Research Profile: Ekaterina Rhodes, Resource and Environmental Management

January 18, 2012

Ekaterina Rhodes (previously Petropavlova) was born in Russia and as she grew up, she observed how increasingly-frequent summer droughts impacted the socio-economic life of the region. This early influence led her to focus on sustainability issues in her graduate degree at Aston University in the UK, where she wrote her master’s dissertation, Infrastructure Development of the Canadian Energy Industry, and graduated in the top 5% of students. She was awarded an Honour of Distinction for her degree and dissertation.

She then moved to Canada to work at the Vancouver Economic Development Commission (VEDC) on clean-tech, green energy, and green jobs policy analysis. She also volunteered for the Winter Olympic green business attraction program, Metro Vancouver Commerce.

Her PhD research in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University focuses on the design of acceptable and effective climate change policies in Canada. For her research project, she conducted a number of interviews with many stakeholder groups in BC to identify their perspectives on BC’s climate change policies. This research helped her make many valuable connections with BC government officials, leading economists and researchers, and provided valuable perspectives on the impact of policies in the community.

She’s now developing an innovative integrative behavioural framework to identify the key attributes that make different Canadian climate change policies publicly and politically acceptable, as well as environmentally and economically effective.

To support her PhD research, Ekaterina has received Federal Research Grants in Russia, a Graduate Entrance Scholarship at SFU, and a research grant from Sustainable Prosperity. In 2013, she was also awarded the prestigious Vanier CGS award and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions PhD scholarship.

In addition to her academic life, Ekaterina is a member of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, is a regular participant in Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Community events, and an alumnus of the world’s biggest student-run organization, AIESEC, that helps gifted students become successful leaders.

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