Investigating the Impacts of Clicktivism on Corporate Environmental Practices
A funded two-year MSc position is available in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver under the supervision of Prof. Hamish van der Ven. The expected start date is May 2022. The successful candidate will contribute to a SSHRC-funded project called ‘Investigating the Impacts of Clicktivism on Corporate Environmental Practices.’ As part of their studies, the candidate will be expected to provide research assistance as well as conduct their own independent research in-line with the project description. The guaranteed rate of funding is $18,200 CAD per year for two years. There is also the possibility of additional funding through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) program. For information on domestic and international student tuition and fees at UBC, please see the MSc Program Overview.
The term “clicktivism” refers to the growing amount of activism that takes place on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Clicktivism has assumed prominent roles in recent environmental protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NODAPL) in the midwestern United States and the Trans Mountain Pipeline in British Columbia (#NoTankers). In this project, we will answer two important questions about the impact of clicktivism on corporate environmental practices. First, what, if any, impact has clicktivism had on business efforts to address environmental challenges? Second, under what conditions has clicktivism led to an observable change in the environmental practices of businesses? The project will use a mixed method research design to study when and how clicktivism has influenced corporate environmental practices. Our objective is to yield theoretical insights for relevant social science and management literatures as well as practical implications for environmental groups, businesses, and policymakers.
- Domestic and international applicants are welcome
- Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for admission established by the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office (and departmental requirements)
- All applicants must meet eligibility requirements to live and study in Canada
- The ideal candidate will have:
- A background in the environmental social sciences
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English
- Fluency in quantitative methods and software (SPSS, Stata or R) OR fluency in qualitative methods and software (NVivo)
- Previous experience working on large research projects
- A demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
How to apply
Apply online here by November 15, 2021. You will need:
- A brief cover letter
- A current curriculum vitae
- Scans of official transcripts
- Three academic references
- Proof of English proficiency (if applying from a non-English institution)
- A writing sample (submitted as ‘additional material’ through the online portal)
All materials must be submitted by the Nov. 15 deadline (including references). While we thank all candidates for applying, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
For full application procedures, admission requirements, and other relevant information, please visit: https://forestry.ubc.ca/programs/graduate/thesis-based-degrees/master-of-science-master-of-applied-science/how-to-apply/.
For inquiries about this position:
Please contact Prof. Hamish van der Ven, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business
Management of Natural Resources, email@example.com
For further information about application procedures or graduate studies at UBC Forestry:
Please contact Ms. Robin Poirier-Vasic, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.
Please refer to reference number HS-55437 during correspondence about this position.
To express interest and initiate contact to the principal investigator applicants are encouraged to follow the instructions as provided in the position description. Please note that applicants will have to complete an online application to the University of British Columbia and gain admission as a graduate student to the university. Applicants should review the graduate program profile to learn about admission requirements, application deadlines, program duration, tuition, or to read student and alumni stories. Please visit the researcher profile of the supervisor for this position to learn more about their research.
About UBC’s Faculty of Forestry
UBC’s Faculty of Forestry tackles complex issues of regional and global natural resource conservation and sustainable approaches to forest management. Comprising of three departments, Forest Resources Management, Forest Sciences and Conservation, and Wood Sciences, each offers a variety of inspiring undergraduate and graduate programs across a broad range of fields. We equip students with the necessary skills needed in research, collaboration, and innovation to succeed in their career paths. From forest operations, to wood processing, to conservation, to urban forestry – the possibilities are limitless.