Climate Justice Research Collaborative

The CJRC is a new opportunity for undergraduate students to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects focused on climate change and climate justice. These projects are undertaken with the supervision of faculty and the mentorship of graduate students. The students who participate will be able to receive course credit in Term 2.

Project Leads: Adriana Laurent
Partners: Faculties of Arts, Land and Food Systems, Forestry, Applied Science, Education and the UBC Sauder School of Business
Attendees during a panel discussion at the 2018 Climate Solutions Showcase.

The vision for the CJRC was developed by students and staff from the UBC Climate Hub, with support from faculty members from Arts, Applied Sciences, Land and Food Systems, Education, Forestry and the Sauder School of Business. The main goal of this project is to create new opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate on in-depth, interdisciplinary research projects focused on climate change and climate justice. These projects have the potential to support community-led efforts to adapt to life in a changing climate, and contribute to the existing understanding of the climate crisis.

Addressing the climate crisis requires collaborative, interdisciplinary action from every sector of society. Considering that, increasing the number of students leaving UBC with the skills, knowledge, and motivation to take that action has never been more important. 

This project fosters interdisciplinary collaboration between groups of undergraduate students. These groups conduct research into a climate-focused topic co-identified with a community partner. Interested students are also supported in identifying partners and research topics from their own communities, whether from the Global North or the Global South. Research teams and partnerships are developed during Term 1 of the Winter Semester and the research will be completed over the course of Term 2. Students are offered the opportunity to gain course credit for their work by registering in a course of directed studies under the supervision of one of the projectʼs faculty sponsors during Term 2. 

Project coordination and support are provided by graduate student mentors, who work together to develop and deliver seminar-style workshops throughout the winter term. Workshops cover key concepts such as climate justice and research methods and help students understand the basic requirements of any good research project, such as the need to identify clear research questions and methodologies. Mentors also provide one-on-one guidance and support to undergraduate students throughout the project.

Research projects for the 2020 cohort are currently underway. Stay tuned for updates!

We would like to thank the generous support of UBC’s Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation for funding this program through their Program for Undergraduate Research Experience