Four-Year Funded PhD in Forestry (Deadline: March 15, 2022)

Position Description

A funded four-year PhD position is available in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver under the supervision of Prof. Hamish van der Ven. The expected start date is September 2022. The successful candidate will contribute to a broader SSHRC-funded research agenda examining the political, social, economic, and physical impacts of the internet on the natural environment. The candidate will be expected to provide research assistance as well as to conduct their own independent research on concurrent themes. The guaranteed rate of funding is $22,000 CAD per year for four years. There is also the possibility of additional funding through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) program. For information on domestic and international student tuition and fees at UBC, please see the PhD Program Overview.

Project Description

The internet has embedded itself into almost every aspect of human life. Yet, the relationship between the internet and the natural environment is poorly understood. This project seeks to uncover whether and how the internet has affected the environmental crises that characterize the Anthropocene. Potential avenues of investigation include: the physical impacts of internet infrastructure on GHG emissions, the political impacts of internet populism on pro-environment policies, the cultural and spiritual impacts of leading lives that are increasingly decoupled from nature, and the economic impacts of online environmental activism, etc. The student will have broad leeway to identify their own research topic and approach within the broader theme. This research agenda is inherently interdisciplinary and open to a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological tools. The objective is to provide a multifaceted examination of the various pathways through which the internet alters the natural environment, and in doing so, provide recommendations for creating a more sustainable relationship between the internet and the natural environment.


  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution
  • Applicants should have a first-class GPA in the last two years of full-time study
  • Applicants must satisfy the minimum academic requirements for admission established by the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office (and departmental requirements)
  • All applicants must meet eligibility requirements to live and study in Canada

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A background in the environmental social sciences
  • Demonstrated expertise in either quantitative or qualitative research methods
  • Previous experience working on large research projects
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

How to Apply for this Four-Year Funded PhD in Forestry

Apply online here by March 15, 2022. You will need:

  • A brief cover letter outlining your proposed research
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Scans of official transcripts
  • Three academic references
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applying from a non-English institution)
  • A writing sample (submitted as ‘additional material’ through the online portal)

All materials (incl. references) must be submitted by March 15. While we thank all candidates for applying, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

For full application procedures, admission requirements, and other relevant information, please visit the Doctorate of Philosophy in Forestry How to Apply page.

For inquiries about this position

Please contact Prof. Hamish van der Ven, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business Management of Natural Resources,

For further information about application procedures or graduate studies at UBC Forestry

Please contact Ms. Robin Poirier-Vasic, Graduate Admissions Coordinator,

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