Media Advisory | Nov. 23, 2012

UBC experts for comment on Doha climate conference

UBC experts are available for media analysis on issues from climate science to policy negotiations at the upcoming United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar (Nov. 26-Dec. 7).

Simon Donner
UBC Dept. of Geography
Cell: 604.561.7284
Twitter: @simondonner

Kathryn Harrison
Dept. of Political Science
Cell: 778.968.4923

  • Environmental laws and policy (Canada, U.S., Australia)
  • The politics of carbon pricing

James Tansey
UBC Sauder School of Business
Tel: 604.827.4443

  • Implications of conference ideas
  • Carbon markets, clean technology and green business
  • Food security and genetically modified food

George Hoberg
Dept. of Political Science and Faculty of Forestry
Tel.: 604.822.3728
Twitter: @ghoberg

  • U.S. and Canadian environmental policies
  • UN decision-making processes and barriers to consensus
  • Climate politics and challenges

Benjamin Richardson
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law & Sustainability
UBC Faculty of Law
Tel: 604.827.4823

  • Legal, business and policy issues

Andreas Christen
UBC Dept. of Geography, Atmospheric Science program
Tel: 604.822.6620

  • Climate change and environmental science
  • Cities and sustainable development
  • Greenhouse gas emission monitoring

Michael Brauer
UBC School of Population and Public Health
Tel: 604.822.9585

  • Health issues related to cities and energy (air quality, pollution, physical activity and transportation)
  • Linkage between climate change and human health

Patrick Condon
UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments
Tel: 604.822.9291

  • Relationship between cities, climate change and the environment
  • Author of The Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Stephen Sheppard
UBC Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning
Tel: 604.822.6582

Jack Saddler
Faculty of Forestry, Forest Products Biotechnology
Phone: 604.822.9741

  • Major changes in global energy markets – producers and demand:
    • U.S. to become exporter of energy (natural gas) in the next 20 years and energy self-sufficient by 2035
    • North America to become major oil exporter
  • International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook
  • Role of biofuels in the future

Sarah Burch, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainability Governance
Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability
Phone: 604.827.3822
Email: (best contact method)
Twitter: @sarahlynnburch

  • Environmental governance and sustainability transitions
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation in cities
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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