Integrating research and learning
Graduate students at CEAR have the opportunity to examine many of the challenges and development issues that EA addresses. EA provides a key setting for addressing different perspectives on resource use, and for informing and improving resource planning and management.
The demand for EA practitioners from a range of fields is strong and growing. Research and teaching in EA has long been interdisciplinary. The field typically requires practitioners with a breadth of scientific, technical and administrative knowledge, and many of those working in EA have graduate training.
At CEAR, graduate student research and training can be conceptually broad, but also focused on specific projects, regions, sectors or resources. Graduate learning opportunities at UBC’s Okanagan Campus include a range of advanced and innovative qualitative and quantitative tools – including the use of statistical methods, geographical information systems, modelling, risk analysis, consultation and participation, field methods, and coursework covering a variety of key development and resource sectors.
Skills and research diversity
EA is a diverse and inherently interdisciplinary field. The assessment work environment emphasizes strong analytical abilities, solid writing and communication capabilities, and the skills to understand and synthesize information from a range of scientific, applied science and social science disciplines. CEAR faculty members come from the social and physical sciences and applied sciences, and together they provide a strong interdisciplinary foundation for learning and skills development.