Tira Okamoto, Graduate Student
Tira Okamoto (she/her) is a Masters of Resource Management (Planning) student at Simon Fraser University, located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, and Səl̓ílwətaɬ First Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a multiracial, white-presenting settler new to the Vancouver area, she brings knowledge from her previous work on sea level rise resilience and equitable community engagement within the unceded traditional territories of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples, also known as San Francisco, California.
Tira's research interests include equitable climate adaptation, sea level rise, decolonization, just transition, and the multiplicities within justice and accountability. In addition to the Research Assistant role with Dr. Taco Niet and Dr. Andréanne Doyon on equity and justice within energy and climate modeling, she is currently a Research Assistant with the PICS-funded Living with Water: Coastal Adaptation project. Her research through Living with Water examines equitable coastal adaptation planning in False Creek with the City of Vancouver. Tira is also a Climate Resilience and Adaptation intern with SHIFT Collaborative.