Runa Das

Dr. Runa Das is an assistant professor and core faculty member in the Doctor of Social Sciences Program. Her work is motivated by real world issues such as climate change and sustainability. In particular, her interdisciplinary research explores the assessment and practice of environmental and social sustainability with a specific focus on energy-related issues. She examines the human dimensions and determinants of energy use, energy literacy, environmental and energy justice and pro-environmental behaviour change. She asks questions like: Why do we use energy the way we do? Does knowing more about the production and distribution of energy change how we use it? Is there fair and equal access to energy in society? And how can we best encourage pro-environmental behaviour change? As a quantitative methodologist, Runa is passionate about teaching social statistics and research design.

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Ray Belmonte

Originally from the Philippines with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Raymond hung up his lab coat for business cards, a name badge, and a career in environmental sustainability. Since arriving in Vancouver, he has been involved in research, community engagement and project coordination in the city, eventually making his way to both the Ocean Wise Conservation Organization and the GLOBE Series.

He has worn many hats; from running events for the Vancouver Aquarium’s members, to researching Environmental Management best practices, to helping convene North America’s largest conference in the clean economy. As part of his master’s research, Raymond is researching ways as to how education can influence pro-environmental behaviours among visitors to a conservation facility.

When not at work or studying for his Masters in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, Ray can be found volunteering for sustainability and clean tech events in the city. He is also an unabashed science nerd, foodie by all accounts (though ironically can’t have crustaceans), and a fan of all things green.

Lindsey Bertrand

Lindsey’s work for the Behaviour, Energy & Environment Research Lab focuses on the scope and content of strategies, regulations and legislation, policies, and programs relating to energy poverty in Canadian cities. Her role is to critically examine available interventions, including their origins and purposes, to generate insights about the status quo of energy poverty mitigation in Canada.

Lindsey is an expert in policy communication and has worked with a number of policy- and law-focused NGOs including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (BC FIPA), and OpenMedia. She is currently the Communications Advisor at BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

Lindsey holds an MA in Communication from Royal Roads University and a BA from Simon Fraser University, and has a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from Langara College.

Robbi Humble

Robbi Humble (she/her) is a settler born and living in Treaty 4 territory in Regina. Robbi is an MA student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Royal Roads University, building on the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development which she completed in 2019.

My anticipated research area is environmental performance in the community housing sector, with a particular focus on relationships and the experiences of those most deeply impacted and working on the ground. Through my previous experience researching methods for uncovering and reconciling diverse values and visions for energy transition pathways as well as cross-scale sustainability knowledge networks, I have seen glimpses of the potential to support cultural transformation through scaling up energy efficient, safe, and healthy affordable housing. Approaching energy, housing and wellbeing as interrelated systems, I am particularly interested in understanding how centering equity and wellbeing within systems-thinking and social learning processes impacts our collective capacity to advance more just solutions across sectors and scales.

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Grace Li

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at University of Victoria. My research encompasses various areas of quantitative methodology and family demography. It aims to understand the production of inequality in the changing family system by adopting a longitudinal perspective, one that highlights the roles of long-term life trajectories. I received M.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Victoria and B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.

Through my participation in Energy Poverty Project led by Professor Das, I worked on measuring multi-dimensional concept energy poverty and building models to explore complex factors contributing to energy poverty situation in Canada. Under the guidance of Professor Das, I am striving to produce innovative and high-quality quantitative research in this project.

Devyani Singh

I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow working on various projects under the umbrella of Energy and Climate policy. My inter-disciplinary research includes energy access & transitions in the Global South, air-quality (GHG emissions accounting) modeling, evaluating climate impacts of national policies, natural resource economics, environmental [carbon] finance, forest sustainability, and most recently, methane emissions from oil and gas production. As a result, I have coordinated multiple research projects across sectors (industry, academia, government, Indigenous communities, and non-profits) and countries (India, Canada, US), where I led research design, research execution, and communication (via peer-reviewed papers, reports, presentations, social media etc.).

Outside of academia, I consult on carbon markets and policy for New Forests Inc., and have worked with the First Nations on non-timber forest products. In the past (until 2010), I also worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for various Fortune 200 companies after obtaining an MBA in Finance. However, inspired by the magnitude and importance of global climate change, I changed career paths and obtained an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Energy & Climate Policy. I actively promote engagement with policy makers and the public for evidence-based decision-making. I look forward to collaborating on exciting research enabling a just transition to a low carbon future.

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Annet Tugaine

I am a graduate student at Royal Roads University, pursuing a MA in Environment and Management. My master’s thesis centres on energy efficiency adoption at the household level and my research question is: What are the determinants of adopting energy efficient light bulbs in Kiwatule, Uganda, by households? Beyond my thesis, I am an environmental advocate who is interested in leading sustainable transformational change in my community and beyond. I engage with communities and policy makers to promote pro-environmental practices that enhance sustainability in an effort to mitigate the global complex challenge of climate change.

I also hold a Masters in Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Makerere University, an advanced diploma in CIPS from the UK, and a BA in economics from Makerere University. I have worked for over 5 years in procurement and supply chain management with both private and public organizations. From this business-related background, I realized that maximizing profits at the expense of the natural environment is not sustainable. This has motivated me to focus more on community engagement to promote pro- environmental behaviours.

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Past Team Members

Timo Schaefer

Dr. Timo Schaefer is a researcher who holds a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University Bloomington. His articles on nineteenth-century Mexico have been published in several historical journals and his book Liberalism as Utopia: The Rise and Fall of Legal Rule in Post-Colonial Mexico, 1820-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2017) was awarded the Best Social-Science Book Prize from the Mexico Section as well as an Honorable Mention in the Best-Book Competition from the Nineteenth-Century Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Dr. Schaefer continues to work and publish on nineteenth-century Mexican history, but his major new research project is a life history of an indigenous democracy activist from Southern Mexico who came to Canada as a political refugee

While working for the Behaviour, Energy, & Environment Research Lab during the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Schaefer drew on his qualitative-research experience to assist with the gathering and analysis of interview data for the Energy Poverty in Canada Project. He also conducted a literature review and contributed to the drafting of grant proposals.