Dr. Katya Rhodes

Dr. Katya Rhodes
Assistant Professor
Office: HSD A314

PhD (SFU), MSc, BA with Honours

Area of expertise

Multi-attribute climate policy analysis, Political economy of climate policy, Pro-environmental behaviour, Survey-based methods, Energy-economy modelling, Comparative climate policy

Professional Information & Research

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 a recipient of the CUFA BC 2023 Early In Career Distinguished Academic Award.

Dr. Rhodes investigates the topics of low-carbon economy transitions and climate policy design using survey tools, energy-economy models, media and content analysis. She is a member of Canada's Sustainable Development Advisory Council providing policy advice on UN's Sustainable Development Goals in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. In 2019-2022, she served as President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. 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 2022-25 SSHRC Insight grant assesses political costs of achieving Canada’s net-zero emissions target using modelling of climate policy pathways and a national survey of public support for stringent climate policy. As part of her collaborative Swedish Research Council grant, Dr. Rhodes conducts case studies of comparative climate policy successes and implements international surveys to study public beliefs about the co-existence of climate sustainability and economic growth. Her SSRHC Insight Development project explores consumer motivations for adopting low-carbon heating technologies and homeowner preferences for building decarbonization policies using a survey of Canadian homeowners (n=3,804). 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’ PICS-funded survey of government officials in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region informs the development of a regional climate plan to accelerate climate action. All research by Dr. Rhodes aims to help policy-makers design targeted climate policy proposals and improve communication techniques to help Canada meet its climate targets.

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

  • Decoupling economic growth from emissions
  • Public acceptance of climate policy
  • Consumer preferences for low-carbon technology
  • Climate policy mixes
  • Climate policy governance
  • Economic impacts of climate policy

Selected Publications