Current team

Sophia Carodenuto

I am Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria's (UVic) Department of Geography. With a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources Sciences from Freiburg University, my research covers climate change, global supply chains, forest governance, and public policy outcomes in diverse settings, from the tropical rainforests of Cameroon to the coastal rainforests in British Columbia, Canada.

I consider myself an engaged scholar, defined by my constant strive for integrating teaching, research, and service. Before moving to Victoria in 2018, I worked for over a decade as a sustainability practitioner operationalizing public policy in collaboration with communities, policy makers, business, and development organizations. I have first-hand experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, conducting analytical work to inform policy and sustainability programming, and creating community-based knowledge for improved forest management. My background includes working on Indigenous sovereignty issues, for example through my support for Cameroon's FPIC guidelines for REDD+.

I have an MSc in Environmental Governance from Freiburg University and a BA in international relations from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

For more detailed information, my CV is available here.

I'm incredibly grateful to work and learn with a number of highly motivated and engaged individuals.

Marshall Adams

Postdoctoral researcher

Marshall is a SSHRC post-doctoral researcher, Rufford grant recipient, and visiting fellow at UVic's Centre for Global Studies. Marshall has over 10 years’ experience in sustainable forest management practices, forest governance, policy evaluation and impact monitoring. In Ghana, he worked for the Forestry Commission, providing technical support to several cross-cutting national programs and projects such as FLEGT VPA process and REDD+. As a US Government Exchange Scholar of Forest and Wildlife Crimes with the US Forest Service International Program, he worked to provide inclusive answers on critical policy-engaged and practical-relevant global issues that require a capacity from the experience of an expert from the Global South.

In 2020, he graduated from the Antioch University New England, USA, with MSc and PhD in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. He also holds a MSc degree in Environmental Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, with a special focus on intersection of natural resource policy and governance.

Ndèye Sokhna Dieng

PhD student (visiting)

Ndèye Sokhna Dieng is a doctoral candidate at the Université Alassane Ouattara à Bouaké (in Côte d'Ivoire) in collaboration with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). Working at the crossroads of political economy and socio-history, her research focuses on socio-environmental conflicts related to politics and public policy emerging in a context of increased deforestation due to cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire.

Her collaboration with the University of Victoria is facilitated through an academic exchange funded by Global Affairs Canada. With a multidisciplinary background in social sciences, she holds a Master degree in Public Policy from Sciences Po Lille as well as a research-focused Master's degree in agriculture development from Montpellier Sup Agro. In addition to academic research, she regularly consults governments and development partners.

Sofia Silverman

Master student

Sofia (she/her) is a current MSc student at the University of Victoria (UVic) in the Geography Department working on the Traders and Sustainability project. Sofia completed her undergraduate degree at UVic in Physical Geography and Environmental Studies, where she focused her studies on permaculture and how ecological communities can co-exist with humans, particularly in regards to growing food. She has spent the past few years working in Norway, Vancouver Island, and various Gulf Islands in the permaculture and ecological restoration fields. Her research interests include topics addressing the sustainability of global food systems, agricultural practices, environmental stewardship in agriculture and community and agricultural development.

Hannah Grant

Undergraduate Honors

Hannah is in her last year of her degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. She is grateful to live and learn on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and WSANEC peoples. Hannah attended the 2019 Uvic Geography Tanzania field school where she learned about local conservation, resource management and community planning. This inspired many questions for her, including questions around the impacts of extractivism in the global south and the ways in which we, in the global north, directly benefit. In the summer of 2020, Hannah worked for Salt Spring Island Community Service’s Harvest Food Program where she became interested in sustainable food systems and supply chains. These two spheres of interest have merged for her through the undergraduate honours thesis she is working on with Dr. Sophia Carodenuto that focuses on cocoa origins and global supply chain sustainability within the artisanal chocolate industry. She is very excited to be working with Dr. Carodenuto and the Northwest Chocolate Alliance to explore the intricacies of maintaining relationships to cocoa origins as a method of enhancing sustainability.

Sarah Rebitt

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sarah is a third year BSc student at the University of Victoria pursuing a combined major in Geography and Earth and Ocean Science. She was awarded a Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award (JCURA) for her research on cacao origins and sustainability innovation in small-to-medium chocolate companies in partnership with The Chocolate Alliance. While volunteering in Nepal during her gap year, Sarah developed a passion for sustainable development particularly involving agriculture and sustainable land use. She furthered her interest in international relations in 2020 with a virtual internship in Fiji, working with a bee farm to create an eco retreat proposal. In the coming years Sarah hopes to combine her international experience and her BSc program to work on projects surrounding sustainability.

Kikila Perrin

Graduate Research Assistant

Kikila is a settler of primarily western European descent (Germanic & Continental Celtic), who grew up in Osheaga (Montreal, on traditional Kanienʼkehá꞉ka territories) before moving to Ku-sing-ay-las (so-called Victoria, BC) on the unceded territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and L’kwungen peoples in 2015. Kikila is currently working on his PhD at the University of Victoria, exploring how the call of place can encourage a transformation of extractivist settler worldviews towards a more kincentric and relational way of being that supports Indigenous resurgence on Vancouver Island, and within occupied Hawai'i.

Kayla Klym

Research Assistant

Kayla recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Geography and a minor in Economics. Throughout her degree she focussed on environmental assessment, resource management, sustainability, and urban economics. Kayla's appreciation for the environment has led to an interest in resource management and policy that works towards creating long-term sustainability and innovations in climate change mitigation. She is currently taking a year off between her undergrad and potential graduate studies and working with Dr. Carodenuto doing research on watershed co-management in Sooke. She plans to pursue a MSc in resource management or urban planning.

Past members

Marcelyn (Myra) Buluran

Research Assistant

Myra recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a dual degree BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies. She recently attended the Tanzania Field School, where she learned about the Enguserosambu Forest Trust and their Indigenous approaches to conservation, land management, ecotourism, community planning, and development in predominantly rural environments. Moving forward, Myra plans to pursue an MSc that respectfully integrates Indigenous knowledge and western science into sustainability, conservation, and natural resource management.

Shayla Brewer

Honors student

Shayla is a 5th year BA undergraduate student studying Geography and Environmental Studies. She is grateful to be learning on Lekwungen territory, as well as throughout her degree learning on W̱SÁNEĆ and Lummi territory. She completed a co-op term working at the Legacy Art Galleries, where she explored different forms of communication to convey thoughts, ideas, and experiences to a diverse group of people. This experience inspired her Honors thesis to study the history of co-management and power sharing across state and non-state actors in the Sooke watershed, with a specific focus on Indigenous environmental stewardship.