Experts on inclusive and sustainable recovery

Law, Human and Social Development

​Katya Rhodes. Credit: UVic Photo Services

The following University of Victoria experts are available to media for comment about how economic policies can address social and ecological inequalities across regions and between generations—the subject of Pathways for Inclusive and Sustainable Recoveries conference, being held May 27-29 by the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics (CANSEE) in partnership with the University of Victoria. The virtual conference brings together leading researchers, practitioners, policymakers and change-makers from all over Canada for three days of dialogue around sustainable and inclusive recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: For members of the media who wish to register for the full conference or attend a single keynote or session, please contact Truzaar Dordi for a free media pass. 

Katya Rhodes (Public Administration; Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at UVic) is the president of CANSEE and an expert in low-carbon economy transitions. She can discuss her recent projects on energy-economy modelling in Canada, the results of an international comparative analysis of flexible climate regulations, and the new study on consumer motivations to adopt low-carbon heating technologies. She is available on May 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and May 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Email at

Tamara Krawchenko (Public Administration) is an expert in comparative public policy and regional development. She can discuss recent comparative research on the types of policies that governments in advanced economies are presently adopting in order to manage a just transition. She is available May 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4pm; May 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Email at

Chris Tollefson (Law) is a climate law scholar and litigator. He has been counsel for public-interest clients on a number of high-profile cases including legal challenges to the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain pipelines, and the Petronas Pacific NorthWest LNG project. He is executive director of the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation and principal at Tollefson Law. He is currently co-counsel for the plaintiffs in La Rose v HMTQ, a national youth-led challenge to Canada’s response to the climate emergency under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. His CANSEE keynote (May 27) is entitled “Youth-led climate litigation: Recovering a stable climate system.” He is available May 26 and 27. (Email at

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