E4A Graduates

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If you wish to read about what our graduates are up to post-E4A, read more below and find out!

Romain Svartzman (McGill)

Romain Svartzman completed his Ph.D. at McGill University, Canada. He works as an Economist for the French central bank, on climate-related risks and sustainable finance. His academic research aims to develop the field of ecological macroeconomics, at the crossroad between ecological economics and endogenous money approaches, including post-Keynesian and institutionalist perspectives. His work revolves around topics such as the assessment of the historical connections between energy systems and financial systems, the limitations of green finance, and the implications of a global ecological transition for the international monetary system. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Romain worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) as an environmental and social consultant (2012-2015), and as an investor in clean technologies for a French venture-capital firm (2007-2011). He also has experience in asset management, corporate social responsibility for the banking sector, and in the assessment of business regulations for small businesses (World Bank). Romain holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business (2007) and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), as well as a degree in Economics and Law of Climate Change from FLACSO Argentina (2015).
Keywords: monetary institutions, financial instability, socio-ecological systems, commons


                                      Jennifer Gobby (McGill)
Jen is an activist-scholar who works with folks in social movements and front line communities to do research that aims to contribute to social transformation. She completed a BA in Environment (minor Anthropology) from McGill in 2014 and her PhD in Renewable Resources, also from McGill in 2019, as part of the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership. Jen is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University in the Dept of Geography, Planning and Environment, under the supervision of Damon Matthews and Bengi Akbulut. She has two current participatory action research projects on the go – one is on decolonizing climate policy in Canada and the other is on transformative approaches to Covid-19 response in Montreal. She is a member of the steering committee of Concordia’s SHIFT Center for Social Transformation. The book based on her doctoral research being released by Fernwood Press in July 2020. She is the founder of the MudGirls Natural Building Collective and organizes with Climate Justice Montreal.  
Keywords: environmental justice, climate justice, social transformation, theories of change,  Indigenous rights and resistance, movement-relevant research, climate policy. 
                                     Joe Ament (UVM)

Joe Ament graduated from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, focusing on Economics and Finance. After spending 7 years in corporate strategy in both the for- and non-profit sectors, he spent 3 years writing about the ecological and economic problems we now face. In the Rubenstein School, Joe’s research examines Monetary Theory in the context of socioecological stability. His interests lie in how economic rent and modern monetary systems affect social justice and environmental degradation; and how a socioecologically-resilient society will use money and distribute wealth. Outside of reading and writing, Joe loves to surf (taking a few years off!), bike slowly, paint, and listen to Stevie Wonder.
Keywords: monetary theory, rent theory, monetary policy, public money, ecological economics
Contact: jament@uvm.edu


James Arruda (York) Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 5.27.16 PM

James has an undergraduate degree in economics from Concordia University, Montreal and has graduated with a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) at York University. His interest lies in Ecological Economics and Indigenous knowledge. As a scholar in the E4A program, he wishes to push the barriers of Ecological Economics as a dynamic, inclusive and interdisciplinary field of study.  

Contact: jamesmarruda@gmail.co


Douglas Baxter (York)

Douglas has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at York University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies also from York. His area of interest revolves around relationships between firm efficiency, profitability and sustainability in a changing ecological system. Douglas was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica where he lived until the age of 14 before moving to Canada. Unsure of what he wanted to study, he dabbled in anthropology and economics, eventually settling on environmental studies. He enjoys learning about human interaction with the environment, and challenges himself to think of ways to improve our grim environmental situation worldwide. His second area of study would have been anthropology as he is interested in human life and culture. In his spare time, Douglas enjoys playing sports, reading, and attending basketball games and concerts.

Keywords: consumerism, business, corporate-responsibility, economics, profit.

Contact: dougb5@my.yorku.ca


        Matthew Burke (McGill)
vv_JPGMatthew Burke is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont, in collaboration with the Leadership for the Ecozoic project. Matthew’s current research aims to examine and support successful integration of renewable energy development and protection and preservation of ecological and agricultural functions of working landscapes across multiple scales.​Matthew completed a Ph.D. in Renewable Resources — Environment (May 2019) at McGill University under the supervision of Professors Peter G. Brown (McGill University) and Jennie C. Stephens (Northeastern University). Matthew’s doctoral research focused on sociopolitical and ecological dimensions of the renewable energy transition by examining energy democracy in theory and practice, emphasizing groups active in northeastern North America.
Keywords: energy democracy, renewable energy transition, social movements, energy-ecosystem nexus, energy ethics
Contact: Matthew.Burke@uvm.edu
  Molly Fremes (York)

Molly graduated with a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University in September 2019. Her research was an intersectional approach to supporting socially and ecologically sustainable food systems, tying together political agroecology, ecological economics, privilege/positionality, community organizing and traditional knowledge systems. She is now a project officer at Evergreen in Toronto with the Future Cities program. Her past experiences have included urban agriculture in Shanghai, “open-knowledge” research in Ecuador and cooperative farming in Cuba. She is an active organizer in several Toronto sharing economy and resources distribution projects. In her natural habitat, Molly is most often found at the centre of epic dance parties, surrounded by books she aspires to read, or in the garden. 

Keywords: political agroecology, ecological economics, food sovereignty, community resilience, power & privilege.

