2017 Recipients

Kristine Belesova

Kristine Belesova

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Kristine Belesova is a PhD candidate in Global Public Health and Environmental Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with background in Sustainable Development. Her research examines possible impacts of climate change and extreme weather on human health and nutrition, particularly in relation to food systems. Kristine is also interested in the design and evaluation of policy and governance strategies for sustainable development. She leads the course “Environmental Change and Global Health Policy” at LSHTM and lectures at University College London and Heidelberg University.

​Tayanah O'Donnell

​Tayanah O'Donnell

University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

Tayanah O'Donnell is a Research Fellow with CURF, University of Canberra. She has recently submitted her PhD titled "Exploring the coastal lawscape: Legal geographies of coastal climate change adaptation in two New South Wales localities", completed with the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Tayanah has a strong research background in climate adaptation, environment and planning law, and legal geography. Her research examines intersections between property, place, law and climate change. Tayanah is also interested in sustainable development and place-making. She is a lecturer in planning at UC, where she teaches in coastal management, and co-convenes "Planning for Cities and Climate Change". Prior to this, she has lectured in law and the social sciences at the Australian National University and Western Sydney University since 2008. She was also a solicitor in litigation in Sydney, Australia, and spent 2009 as a researcher for a Judge in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales.

Alicia Guzmán León

Alicia Guzmán León

Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico

Alicia Guzmán León is a PhD in Public Policy from the Tec de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico City. Her thesis is on Climate Change Governance in Latin America: The case of REDD+ in megadiverse countries. For her PhD, she earned a scholarship from the Mexican Government through the Agency of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the ITESM. Previously, she has been a professor in International relations, International aid, and International politics. Her masters degree is in Latin American Studies and International Relations. As a Fulbright Scholar and especifically a Hubert Humphrey Fellow, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she concentrated in public policy, environmental finances, and sustainable business. Currently she is the Commissioning Editor for the Spanish Journals at Common Ground Research Networks.

Samin Ansari

Samin Ansari

Tehran University, Tehran, Iran

Samin Ansari is a Ph.D. candidate in water resources engineering at Tehran University in Iran. Her research interests include Climate Change Impacts: Mitigation and Adaptation, Application of systems analysis, optimization, simulation and modeling methods to water resource problems, quantity and quality simulation of groundwater resources, rainfall-runoff processes modeling, environmental issues in groundwater resource, integrated water resources management, water demand management in arid area. In particular, she is currently studying on Evaluation of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change Impacts and water allocation in this relation. She has participated in many conferences and she is also working as a water civil engineering teaching in some universities. She has worked in some significant Consulting Water Engineering Companies, 2007-2014.

Annie Kim

Annie Kim

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Annie Kim is a MA Candidate in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her specialization is International Organizations and Global Public Policy. Before attending the NPSIA program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Annie received her Honors Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with distinctions from Western University. Her various research interests include global environmental politics, global political economy, Southeast Asian studies, and Cuban history and culture. Under the influence of excellent professors she has met in her academic journey, she has become passionate in bringing the situation of small island countries to light so that relocation policies and international legal mechanisms can be established to maintain their statehood and adapt to sea level rise due to climate change. She wishes to expand her knowledge of climate change as part of her future research work.

In Their Words

I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide. It was also very valuable experience facilitating the sessions."

Lindsay Luke, University of Saskatchewan, 2015 Awardee

The experience chairing, presenting, and networking - I also made some good contacts and learned about different topics in climate change."

Kelly Stevens, Syracuse University, 2015 Awardee