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Student Profile: Nadia Springle

Resource Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment

December 22, 2020
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I was born and raised in Greater Vancouver and completed my undergraduate degree at Carleton University, Ottawa where I studied public policy and international development. During my studies I became increasingly interested in sustainability and environmental policy, as I found that environment and resource issues intersected with many of the social and political topics that I was studying. In my free time I enjoy gardening, cooking, and getting outside to explore beautiful B.C.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose to study at SFU because the Resource and Environmental Management (REM) program offered what I was looking for in terms of an interdisciplinary and reputable environmental studies program. I am very interested in the circular economy and sustainable food systems, so working with Dr. Tammara Soma and the Food Systems Lab at SFU was the perfect fit. I was also very excited to carry out my studies in my home province.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

I am researching bioplastic packaging in the foodservice industry. Bioplastics, which are made out of renewable materials like corn and sugarcane, are gaining traction as an alternative to conventional plastics made from fossil-fuels; however, they present their own complex challenges and limitations to sustainability. The research project that I am working on is examining the negative social and environmental impacts of bioplastic food packaging and exploring solutions to address these impacts. In this project, I will be focusing on current policy gaps and looking at how government policy can best address the negative effects of bioplastic food packaging.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I haven’t been able to attend courses or work on my research project in person yet. However, despite this I have had a very positive experience as an SFU student so far. My REM instructors and the Food Systems Lab team have been very creative in navigating online instruction and research, and I appreciate all of REM’s efforts to foster a sense of community and support students in this challenging environment. I am excited to continue immersing myself in the REM and SFU community going forward.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

BC Graduate Scholarship.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM FOR THOSE SEARCHING.

REM is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to collaboratively explore resource and environmental management issues from many different angles. It has a research component and offers a professional certified planning stream, which I am enrolled in!

Contact Nadia: nadia_springle@sfu.ca