For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2024 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Claudia Ribeiro Pereira Nunes is a Ph.D. student and member of the research group GIESA-INNOVATION at the Administrative Law Department of the School of Law at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She conducts interdisciplinary research to understand better the impact of global law, sustainability, and governance issues on innovative technology and environmental challenges facing the European Union region. Her current research includes ecological policy in the Iberian Peninsula, particularly public policies and tourism and leisure mobility dynamics. Her future interests touch on climate change, renewable energy, mobility, transportation, and air pollution policies applied to tourism.
Olufemi is a Newton International Fellow at University of Lincoln, UK conducting research crosscutting sustainability, climate change, heritage conservation and management, and community engagement. As an early career researcher, he is contributing to mainstreaming climate preparedness and adaptation planning across communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia. He is also an Executive Board Member of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and three International Scientific Committees. He is an impact maker contributing to achieving targets for SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being, SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
Mr. Philip Onyekachukwu Egbule is a Nigerian. He holds B.Sc (Ed) (2004) and M.Sc (Ed) (2011) in Social Studies/Education. He lectures in the Department of Social Studies Education, University of Delta, Agbor, Nigeria. As a social scientist/educationist by training, his chief scholarly interests include globalization studies, African culture, human rights and gender issues. He has 51 scholarly articles in journals between 2013 – present. He has presented over 40 research findings in national and international conferences/workshops in his area of interest. He is curious minded, flexible, endowed with capability to cope in multicultural environments.
Fatema Jahan Sharna is an Additional District and Sessions Judge of Bangladesh. She has also worked as a Researcher on Deputation at the Law Commission of Bangladesh, where she drafted several laws and policies for the government. Sharna earned her LL.B (Hons), LL.M, and MSS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She is currently pursuing her MPhil in Environmental Laws at the same university. As an Auatralia Awards Scholarship Awardee, she recently completed her Research Master (MRes) on gender equity and climate change adaptation at Macquarie University in Australia. Her research interests include gender, CDP, migration victims, human rights, environmental rights, Rohingyas, and indigenous people.
Dr. Md Abdul Awal Khan has been contributing to legal education, research, and training since 2005. Currently he has been serving as a Professor of Law, at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). He obtained his PhD at the School of Law, Western Sydney University, Australia in 2015. He served as an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar in 2017. Dr Khan completed several projects funded by national and international organizations including Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI). His area of expertise includes environmental law, climate change law and policy and human rights.
Adebisi Benjamin Tèmídayọ is an Academic and Researcher. He is the Director of Frontier Legend Educators and Institute of Anatomy, Cell Biology, Brain and Neurodegeneration; educational platforms focused on educating people on the social space about health and ways to optimize living. His interest in Climate and Environment stems from the idea that human ecosystem have a major role to play in health and well-being and human impacts and roles are of great relevance to degrading or maintaining the system.
Birtukan Dessie Getahun is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural Entomology. With a PhD degree, she has a comprehensive understanding of research, technology transfer and implement, review and support food security projects, pest management of crops and community based rehabilitation program of working across geographical areas. She has taken her initiative in designing and implementing bamboo based entrepreneurship for the resource poor communities. Additionally, climate change mitigation strategies and restoration and conservation of degraded lands in Ethiopia. Birtukan is also actively engage in providing expert advice and work closely with the Livelihoods and the Resilience Program Management areas.
Tugba, PhD – ABD in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, centers her research on place theory, person-place relationships, and the non-economic aspects of recovery from climate-induced disasters and trauma. Her academic work delves into understanding how individuals adapt and recover from severe climate events, with a particular emphasis on the influence of place-based memories in shaping their responses. Her current research involves collaboration with Lytton residents in British Columbia, profoundly affected by the 2021 wildfire season, to examine how their local perceptions of this extreme climate event and associated place-based memories can inform post-disaster recovery planning. Tugba's interdisciplinary approach, which incorporates knowledge co-creation and reflexive visual methodologies, aims to challenge the established power structures within disaster studies.
The 2024 Online Only Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Angel is the Research Manager for the Researching for Eco-Social and Equitable Transformation (RESET) Lab, a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University, Researcher for the Environment, Community Health Observatory (ECHO) Network, and Early Career Coordinator for Ecohealth International. Angel regularly focuses on research at the nexus of eco-social health equity, intergenerational justice, equity-informed knowledge exchange, climate change, mental health equity, and co-benefits/multi-solving.
Judy is a second year doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of British Columbia. Through her work in the Capturing Health and Resilience Trajectories (CHART) lab at SFU, Judy investigates the mental health impacts of climate change on youth. Specifically, her research pertains to 'eco-anxiety' during late adolescence - the experience of heightened negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness, and grief related to environmental issues. In the future, Judy aims to develop support resources for youth experiencing eco-anxiety.
Tianze is a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences at the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Prince Edward Island (CCCCA, UPEI). Before joining the Climate Smart Lab at CCCCA, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Master degree of Water Security. Tianze has a multidisciplinary background in marine geosciences, hydrology, and geomatics. Currently his research is focusing on climate change impact on the coastal erosion of Prince Edward Island. He has also participated in multiple research projects of Natural Resources Canada, and Government of Prince Edward Island. Tianze holds the memberships of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association as well.
I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide. It was also very valuable experience facilitating the sessions."
My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group"
I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide, It was also very valuable to experience facilitating the sessions."