Dr. Katya Rhodes

Dr. Katya Rhodes
Assistant Professor
Office: HSD A314

PhD (SFU), MSc, BA with Honours

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Professional information

Dr. Katya Rhodes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria. She is also a President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics.

Dr. Rhodes investigates the topics of low-carbon economy transitions and climate policy design using survey tools, energy-economy models, media and content analysis. Prior to joining the academia, Dr. Rhodes worked in the British Columbia (BC) Climate Action Secretariat where she led greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions modelling and economic analyses for the provincial CleanBC plan. Dr. Rhodes' professional experiences also include the development of clean technology and green jobs databases at the Vancouver Economic Commission, analysis of the provincial policy for the Cumulative Effects Framework in the BC Government, the investigation of public and stakeholder perceptions of BC’s carbon tax at the Pembina Institute, and teaching Environmental Economics at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Rhodes’ current research focuses on the design of effective and politically acceptable climate policies. Her SSRHC Insight Development project explores consumer motivations for adopting low-carbon heating technologies using a representative survey of Canadian citizens. The study will help policy-makers design targeted climate policy proposals and improve communication techniques to decarbonize residential buildings and help Canada meet its climate targets. Dr. Rhodes’ SSRHC Knowledge Synthesis project develops an inventory of energy-economy models available in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in Canada, to help policy-makers better assess economic and GHG impacts of climate policies. Dr. Rhodes’ UVic-funded project investigates the key design features of ‘flexible’ climate regulations using cross-country comparative policy analyses. Dr. Rhodes has recently finished a PICS-funded survey of government officials in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region to inform the development of a regional climate plan. In 2021-2025, Dr. Katya Rhodes will use international surveys to study public beliefs about the co-existence of climate sustainability and economic growth under a collaborative Swedish Research Council grant.

Dr. Rhodes teaches interdisciplinary courses including ADMN 548 Sustainability Transitions, ADMN 509 Economics for Policy Analysis, and ADMN 581 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation.

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Research interests

  • Climate policy analysis
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Energy-economy modelling

Selected Publications