_Tim McDaniels is a specialist in
decision sciences and policy analysis, particularly in managing
environmental and technology-related societal risks. In SCARP that
means he teaches classes and does research on aspects of planning and
policy analysis for a whole array of issues. His current research
focuses on climate change adaptation in linked human/ ecological
systems. He also has ongoing research projects concerned with building
regional resilience in infrastructure systems.
_Raffaele Vignola, holds a PhD
from the the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He has worked
at CATIE since 2005 in the Global Change research unit, focusing
mainly on ecosystem service management and policies for adaptation to
climate change. Prior to CATIE, Raffaele worked in Central America in
the fields of risk management and watershed management. He dedicates
his free time to his family, music, cinema and literature.
_Julian Gonzalez has been working on social and environmental challenges for over ten years. He has experience working in South, Central and North America, with a multitude of agencies and clients, from indigenous and First Nation communities, to international agencies, local and international NGOs, research institutes, and municipal and regional governments. Julian has always been fascinated by the question of how to help a group of people and a society make progress on difficult societal challenges. This question has taken him on a journey to amass expertise in learning tools, methods and systems to support a group facing a tough challenge. Julian has simultaneously explored the more subtle internal personal and group dynamics that can impede or facilitate progress on the challenge at hand.
_Sonja Klinsky, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and the University of Cambridge. Her work is focused on the development of climate policy domestically and internationally. Most recently she has explored the implementation challenges of cap and trade systems, and the justice arguments used in climate policy debates at multiple scales. Previously she worked in local sustainability planning, environmental information design, and gender and development.
_Oliver Lane, M.F., BA (Hons) is a
sustainability practitioner with over ten years of international
consulting and management experience and training. He holds degrees in
Sustainability Planning and Natural Resources Management, Business
Economics and Non-profit Organization Management. Oliver has worked in
corporate banking, community economic development (microfinance),
environmental education, integrated water management and community
planning. His broad professional interest is to provide support to
organizations and communities engaged in sustainability-related
MA (Plan) received her Masters in Planning from UBC's School of Community and Regional
Planning (SCARP) in 2011. Her graduating project discussed
mitigation-adaptation conflicts in municipal decision-making, using the City of
Vancouver as a case study. Her work with CATIE has involved exploring the
intersection between rural land use, climate change and sustainable rural
livelihoods in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Amanda currently lives and works in
_Jordan Tam is a second year PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability with a background in psychology. His broad interest is in untangling the interactions between ecosystems and social systems to understand how to best manage marine resources. Specifically he researches the processes of social learning and the transmission of norms, beliefs, values, and behaviours, within and between groups, and their implication for the adaptability of human communities to changing environments.
His past work examined the cognitive and affective constraints to adaptation to climate change in biodiversity conservation. Specifically he studied perceptions of conservation policy and explored how environmental beliefs, emotion, and perceptions of risk affected people’s willingness to endorse (sometimes controversial) adaptation strategies in a protected area contexts.
Other areas of research in which he is currently engaged include: Climate change risk perception, mitigation and adaptation behaviours in Costa Rica; defining and valuing cultural ecosystem services; the integration of social considerations into conservation planning; and the interface between science and policy.