2022 Recipients

Khajornsak Nakpan, Ph.D.

Khajornsak Nakpan, Ph.D.

Silpakorn University,Thailand

"Innovative fashion designer" combines empirical science, the essence of creative design, and aesthetics to build a new body of knowledge. Khajornsak Nakpan studies a cycle and changes in the qualities of "soil" to create a textile substitute material. The production process is environmentally friendly and creates zero waste. This innovation synthesies melanin from bacteria in the soil which yields similar hues to human skin colors. It symbolizes harmonious living and "the balance of truth."

Timothy Pape

Timothy Pape

Oregon State University, USA

Timothy Pape is a process-oriented social scientist concerned with issues related to climate change, land use, and environmental degradation. His transdisciplinary research examines how policies are formulated and executed across various scales and temporal dimensions. Some of his topics of interest include the future of restoration ecology, federally-administered conservation programs, and how systems thinking pertains to sustainability.

Yeobeom Yoon, Ph.D.

Yeobeom Yoon, Ph.D.

Oak Ridge National Lab, USA

Dr. Yeobeom Yoon is a Postdoctoral research associate in the Grid-Interactive Control Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Yeobeom received his Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University in May 2021. He joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in August 2021. Dr. Yoon’s background is architectural engineering, and his research is focusing on building energy simulation modeling and building optimal control to save the building energy consumption. He has more than 10 years of experience in building energy simulation modeling, especially EnergyPlus and OpenStudio simulation programs.

Stacey Haugen

Stacey Haugen

University of Alberta, Canada

Stacey Haugen is a Research Associate at the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy and a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta in the Political Science Department. Born and raised in rural Alberta, Canada, Stacey has a passion for rural development, small communities, and newcomers. After graduating with a MA in Global Governance, she worked as a Research Awardee at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, a Research Officer with the Alberta Government in Peace River, and a Project Manager for the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. This diverse set of experiences influenced her decision to return to academia to study rural refugee resettlement and integration in Canada and Europe.

​Sofia Catalina Fiorentino Sarrate

​Sofia Catalina Fiorentino Sarrate

DSKD, Denmark

Sofia Catalina Fiorentino Sarrate is a multidisciplinary designer committed to changing the discourse of fashion as we know it by assigning value to our so-called ‘textile waste’ within the fashion industry through closed-loop systems in garment production.

Giulia M Mininni, Ph.D.

Giulia M Mininni, Ph.D.

Keele University, England

Giulia M Mininni’s research interests are in the areas of gender, energy, and sustainability. She was awarded her Ph.D. from Keele University. Prior to her Ph.D., she has been working for different agencies in the fields of environment and sustainability in the UK and in India. Giulia has also worked as a sustainability project officer, promoting a sustainable culture across the campus community, while completing her Ph.D.

Nureen Faiza Anisha

Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University, USA

Nureen Faiza Anisha is an environmental researcher from Bangladesh specializing in freshwater systems and their overlap with climate change. A water resources engineer by training, she has worked on several projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the water sector. Nureen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences at the Oregon State University in the US where her research is focused on understanding coupled human and natural systems’ dynamics in the wetlands for sustainable management. She has worked as a researcher for BRAC University, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), and has been a TV show host on national television in Bangladesh. She has led articles, reports, and book chapters on freshwater and wetlands-based climate mitigation, nature-based solutions, sustainable management of ecohydrological systems, and freshwater accessibility of climate-vulnerable communities in developing regions.

Jodie Bettis

Jodie Bettis

The Open University, UK

Jodie Bettis has worked in the environment sector for over 25 years, beginning as an analytical chemist in the contaminated land testing industry before moving into the not-for-profit sector. Her international work includes facilitating stakeholder engagement to the UN Commission for Sustainable Development before becoming CEO of the largest NGO network of environmental voluntary organizations in the UK (Wildlife and Countryside Link). Awarded distinction for her Master's dissertation in Environment, Policy & Society, Jodie is currently exploring the criminalization of ecosystem destruction through the introduction of ecocide law as a part-time Ph.D. Researcher and Grand Union Scholar at The Open University, UK.