Contact: mfremes@yorku.ca


Caleb Gingrich Regehr (McGill)

Caleb recently graduated from McGill with a Masters of Science in Natural Resources.  Caleb’s research was on the carbon cost of the necessary global transition to a low-carbon socially-just energy system. His work began with assessments of previously published plans for a global renewable energy system and incorporates life cycle assessment data of energy technologies to estimate the carbon emissions required to build a new energy system. He also holds a BASc from University of Waterloo in Systems Design Engineering.  He has studied agroecology and worked on an organic vegetable farm. He has studied corporate sustainability movements (Fair Trade, Cradle to Cradle) and the institutional barriers to environmental sustainability created by current firm structures. He currently works at the Waterloo Region District School Board as the Supervisor of Energy Conservation, coordinating the program that will allow the school board to meet its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2029

Keywords: renewable energy; energy transition; life cycle assessment; energy system; feasibility

Contact: caleb.gingrich@mail.mcgill.ca

                                   Alicia Richins (York)

Alicia Richins is a recent graduate of York University’s Master in Environmental Studies, Planning Concentration, pursuing a career in ecological sustainability, international development and planning and policy-making. In her graduate research, she applied the framework of ecological economics to the practice of planning in the Global South, with emphasis on the Caribbean and Latin America. This research culminated in a Major Paper and system-dynamics model (STELLA) focused on Caribbean sustainable development prospects. Her other research and non-research interests include systems-thinking, complexity science/economics, climate adaptation and resilience, renewable energy, co-operative business, postcoloniality, culture and the arts. As a proud dual citizen of Canada and Trinidad & Tobago, Alicia defines her personal mission as the advancement of the work of sustainable development through the design and management of projects and policies to secure resilient futures for all.
  Email: amrich@my.yorku.ca

Courtney HammondWagner (UVM) IMG_5128

Courtney is a Ph.D.  at the Rubenstein School and a fellow in the Gund Institute’s Economics for the Anthropocene program. Her interests lie in complex Social-Ecological systems and in water systems in particular. Courtney’s research focuses on the interaction between ecosystem resilience and the institutional arrangements and policy governing water allocation. Courtney grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Dartmouth College. Following graduation, Courtney worked as a research associate in at ecology lab at Dartmouth, spent two summer field seasons in Greenland investigating Arctic soil carbon storage, and worked as a community outreach coordinator for a science consortium in Barrow, AK. Prior to starting her doctoral studies at UVM, Courtney was an Energy Efficiency Consultant with Navigant Consulting, where she researched and evaluated energy efficiency programs.

Contact: courtney.hammond@uvm.edu


Emery Hartley (McGill)

Emery Hartley has a Master’s degree with the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership at McGill University. He has a BSc Environment from McGill with a focus on Biodiversity and Conservation. After his undergraduate degree, he returned to coastal British Columbia to work for a small environmental NGO. As a campaigner for the Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Emery worked on a range of conservation issues with the goal of protecting old-growth temperate rainforest of Clayoquot Sound. He was privileged to work with local First Nations on issues including a campaign against mining and forest conservation actions. His work at E4A focuses on governance systems for the Anthropocene, specifically, he is curious about what governance in indigenous communities can teach us about governing for a place.

Keywords: corporate mapping, power mapping, decolonization

Twitter: @hartley_emery

Contact: emeryhartley@gmail.com


Anna Kusmer (McGill) IMG_1421

Anna is a freelance writer and a radio journalist based in Boston with a specialty in environment, science and health. She is interested in environmental justice and how landscapes interact with issues of identity and equity. Anna is also interested in how culture shapes narratives about who and what landscapes and health systems are for. She has worked in radio news at WGBH in Boston and KQED in San Francisco. She was a 2017 AAAS Mass Media Fellow at KQED Science. Anna has a Master of science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she studied ecology and sustainability. She believes stories can change the world.

Twitter: @ASKusmer

Contact: anna.kusmer@mail.mcgill.ca


Sophia Sanniti (York)

Sophia 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

Keywords: environmental psychology; human-nature relations; behavioural economics; cultural anthropology; radical political ecology 

Twitter: @sophiesanniti                                               

LinkedIn: sophiasanniti                       

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Contact: srsanniti@gmail.com


Phoebe Spencer (UVM)

Phoebe Spencer is a PhD graduate from UVM. Her studies focussed on issues of gender equity in economic systems, including the disconnect between the neoclassical economic paradigm and justice. In the fall of 2014, Phoebe completed an internship with the United Nations Statistics Division working on the World’s Women 2015 report. At UVM, Phoebe completed a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics in 2015, her MS in Community Development and Applied Economics in 2013, and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Transportation Systems and Mobility in 2012. She completed her BA (Joint Honours) at McGill University in 2011 in Anthropology and Geography with a minor in Hispanic Languages. Phoebe is currently working as a Spatial Econometrician at World Bank Group in Washington, DC.

Twitter: @phoobsey             

Contact: pspencer@uvm.edu


  Michael Wironen (UVM)

Michael Wironen is currently a Senior Scientist for Agriculture & Food Systems at The Nature Conservancy. Michael completed his PhD in Natural Resources at the Gund Institute at UVM as part of the E4A program. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics. Michael’s research explores decision-making in the management of water resources, environmental flows, and food systems at different scales. Prior to joining UVM, Michael worked as a senior sustainability specialist at an international environmental consulting firm. He helped private and public sector clients integrate sustainability best practices into development projects and large-scale master planning and regional planning initiativesIn addition to his PhD from UVM, he holds a Masters in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Lund, Sweden and a Bachelor’s in Physical Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Keywords: phosphorus, food systems, deliberative democracy, environmental change, governance and policy.

Contact: mwironen@uvm.edu