Nathan Pelletier is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (double major in Biology and Environmental Studies), a Masters degree in Resource and Environmental Studies (Dalhousie), and an interdisciplinary PhD in Ecological Economics and Industrial Ecology (also at Dalhousie). He subsequently worked for the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at the European Commission, developing sustainability assessment frameworks and methods for policy support applications.
Pelletier joined UBC in 2016. He currently holds the Egg Farmers of Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and is serving as Director Pro Tem of the Bachelor of Sustainability program. His research focuses on understanding and managing sustainability risks and opportunities in the agri-food sector. He contributes to the development of methods for sustainability assessment (in particular, environmental life cycle assessment (LCA)), which are used to model the implications of contemporary and alternative technologies and management strategies for food systems with respect to sustainability targets and thresholds. Specific domains of interest include climate change, energy use, reactive nitrogen, food security, social licence, and market access.
Pelletier’s Food Systems Priority Research for Integrated Sustainability Management (PRISM) Lab supports graduate students and post doctoral fellows undertaking life cycle-based evaluation of precision agriculture and other sustainable intensification technologies and strategies for application along industrial agri-food supply chains. The PRISM Lab is also currently leading development of the Canadian Agri-food Life Cycle Data Centre. For more information see www.prismlab.weebly.com. The PRISM Lab (and associated PRISM Consulting) continues to work closely with pulse industry stakeholders to develop and assess regionalized life cycle models of Canadian pulse production and processing systems.
Presentation: Complexities of Measuring Sustainability
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