Hisham is an Associate Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was previously an Assistant Professor and the Ivan Head South/North Research Chair in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. Dr. Zerriffi’s research is at the intersection of technology, energy, and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world. Much of his research focuses on institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants, and patterns of household energy choice, and welfare implications of rural energy use. Prior to joining the UBC Faculty, Dr. Zerriffi was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University. Dr. Zerriffi holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy.
Research Keywords: Climate change, Communities and livelihoods, Economics, Energy policy, Modelling, Social impact, Social science, Sustainability
Dawit Diriba Guta, an Ethiopian national, is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at the College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, and a postdoc researcher at the Department of Forest Resource Management, the University of British Colombia.
Natalie is a Ph.D. student researching urban energy justice and environmental racism at the University of British Columbia. She earned an M.Sc in Environmental Justice and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A in Operations & Supply Chain Management and Sustainability at the University of Illinois Liautaud Graduate School of Business, and a BBA in Economics from the University of Miami. Natalie’s interests lie at the intersection of policy and justice – she is focused on working towards solutions to energy injustice, particularly in urban communities in North America.
René is a Forest Engineer (1992-1997 Universidad de Chile) and also holds a Master of Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile (2004-2005), and a Doctorate at the University of British Columbia (2010-2017). He co-created the National Firewood Certification System in Chile, between 2003 and 2010, in order to regulate the firewood market to reduce forest degradation and air pollution. René was the Executive Director of the Association of Foresters for the Conservation of Native Forests and has worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, Inter-American Development Bank, as well as other institutions in Chile and abroad. He works as a researcher in the Instituto Forestal de Chile (INFOR) and is also performing a post-doctorate at the Faculty of Forestry of UBC.
Camilla is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Forest Resource Management, and she earned an MSc in Economics. Her researches focus on socio-economic impacts, management, and funding of forest restoration. In particular, the focus is on ethics, social and intergenerational justice and gender equality.
Research Keywords: Economics, Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Carbon, Restoration, Social Justice
Emmanuel Ackom is a Senior Scientist (Energy and Climate) with the United Nations Environment Programme – Denmark Technical University (UNEP DTU) Partnership in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.
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I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow working on various projects under the umbrella of Energy and Climate policy. My inter-disciplinary research has included energy access & transitions in the Global South, air-quality (GHG emissions accounting) modeling, evaluating climate impacts of national policies, natural resource economics, environmental [carbon] finance, forest sustainability, and most recently, methane emissions from oil and gas production. As a result, I have coordinated multiple research projects across sectors (industry, academia, government, Indigenous communities, and non-profits) and countries (India, Canada, US), where I led research design, research execution, and communication (via peer-reviewed papers, reports, presentations, social media etc.).Outside of academia, I consult on carbon markets and policy for New Forests Inc., and have worked with the First Nations on non-timber forest products. In the past (until 2010), I also worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for various Fortune 200 companies after obtaining an MBA in Finance. However, inspired by the magnitude and importance of global climate change, I changed career paths and obtained an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Energy & Climate Policy. I actively promote engagement with policy makers and the public for evidence-based decision-making. I look forward to collaborating on exciting research enabling a just transition to a low carbon future.
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Research Keywords: Energy poverty, Energy modeling, Energy equity and justice, Renewable energy, Technological Transitions
Sandeep recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, where he is researching fossil fuel phase-out and just transitions. Previously, Sandeep worked as an award-winning journalist in India, covering the energy sector and developmental issues. His co-authored book on global energy transition, “Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution,” was released in 2018.
Research Keywords: Energy transitions, Just transitions, Coal, Renewables
Abhishek is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Environmental Health Sciences department at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an Indian think-tank. He is current an ISEP (Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy) Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and was selected in the 2018 Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).He has obtained his doctorate in Resources, Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia. Over the last twelve years, his multi-disciplinary research experience (and published work) spans aerosols, human behavior, and policy analysis related to household air pollution in specific and energy access in general.
Research Keywords: Energy Access, Behavior Change, Clean Cooking, Household Air Pollution, Black Carbon, Rural Energy
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|Avery Maloney||Research Assistant||2021||Supervisor|
|Haris Gilani||Research Associate||2020||Supervisor|
|Brianne Riehl||B.Sc. (Honours)||2014||Co-Supervisor|
|Claudia Ho Lem||M.Sc||2012||Co-Supervisor|