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COP27 – SFU experts available

November 03, 2022

World leaders and environmental advocates will gather this month for the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 
COP27 is being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 6—18. A delegation from Simon Fraser University will be in attendance.
The conference agenda includes theme days focusing the discussion on various climate change-related topics such as energy, biodiversity, youth and future generations, solutions, gender, agriculture, water, finance and science. 
SFU experts are available to speak to various aspects of this pressing issue facing the future of our planet. 

SFU COP27 DELEGATION:                                         

JUDE CRASTA, program manager, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

  • Role of cities in advancing multilevel climate action
  • The power of convening through dialogue

PAIGE HUNTER, student, School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU 350 member, research assistant, ACT - Action on Climate Team

  • Climate justice 
  • Nature-based solutions & low carbon resilience 
  • Climate education & youth climate engagement

ELODIE JACQUET, knowledge and practice manager, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

  • Democratic innovations in climate engagement
  • Centering equity in climate engagement

CANDACE RATELLE-LE ROY, executive director, SFU sustainability 

  • SFU’s Sustainability and Climate Action work and embedding approach
  • Regenerative perspective on sustainability and climate action
  • Climate action practice in real world context

KAYLA BLOK, associate director, SFU sustainability

  • Climate action & systems change implementation in a higher education setting
  • Being members of a larger climate action movement

DUGAN O'NEIL, vice-president, research and international


KIFFER CARD, assistant professor, health sciences

  • Psychosocial effects of climate change & natural disasters
  • Eco-anxiety, climate anxiety, ecological grief & other impacts of climate change on mental health
  • Pro-environmental behaviours

JOHN CLAGUE, professor emeritus, earth sciences, CRC chair in natural hazard science

  • Sea-level rise & impacts of climate warming on the cryosphere (glaciers, ice sheets, permafrost)

RADOSLAV DIMITROV, associate professor, political science

  • Climate diplomacy, global climate change negotiations & the United Nations
  • Global environmental politics
  • Transitions to a clean economy

GWENN FLOWERS, professor & graduate program chair, earth sciences

  • General state & evolution of the terrestrial cryosphere (how glaciers and ice sheets work)
  • How glaciers are responding to climate change 
  • How experts measure & model to understand these changes

ANDY HIRA, interim department chair, professor, political science

  • Energy markets & regulation
  • Green transition for remote & developing communities
  • Geopolitics of energy

TARA MAHONEY, research and engagement coordinator and postdoctoral fellow at SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi), PhD, School of Communication

  • Community/political engagement 
  • Democracy, youth & media coverage of climate change 
  • Community-engaged research 

ARNE MOOERS, professor, biodiversity, phylogeny & evolution,
biological sciences

  • Biodiversity loss as a marker of the gravity of the climate emergency situation
  • Taking action to implement nature-based solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change 

TACO NIET, assistant professor, sustainable energy engineering

  • Climate policy & modelling energy alternatives; working with UN member states to assess resource systems to meet Paris Agreement targets 
  • Energy justice & equity – how to decarbonize our energy system while assuring equitable access to energy & addressing environmental justice considerations

*Taco Niet will speak at a COP27 virtual event on Nov. 7 as part of an expert panel on creating ways to accelerate emissions data collection in developing countries. The event is titled: Data Kits to Undertake Systems Analysis (register here). 


MELISSA SHAW, SFU  Communications & Marketing 
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