Ahmed Badreldin

Ahmed Badreldin

Global Sustainability Institute, Cambridge, UK

Ahmed Badreldin is a Ph.D. researcher at the Global Sustainability Institute in Cambridge-UK. Ahmed's interests center around implications of neoliberalism and globalization on social stability and cohesion. His article “Energy Crisis Keeps Egypt on the Wrong Side of Capitalism” earned him both The International Award for Excellence of The Global Studies Journal as well as the Graduate Scholar Award from Common Ground Publishing. His book chapter “Structural Impediments to Sustainable Development in Australia and Its Asia-Pacific Region” earned him the best book chapter in 2018 from the Newcastle University Postgraduate Student’s Association. He has a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Newcastle-Australia and MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University-UK.

Alyssa Martens

Alyssa Martens

University of British Columbia, Canada

Alyssa Martens is a Brazilian-Canadian writer, literary arts educator, and creative placemaker dedicated to using the tools of creative writing and storytelling as catalysts for social change and climate action. She equips groups of all ages to develop personal voice, write with confidence, engage with literature, and share their stories, opinions, and ideas for public audiences—on stage, on the page, and in public spaces. Her research focuses on developing techniques that facilitate the inclusion of historically excluded voices in the public realm through literature development, public space activation and creative placemaking. Currently, she is focusing this work with senior citizens and Vancouver residents experiencing poverty and homelessness.

​Ana Svetel

​Ana Svetel

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ana Svetel is a researcher and a teaching assistant at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana. In her Ph.D. project, based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, she focuses on weather, time, light, and darkness in sociocultural dimensions of the Icelandic landscape. In addition, she works at the Erasmus+ funded HAPPY project and coordinates the Epistemology of Everyday Life Learning Community in the Eutopia network. She is a co-chair of Young Scholars Working Group at the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, a member of the editorial board of Knjižnica GSED, and of the newly established journal Svetovi / Worlds. She is also a member of the Slovene Writers' Association and of the international literary platform Versopolis.

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Blaž Bajič, Ph.D.

Blaž Bajič, Ph.D.

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Blaž Bajič is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Ljubljana. Since completing his Ph.D. in 2017, he has participated as a University of Oslo project researcher in the ERC-funded TRACES - Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts (2016-2019), and has completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Eastern Finland in the framework of the ERC-funded project SENSOTRA – Sensory Transformations and Transgenerational Environmental Relationships in Europe 1950–2020 (2017-2021). His key research topics include sensorial practices, the environment, leisure, and popular culture, as well as methodological and epistemological aspects of cultural anthropology. Recently, he co-edited two volumes, Senses of Cities: Anthropology, Art, Sensory Transformations (Muršič, Bajič and Abram forthcoming) and Views of the Three Valleys (Bajič, Svetel, and Zavratnik 2021). He publishes his work in national and international journals and publishers (Znanstvena založba FF, Routledge, Bloomsbury). He is also the current president of the Slovenian Ethnological and Anthropological Association KULA.

Khushboo Sahrawat

Khushboo Sahrawat

IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India

Khushboo Sahrawat has multidisciplinary research experience in Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research interests are Life Writing, Ecological Narratives, Journalistic Storytelling, and News Media Communication. She has completed an MA in Society and Culture (Class of 2021) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar. She holds a BA in English Literature from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. Her MA dissertation is a study of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, as sub-genres of Life Writing through case stories of early Indian women journalists. She has work experience as a Teaching Assistant at IIT Gandhinagar and a Teaching Associate at CEPT University for teaching English writing to a set of engineering and architecture students.

In Their Words

It was an amazing experience to be a Graduate Scholar at such a big event. This conference brought an opportunity to grow my professional and research skills and it provided a great altitude of management while chairing sessions and being part of the team."

Jam Shahzaib Khan, 2016 Awardee

While I often find myself working within the realm of environmental sustainability, it was a great experience to hear multiple perspectives from the realms of social, economic, and cultural sustainability."

Christopher Olsen, 2015 Awardee

I was so happy to get to be immersed in such a powerful experience and to make such worth wile connections with so many people doing amazing things across the globe! The flow of the conference, the structures that enables organic conversations as well as the structures that cultivated collaboration across fields were essential to the success of this conference."

Sara Roe, 2019 Awardee