Cohort 2 was accepted in Fall 2015
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 will focus his research on Monetary and Economic Systems for an ecological civilization through the Gund Institute. His interests lie in how asset valuation and monetary systems affect social justice and environmental degradation; and how an ecologically resilient civilization will use money and finance. Outside of reading and writing, Joe loves to surf (taking a few years off!), practice yoga, paint, and listen to reggae.
Janica Anderzèn (UVM)
Janica is pursuing a PhD in agroecology at UVM. Her research will focus on interactions between climate change, coffee rust, and livelihoods in small-scale coffee grower communities in Guatemala and Nicaragua. As a proponent of inclusive and action-oriented processes of knowledge building, she will apply the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach to her research. Janica holds a BA and a MA in Latin American Studies, and a M.Soc.Sc. in Development Studies from the University of Helsinki. Her Master’s thesis in Development Studies explored social and economic impacts of coffee rust on small-scale coffee farmers’ livelihoods in Chiapas, Mexico. Between and during her studies, she has worked in several environmental, cultural and human rights NGOs in Finland and abroad.
Benjamin Dube (UVM)
Ben is pursuing a PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Food Systems from Green Mountain College. He continued working there after graduation as a farmer, educator & researcher on energy issues in small scale farming systems. His research investigates the multifunctionality of agricultural landscapes in both producing food and ecosystem services and implications for government policy in supporting farmers.
Aurélie-Zia Gakwaya (McGill)
Aurélie-Zia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. She is a member of the Quebec Bar since January 2013 and she holds an LLM from Laval University and a Master 2, from both Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) & Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas). Her research focuses on law and governance in the sector of mineral and energy resources in Canada. Aurélie-Zia’s master thesis examined the integration of sustainable development in mining law reforms in France and Quebec. Her PhD thesis proposes to rethink the legal framework and the role played by the State in the development of mineral and energy resources in Canada. She proposes a reflection on law and governance as vectors likely to introduce societal changes needed to base the development of mineral and energy resources on the founding principles of ecological economics.
Caleb Gingrich (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. Because of these theoretical and practical experiences, Caleb is studying how our economic system can be adjusted to encourage firm-level decision making consistent with a macro-economy that respects the biogeochemical systems of the planet. How can complex and often contradictory or unknown environmental impacts of a decision be efficiently incorporated in firm-level decisions?
Emery Hartley (McGill)
Emery Hartley is a Master’s candidate 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 place.
María Juncos (York)
María is a PhD student at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her research interests are in ecological economics, system thinking and urban sustainability, especially locally-based and small-scale urban agriculture and economics in small island development states (SIDS). She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management (MSEM) from Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a BA from University of Massachusetts. Since 2002, María has worked as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS), a division of the School of Environmental Affairs at UMET. She initiated the CSDS after she finished her MSEM and, since then, she has developed and implemented outreach education and research projects on sustainable development and Smart Growth through grantsmanship and fundraising. Some of these initiatives included technical trips with stakeholders from Puerto Rico to cities well-known for their sustainable initiatives around the world and educational publications that have influenced local public policy. Through her PhD, she wants to increase her knowledge in key sustainable development topics to be better prepared as a university professor and researcher. She also wants to help SIDS governments to vanguard the cohesive development of urban farming ventures for the resilience of local communities. She believes that as the interest in land devoted to urban agriculture grows, strategies and policies that could support it while maximizing its socioeconomic returns are indispensable for the challenges of the 21st century.
Alia Karim (York)
Alia is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She has a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Mount Allison University. Her research interests include the sociology of food and social movements, food labour; food sovereignty; colonialism; Marxist political economy; socialism; and urban agriculture, particularly organopónicos (i.e. intensive urban gardens) and cooperatives in Cuba where she recently completed a Permaculture Design Course. She is currently a member of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, Accessibility, Community and Equity student group, as well as the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign at York.
Stefano Menegat (McGill)
Stefano is a PhD candidate in Renewable Resources at McGill University. He received his master degree in Cooperation and Development (specialization in Environmental Economics) from the University of Turin in 2014, with a thesis on Alternative Food Networks in urban contexts. His research interests focus on the relationship between agri-food and socio-economic systems. Through the E4A program he aims to develop a new approach for the design of food policy for the Anthropocene.
Sophia Sanniti (York)
Sophia completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in the Environment and Business co-op program which provided an interdisciplinary approach to the integration of business and sustainability. Through her co-op work terms, she attained nearly two years of practical experience in both the private (environmental consulting) and public (Environment Canada) sectors. Sophia is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. Taking a systems approach to our environmental crisis, Sophia intends to examine the economic, social and environmental projections of our society should the “business-as-usual” pursuit of profit continue. She plans to organize her research around the role policy can play in creating more action-oriented solutions that can ultimately integrate economic interest within the limitations of the biosphere. Sophia’s earnest passion for our planet and people motivates her to inspire positive change at every possible opportunity and she looks forward to the connections, tools and knowledge E4A will provide to make a significant, positive impact.
Romain Svartzman (McGill)
Romain is a PhD student in Renewable Resources at McGill University. His research aims to develop the field of Ecological Finance, which consists in reforming and extending the existing theories of finance and money through the incorporation of Ecological Economics. His work focuses on issues such as: Measuring the indirect impact of exponential growth in financial assets on ecosystems; Exploring financial and monetary reforms needed to drive the transition toward an ecological economy (from macroprudential regulation to local currencies); Assessing how Ecological Economics can inform and learn from other perspectives on money and finance (such as Post-Keynesianism and Modern Money Theory).
Prior to joining the E4A program, Romain worked as an Environmental and Social Consultant for the World Bank Group (2012-2015) and in the financing of environmental start-ups for a French venture-capital firm (2007-2011). He also has experience in asset management, in 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 International Business (2007) and an Undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), as well as a Master’s degree in Economics and Law of Climate Change from FLACSO Argentina (2015).