Students: Energy Cohort

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’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

Janica Anderzèn (UVM)

Janica is pursuing a PhD in Agroecology at UVM. Her research is linked to a three-year, collaborative and
participatory research project, Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems of
Mesoamerica. The project explores economic, ecological and social impacts of selected diversification strategies
in smallholder coffee communities in Mexico and Nicaragua. As a proponent of inclusive and action-oriented
processes of knowledge building, she is applying the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach to her
research. Janica holds a BA and a MA in Latin American Studies, and an 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. Janica enjoys hiking,
walking, biking, foraging mushrooms and picking berries, growing vegetables, preserving food, reading,
photography, and arts & crafts. Coming from a country of forests and lakes, she feels home around trees and
water, and is excited about exploring the nature of Vermont.
Keywords: smallholder coffee systems, rural livelihoods, climate change resilience, livelihood
diversification, participatory action research

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 works for the ministère de la Justice du Québec/ministères de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, des Forêts de la Faune et des Parcs. She holds an LLM from Laval University and a Master 2, from both Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) & Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas). Aurélie-Zia’s master thesis examined the integration of sustainable development in mining law reforms in France and Quebec. Her PhD research focuses on law and governance in the sector of mineral resources in Québec. Her thesis seeks to rethink frameworks governing the development of mineral resources in Canadian provinces, particularly in Quebec, and to rethink the role of the State in managing them. It proposes to reground the provincial frameworks using ecological economics methods and ecological law as a normative framework.
Keywords: governance of mineral resources, mining law, role of the state, ecological law, law and economics
Twitter: @AZ_Gak

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

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.
Keywords: corporate mapping, power mapping, decolonization
Twitter: @hartley_emery

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.
Twitter: @aliankarim

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.
Keywords: agri-food system, social metabolism, complexity sciences, ecological economics, modeling
Twitter: @uomo_macchina

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

Romain Svartzman (McGill)

Romain Svartzman is a Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University, Canada. His research aims to develop the field of ecological macroeconomics, at the crossroad between ecological economics, endogenous money approaches, and world-ecology perspectives. His work mostly revolves around the following topics: Assessing the connections between declining energy returned on energy invested (EROI), financialization and the expansion of commodity frontiers; Revisiting the concept of global liquidity for a finite planet with limited substitutability. 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, 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 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 systems, financial instability, socio-ecological systems, commons, institutions