E4A Graduates

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

Matthew Burke (McGill) Slide1

Matthew Burke is completing a PhD in Renewable Resources – Environment (May 2019) through the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University under the supervision of Professors Peter G. Brown (McGill University) and Jennie C. Stephens (Northeastern University). With support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Matthew’s doctoral research examines the emerging social movement of energy democracy, emphasizing groups currently working in northeastern North America. Matthew holds a Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics from University of Vermont, a Master of Arts in Environmental Education from University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Ohio State University. Matthew is a Research Fellow at The Next System Project, a Graduate Research Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (U.S.), and a recent participant in the Science Outside the Lab North program for science-policy training. Keywords: energy democracy, renewable energy transition, social movements, energy-ecosystem nexus, energy ethics Contact: matthew.burke2@mail.mcgill.ca

Caleb Gingrich Regehr (McGill)

Caleb has a BSc in Systems Design Engineering from University of Waterloo, and is now pursuing a Masters in Natural Resource Sciences at McGill. He has studied the technological limitations of renewable energy technologies and worked with the practicalities of installing solar panels. He has studied agroecology and worked on an organic vegetable farm. He has studied corporate sustainability movements (Fair Trade, Cradle to Cradle) and worked as a water and energy efficiency consultant. Caleb’s research is on the carbon cost of the necessary global transition to a low-carbon socially-just energy system. His work begins 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. Keywords: renewable energy; energy transition; life cycle assessment; energy system; feasibility Contact: caleb.gingrich@mail.mcgill.ca

Courtney Hammond Wagner (UVM) IMG_5128

Courtney is a PhD student 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 is a recent graduate of the Economics for the Anthropocene energy cohort. He came to E4A from a conservation and activism background, having worked for a number of years with a small NGO in coastal British Columbia. 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 forest conservation actions and to campaign against mining. His thesis supported indigenous groups challenging rampant energy extraction on their territories. He created a corporate power map of corporations driving natural gas extraction and major land grabs on Treaty 8 territory in northeastern BC. The results included maps showing the global ownership of resource rights on Treaty 8 territory, an inter-corporate network of the most important natural gas extractors in the region, and a summary of the terrestrial footprint left by these activities. The E4A program was an eye-opening and rewarding experience and he looks forward to carrying the friendships, knowledge, and ambitious mission forwards. Keywords: corporate mapping, power mapping, decolonization Twitter: @hartley_emery Contact: emeryhartley@gmail.com

Anna Kusmer (McGill) IMG_1421

Anna graduated from McGill with a Masters in landscape ecology in spring of 2017. Since then, she has become a freelance environmental journalist. She spent the summer 2017 as a Mass Media Fellow (sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science) at the KQED radio station in San Francisco, California. At KQED, Anna covered different topics such as conflict over projected areas, public health issues, and innovative solutions to complex environmental problems. She plans to continue pursuing journalism and hopes to tell important stories that weave together environmental stories with other issues such as social justice, economics, politics and health. She has come to believe that the stories we tell ourselves about our relationship to the environment have a strong impact on our treatment and consideration of land, water and diverse life. 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. 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. In questioning the growth imperative, Sophia is fascinated by the psychological motivations behind humanity’s seemingly insatiable desire to accumulate money and stuff. Drawing upon cultural anthropology, social psychology, and psychoanalysis, Sophia’s research explores the role of unconscious, ‘non-rational’ drivers of human values, beliefs and behaviour with a particular emphasis on consumerism. Her broad objective is to understand the unconscious dynamics behind decision-making in order to develop effective interventions that can empower climate-conscious communities and generate more sustainable societal consumption patterns. Keywords: environmental psychology; human-nature relations; behavioural economics; cultural anthropology; radical political ecology Twitter: @sophiesanniti LinkedIn: sophiasanniti Co-founder of blog on social marketing: I CTRL SHIFT Contact: srsanniti@gmail.com

Phoebe Spencer (UVM)

Phoebe Spencer graduated 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)
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Michael is pursuing a PhD in Natural Resources at the Gund Institute at UVM. Michael’s research explores how ecological economics can inform sound decision-making in the management of water resources and food production 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 initiatives in the United States and abroad. He has also worked as a researcher focusing on biogeochemical cycling in forest and wetland ecosystems. 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