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Student Profile: Anwen Rees

March 15, 2022
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Resource and Environmental Management master's student in the Faculty of Environment

I'm a first-year MRM (planning) student interested in climate adaptation, water, nature-based solutions, and justice. In my free time, I love biking, reading, dancing, hula hooping, and spending as much time as I can outside.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose to come to SFU because I was excited about my supervisor's (Andréanne Doyon) research. Andréanne focuses on resilience, sustainability transitions, nature-based solutions (NBS), and justice.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research is part of a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) funded project called Living with Water. The project brings together researchers and practitioners (including SFU, the District of Squamish, and Squamish Nation) to plan climate change adaptation measures for flooding. Squamish Nation is interested in exploring alternative adaptation strategies. Squamish Nation’s interest provides an opportunity to examine how alternative adaptation might contribute to reconciliation efforts. So, my research, which is co-designed with Squamish Nation, asks, ‘How might alternative adaptation solutions support reconciliation efforts?’.

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

I love all of the people in my program. It is so energizing to be surrounded by students and faculty who are all so passionate about making positive change.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I am very grateful to have received the SFU Graduate Fellowship as well as funding from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) as part of the Living with Water (LWW) Project. Working with LWW has been fascinating and it feels amazing to be a part of the PICS team.

Contact : anwenr@sfu.ca

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