Climate Connect

Climate Connect is a collaboration between six universities across four continents: Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Peking University in China, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, University of Malawi, KTH Royal Technical Institute in Sweden, and University of Waterloo. The goals of the program are to:

  1. promote international networking across student and academic career stages, and
  2. to create space to share and learn about diverse perspectives on sustainability and how the climate crisis and responses to it are being experienced from one region to another.

Running from October 2021 to February 2022, students and facilitators will receive training from the renowned Climate Fresk organization, and build relationships and skills to support their growth as climate and sustainability leaders.

Applications for the 2021-2022 program are now closed. Please check back for details on when the next program will be announced. 

Meet the students

Ailin Jalili

Ailin Jalili is a Health Sciences student in her 3B term. For her, she viewed this experience as a way to collaborate with other students to gain various perspectives on the climate crisis. Continue reading about Ailin's experience.

Bailey Gardien

Bailey Berdan Gardien is a Knowledge Integration student in her 4B term. For her, this experience offered a chance to develop a better understanding of how students from around the world experience and view the threat of climate change. Continue reading about Bailey's experience.

Jiaqing Pan

Eurus (Jiaqing) Pan is an Honours Planning student in her 3B term. For her, this experience was an opportunity to understand climate challenges through a multi-dimensional perspective. Continue reading about Eurus' experience.

Nilusha Rattansi

Nilusha Rattansi is an Honours Public Health student in her 3B term. For her, this experience was an opportunity to connect with, listen to, and learn from global leaders in climate change, in order to avoid making assumptions about how climate change impacts people outside of Canada. Continue reading about Nilusha's experience.

Philip Zuidema

Philip Zuidema is a Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science student in his 4B term. For him, the experience gave him a chance to expand his knowledge of climate change concerns beyond Canada. Continue reading about Philip's experience.

Simrit Dhillon

Simrit Dhillon is a Public Health and Psychology student in her 4B term. For her, this experience was an opportunity to learn more about climate change and the environment with engaging peers and insightful coordinators. Continue reading about Simrit's experience.

Meet the facilitators

Angela Carter

Angela Carter is an Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, a Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow and an institute member. She is the academic lead for Climate Connect. Learn more about Angela's work and research.

Chad Walker

Chad Walker is an AMTD Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo and a Climate Connect facilitator. He is an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist with interests around justice, equity, and public support for low-carbon transitions. Learn more about Chad's work and research.

Lowine Hill

Lowine Hill is a PhD Candidate in Social-Ecological Sustainability at the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability of the University of Waterloo. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on intersectional, place-based disaster risk governance processes in the Caribbean.

M Salim Uddin

M. Salim Uddin is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Waterloo, contract staff faculty at the University of Winnipeg and Associated Fellow at the Centre for Asian Climate and Environmental Policy Studies. He conducts interdisciplinary mixed-method community-based research on climate change and environmental disasters. Learn more about Salim's work.

Sarah Norton

Sarah Norton is a Ph.D. student in Global Governance studying Global Environment at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Climate Connect facilitator.

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