Student recruitment

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

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.

Current York graduate students: we will be recruiting in April 2024 for paid employment as Data Analysts for May to August 2024. We recruit from the cohort of students who completed the requisite footprint-related courses in the Ecological Footprint Initiative.

How this initiative fits within 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 and follow the framework to integrate Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity into their plan of study. 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 Ecological Economics and Ecological Footprint Accounting. In the winter term, students enroll in Ecological Footprint Analytics. Upon completion of these courses, students are eligible in the summer term for paid positions as a Research Assistant (RA) or Data Analyst.

In the second year, students are eligible for other year-specific experiential opportunities. 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.

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. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a thesis, major paper or major project in this area, and to work with the Ecological Footprint project as Research Assistants.

The MES program offers funding for two years, with additional funding to support travel and the potential of footprint-specific Research Assistantships.

Follow this link for details of the base funding model at York University.

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

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