Wall Catalyst Program | May 4

Thursday, May 04, 2023

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In-Person or Zoom
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the UBC Emeritus College have assembled a cohort of Emeriti to participate in the 2022-23 PWIAS Catalyst Program.

The Wall Catalyst Emeriti cohort will meet monthly to share research experience and engage with guest lecturers on the topic of the "Climate and Nature Emergency".

For more information on this program and the list of participating Emeriti click here.

Members of the Emeritus College are invited to attend speaker lectures throughout the year. 

Political economy of extinction 

Dr. Jessica Dempsey, UBC Geography  
Dr. Rashid Sumaila, 
School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
With guests
Dr. Louise Teh, Research Associate. Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries 
Audrey Irvine-Broque, Graduate Student, UBC Geography

In this session, members of the UBC community will deliver short presentations on the political economy of biodiversity loss with a focus on underlying drivers of biodiversity loss, species decline, overfishing and harmful fishing subsidies. Speakers include Jessica Dempsey (Geography), Audrey Irvine-Broque (Geography), Rashid Sumaila (Oceans and Fisheries), Louse Teh (Oceans and Fisheries). Discussion will follow. 

Jessica Dempsey

Jessica Dempsey, Associate Professor, UBC Geography.

My research and teaching focus on environmental politics. In geography this often goes under the label of political ecology, which refers to much more than the government or the state. It includes consideration of how environmental politics is shaped by and shapes

economics, science, culture, history, gender, racism, colonialism, social movements and more.

Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC.

Rashid Sumaila's research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.


Dr. Sumaila received his Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Bergen and his B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying) from the Ahmadu Bello University. Sumaila is widely published and cited. He won the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019. His interest in the environment started early in life when his grandfather used to say people should “walk as if the ground feels pain” – this is sophisticated environmentalism! His specific interest in ocean and fisheries was picked in Norway. Sumaila enjoys exploring novel ideas and mentoring future thinkers. He loves waking up each day thinking of how best to contribute to ensuring that we bequeath a healthy ocean to our children and grandchildren so they too can have the option to do the same.


Members of the UBC Emeritus College and the general public are invited to attend a lecture by the guest speaker. There will be a question period following the presentation.

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Location: Seminar Room at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia, University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2


Emeritus College and Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Co-sponsors Emeritus College and Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

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Event Details

May 4, 2023


In-Person or Zoom

Vancouver, BC, CA
V6T 1Z1

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