Congrats to Tri-Council award winners!

April 27, 2021

Four LEAP members have been recently awarded with NSERC scholarships: 

Rivkah — Vanier Graduate Scholarship

Emma — CGS-M Scholarship

Imranul — CGS-D Scholarship


Congratulation to Rochelle for successfully defending her undergraduate thesis!

March 21, 2021

For her thesis, Rochelle did a trajectory analysis based on public odour reports in order to identify major odour sources in Metro Vancouver.

Emma has been awarded with the NSERC CGS M scholarship!

March 10, 2021

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGS M) program helps develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Bassam and Mrinmoy have been recognized as Liu Scholars

March 10, 2021

Since 2009, the Liu Institute has brought together exceptional PhD  students at UBC who are interested in using their research and  disciplinary expertise to work on public policy and global issues. Out of four new scholars this year, two are LEAP members! Congratulations! 

On Women's Day, Pluvia Magazine published article written by Erika.

March 8, 2021

The article (in spanish) titled "Data Analysis: Objective science or patriarchal illusion?" explores how we can approach gender quantitative and qualitative research from a feminist perspective. 

Mrinmoy representing LEAP at the 2021 Three Minute Thesis Heat!

February 25, 2021

Under three minutes, Mrinmoy explained how cooking and heating contribute to poor indoor air quality and how better ventilation design can more quickly alleviate the associated health impacts.

Congrats to LEAP members for honours and recognitions!

December 30, 2020

Congratulations to many group members on their awards and recognitions in 2020!

Rivkah Gardner-Frolick, BC Air Quality Robert Caton Scholarship

Imranul Laskar, Air & Waste Management Association Environmental Management or Policy Research and Study Scholaraship

Rudri Bhatt and Mrinmoy Chakraborty, Student Energy Leadership Fellows

New paper on air pollution and environmental injustice in Canada

December 16, 2020

Our new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, looks at the distribution of cumulative air pollution burdens in Vancouver, Montreal, and Canada. For a summary of our findings, check out this news release

Congratulations to Hannah Barnard-Chumik on her successful MSc defense!

December 11, 2020

Hannah recently defended her thesis titled "Knowledge Politics in Environmental Impact Assessment" where she explored a case study of the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project. Congratulations Hannah!

Smell Vancouver odour tracking app launched

December 8, 2020

Professors Zimmerman and Giang launch a new odour tracking app as part of a research project on air quality, odour, and health: "Smell Vancouver, or SmellVan, is a web-based app that can now be accessed at We want to know when and where people in Metro Vancouver experience bad odours in their outdoor environment. Through SmellVan, members of the public have the opportunity to log odours and report on any health effects they are experiencing. We hope to identify odour “hotspots” in the region so we can take a closer look at these areas from an air quality perspective." 

For more info on the app, check out this release from UBC or news coverage (The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, CTV). 

Congratulations to Rudri Bhatt on her successfull masters thesis defense!

August 28, 2020

Rudri recently defended her thesis titled "Agricultural Waste Burning in Northern India: Economic Analysis and Farmers' Perspective" where she explored the challenges farmers in Punjab face regarding alternative practices to Agricultural Waste Burning. Rudri will continue at IRES but now as PhD student. Double congratulations, Rudri!

Congratulations to Amanda for receiving a New Frontiers in Research Grant!

August 13, 2020

Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Giang, have recently been awarded a New Frontiers in Research Grant to study the air quality and health impacts of industrially growing cannabis. Read more about it here.