The Sustainable Prosperity Research Network actively supports and funds cutting-edge environment-economy research. Key to the activity of the network is our funding and engagement with graduate student researchers. SP's Student Network is made up of graduate students (Masters', Ph.D.'s, and Post-Doc's) from across the country who come from different disciplines, but share a common interest in making markets work for the environment. Graduate student research projects are chosen through a competitive Call for Proposals and require students to work under an advisor from our Network of prominent academics and researchers at universities nation-wide. SP also commits to help disseminate the research done by our students through blog posts, policy briefs, conference support, and other engagement.

Current research topics range across SP's project lines, and include work on the low carbon economy, environmental markets, sustainable communities, and other economy-wide issues. Click on any project title to learn more!


Anthony Cotter, Masters Student, Simon Fraser University

Valuing Natural Capital in Trans-boundary Water Resource Management: A Case Study of the Potential for Payment for Ecosystem Services in the Columbia River Treaty

I work at the intersections of ecosystems and economies. I am currently a researcher for the Adaptation to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University and have worked for the Agriculture and Environment Program at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa.



Colleen George, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan

How Environmental Policies have Affected the Competitiveness and Innovation in Saskatchewan Mining Firms: Challenges and Opportunities

My research focuses on how the procedural aspects of environmental governance and policy making affect the ability of organizations to innovative and achieve desired outcomes.




Elizabeth Schwartz, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

Green Building Policy and Density Bonusing: How Canadian Cities can use Market-based Incentives to Achieve their Sustainability Goals

My current research focuses on the role of cities in meeting the challenges of global climate change. I am particularly interested in the capacity and willingness of cities to adopt local climate change policy, and the instruments they use to do so. My recent work has argued that the institutions of local government provide critical support to those political and administrative policy champions who seek to overcome the electoral barriers to climate change policy.


Emmanuel Coutu, Masters Student, Université du Québec à Montréal

Exchange Rate Uncertainty in Lined Cap and Trade Systems with Price Bounds: the Case of Québec-California Linked Cap and Trade Systems

My fields of interest include: environmental economics, political economy, public economics and industrial economics. For the last year and a half, I have been working as a teaching assistant in intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics classes at the Université du Québec à Montréal.




Jocelyn Fraser, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

The Policy Role of Retail Supply Chain Corporate Carbon Initiatives

I am interested in social risk and responsibility in the extractives sector, with a focus on new ways to create shared financial value for companies and communities that host operations. As an adjunct professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business I am developing and teaching a course in global citizenship for an executive MBA in strategic mining management. I have 15 years of experience in corporate social responsibility in the mining, oil and gas and energy sectors. First as a vice president with a global public affairs consultancy, then as an independent consultant working with clients to develop strategic plans and reports, and to manage issues related to social responsibility.


Younes Ahmadi, PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

Empirical Estimation of Carbon Leakage from the Carbon Tax in British Columbia

My main research interest is in the effect of environmental regulations, specifically carbon taxes and carbon border adjustments, on emissions and the response of unregulated firms and regions' to these policies. I am currently writing a paper with John Boyce (University of Calgary), investigating whether endogenous research and development (R&D) in the clean sector can guarantee sustainable growth; how the R&D sector responds to environmental regulations; and identifying the optimal environmental policies.