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Queen's University

Ivana Zelenika

Current Status:

Educational Background:
MES Queen's University
Environmental Studies and Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa
September 2012 - Starting a position in a PhD Program at UBC in the Institute for resources, environment and sustainability program.

Project Title: 
Open Source Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Development Link to PDF (139 KB)

Research Topic/Project description:
My research thesis has a heavy emphasis on facilitating development of appropriate technologies and open-sourcing these innovative, collaborative solutions for others to build off and use.
What is appropriate technology? Technologies that are culturally, environmentally, geographically and economically appropriate, as well as feasible to construct and use for people anywhere in the world. Such intermediate technologies which are less energy and resource intensive provide a neat stepping stone to aid developing regions with focus on sustainable development, but are also a great way to shift the focus away from energy intensive technologies in the developed regions of the planet toward more sustainable options.
The key aspect is on collaboration, sharing of knowledge and expertise, building a solid online open source database for such technologies and getting student and academic groups within service learning and NGOs to help build up the critical mass, exposure and demonstrate the need for further development.

Research Interests:
I have a background in  Environmental Studies and Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa.  My general interests encompass many interdisciplinary areas of environmental studies; from conservation and biodiversity, globalization and sustainable development, to the theory of common good, philosophy of nature and politics. I fully support the concept of interdisciplinary approach given that just as we are all connected so is everything co-related and the key to understanding world's problems is in comprehension of all of the elements that influence them. This means study of the entire social, cultural and political factors that affect our lives (and vice versa) and most importantly our relationship/ affect in them

Supervisors/advisors: Dr. Joshua Pearce

Publications: March 2011 in Science Direct: Diverting Indirect Subsidies from the Nuclear Industry to the Photovoltaic Industry: Energy and Financial Returns;  Link to Queen's News

Feature on Graduate School Web Site - Link





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