid Opportunities

Co-op Opportunities
Due to COVID-19, some co-op programs are enabling students to take on unpaid opportunities with partners. If you are registered for a coop and interested in doing it as a SEEDS research project, please check with your co-op and faculty member and then sign up here.

Paid Opportunities
Throughout the year, SEEDS hires student employees, including worklearn and research assistants for key roles in the program,  and from time to time have paid opportunities for students to undertake research. For opportunities, please follow UBC Careers Online postings.

Some SEEDS projects have been undertaken as Mitacs internships. If you are a graduate student interested in doing an applied sustainability research project on campus in one or more of the five research areas through Mitacs, please confirm eligibility with your program and Mitacsfirst, and then contact seeds.info@ubc.ca with a proposal of your research, and we can set up a time to explore collaboration.