Student Opportunities

We are inviting graduate students to join the Ecological Footprint Initiative through its the International Ecological Footprint Learning Lab project.

New PhD students with a start date of September 2024: details through this link.

New MES students with a start date of September 2024: details below.

Apply through the MES Program

Interested in becoming a leader in sustainability informatics?

Background and interests in sustainability assessment, sustainability indicators, quantitative methods, spatial analysis, and geomatics will be considered an asset.

Follow this link for details on applying to the MES program.

The MES program offers funding for two years. Employment as Research Assistants through the Ecological Footprint Initiative is offered as a supplement to the base funding model.

Ecological Footprint in the MES program

Graduate students in the 2-year Master in Environmental Studies (MES) program may declare an interest in being part of the Ecological Footprint Initiative. Benefits include enrollment in the specialized footprint courses, additional training and mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities.

In the fall term of the first year, students enroll in ENVS 5115 Ecological Economics and ENVS 6599A Ecological Footprint Accounting. In the winter term, students enroll in ENVS 6599B Ecological Footprint Analytics. Upon completion of these courses, students are eligible in the summer term for paid Research Assistantship positions and credits by enrolling in ENVS 6699 Experiential Learning.

In the second year, students may be eligible for additional research assistantships. Past opportunities have included externally-sponsored consultancy work, journal-related research assistance, and research and development focused on improving the National Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts.

Meet past Research Assistants