Our Team

Executive Board

President: Dr. Katya Rhodes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria investigating the topics of economic efficiency, environmental effectiveness, and political acceptance of climate change policies. Dr. Rhodes holds a PhD degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University where she was a Vanier Scholar. Prior to starting her faculty position, Dr. Rhodes worked as a Senior Economic Advisor in the British Columbia (BC) Climate Action Secretariat where she led economic analyses of BC’s climate policies including the provincial CleanBC plan. Dr. Rhodes’ professional experiences also include teaching ecological economics courses at Royal Roads University, analyzing clean technology and green jobs at the Vancouver Economic Commission, developing the provincial policy for the Cumulative Effects Framework in the BC Public Service, and studying public and stakeholder perceptions of BC’s carbon tax at the Pembina Institute. Email: krhodes@uvic.ca


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Vice President: Truzaar Dordi is an experienced researcher and doctoral candidate in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo, working in the fields of climate finance, energy policy, and risk governance. His research examines financial system stability along a low-carbon transition, which is necessary for safeguarding corporate and societal welfare against the high costs of inaction. He is particularly interested in the intersection of finance and ecological economics. His recent publications examine topics of energy transitions, stranded asset risk, fossil fuel divestment, and extreme weather. Truzaar is an energy policy research fellow with the Energy Council of Canada awarded for his work on financial stability.
Email: tdordi@uwaterloo.ca  |  Twitter: @truzaar  |  Web: truzaar.com


Secretary-Treasurer: Mojgan Chapariha is a PhD Candidate in the Lisbon School of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon. Mojgan’s research interests include the understanding of the linkages between macroeconomics and ecological economics, and the development and application of ecological macroeconomic modelling. Furthermore, she is investigating the use of system dynamics models to measure progress in reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is also interested in analyzing and developing models of Circular Economy. Mojgan worked as a research fellow in the Systems Dynamics theme of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). Moreover, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Isfahan.
Email: Mojgan@phd.iseg.ulisboa.pt | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mojgan-chapariha-22283aa2


Director: Dr. Christopher Orr is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Carleton University and an Earth System Governance Research Fellow. He researchs how societies can better govern complex environmental challenges. Applying diverse methods, this work reveals insights about and fosters community action on climate change, water policy, forest management, cities and urban transformations, and economic transitions.
Email: christopher.orr@mail.mcgill.ca

Advisory Board

Sophia Sanniti is currently pursuing a PhD in Ecological and Social Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her work employs a critical ecofeminist frame to problematize some of the gendered assumptions in ecological economics research and policy proposals. Sophia is particularly interested in exploring the implications of a degrowth imperative for Canadian care workers in the household. She holds a B.E.S. from UWaterloo in Environment and Business studies, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University which she completed in partnership with E4A and CUSP.
Email: ssanniti@cansee.ca  |  Twitter: @sophiesanniti


Dr. Katie Kish, is a research associate for the Footprint Initiative at York University and lecturer of Ecological Economics for the Haida Gwaii Institute at the University of British Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo’s School for Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. She applies her background in complex systems thinking and ecological economics to research on production, labour, and open knowledge commons. She is currently leading a global survey of the role Makerspace play in local economic development strategies. Katie is also working with the municipality of Chatham-Kent on public consultations for community participatory planning.
Email: katiekish@gmail.com  |  Twitter: @ktkish |  Web: katiekish.com

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