UBC experts on Black Friday consumption and sustainability

UBC experts are available to comment on topics related to Black Friday, including urging consumers to make the connection between what they buy and what eventually ends up harming our ecosystems.

Dr. Juan José Alava (he/him)
Research associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and principal investigator, Ocean Pollution Research Unit
Email: j.alava@oceans.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, Spanish

  • Microplastic and plastic marine pollution, ocean pollution, pollutants in the marine food web

*Available after 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 

Dr. Kai Chan (he/him)
Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Email: kaichan@ires.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English

  • Environmental impacts of products, values and the broader social context for consumption (norms, notions of a good life, etc.) 

Dr. Dave Hardisty (he/him/they/them)
Associate professor and Chair, division of marketing & behavioural science, Sauder School of Business
Tel:  604-655-1465
Interview language(s): English

Dr. Amy Hanser (she/her)
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Email: hanser@mail.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English

  • Consumerism

Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila (he/him)
University Killam Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Tel: 604-351-7406
Email: r.sumaila@oceans.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, Hausa, Norwegian

  • Optimal plastic consumption and use, thoughtful consumption, blue economy, sustainable fisheries economics, ocean conservation

*Available 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. on Nov. 24

Dr. Kate White (she/her)
Senior associate dean, equity, diversity, and inclusion; professor, marketing and behavioural science, Sauder School of Business
Email: Katherine.White@sauder.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English

  • Sustainable consumer behaviour, circular economy

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (she/her)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Sustainability
Tel: 609-865-4765
Email: jiayingz@psych.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, Mandarin

  • Sustainable consumption, plastic pollution, climate-friendly choices