Move UBC Research Roundtable

Interested in learning about current and upcoming research? Join us for this years Move UBC Research Roundtable! 

When: Friday, February 18th, 12PM – 1:30PM

Where: Zoom, registration below!

The theme of this year’s event is discussing the intersections of between physical activity, climate action, and social justice. This event is part of Move UBC, a month-long campaign to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior, and UBC’s first-ever Climate Emergency Week which features conversations, actions, and community-building around the topic of our planet’s health. Working in the spirit of community, UBC Recreation, the Sustainability Hub, Climate Hub, and AMS join together to mark the 1-year anniversary of the UBC Board of Governor’s endorsement in principle of the UBC Climate Emergency Task Force Report and Recommendations. UBC is continuously working to create environments where movement is supported and celebrated for all our community members.

Our presenters will outline their research and how it relates to this topic theme in a five-minute presentation. Participants will then break out into groups to discuss the implications and potential impacts of the presented research. Key takeaways, recommendations, and other comments from this research roundtable will be used to inform future strategies and planning for UBC Recreation.

Registration is required – you can do so here:  


Learn more about our speakers below! 


Dr. Shannon Leddy (Métis).

A Vancouver based teacher and writer whose practice focuses on using transformative pedagogies in decolonizing and Indigenizing teacher education. She holds degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA in Art History, and a BEd from UBC. Her PhD research at SFU focused on inviting pre-service teachers into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous art as a mechanism of decolonization in order to help them become adept at delivering Indigenous education without reproducing colonial stereotypes. Before arriving at UBC, Shannon taught high school Art, Social Studies, and English. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors at grunt gallery (sic), the Co-Chair of the Institute for Environmental Learning, and a Research Fellow with the Institute for Public Education/BC. She is also a mother and a Nehiyaw/Cree language learner.


Jeanette Steinmann 

A second-year PhD student in the School of Kinesiology at UBC whose research explores topics at the intersection of poverty, physical activity, environment, and transport. She recently completed an MA at UBC (Kinesiology, 2020) which focused on the perspectives and experiences of cyclists experiencing homelessness in Vancouver, BC. Prior to that they completed a B.Kin at the University of Calgary (2017). Jeanette is also the Research Coordinator for the UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability. 



Michael Brauer 

 A Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC whose research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in the health impacts of air pollution, the relationships between exposures mediated by urban form and population health, and health impacts of a changing climate. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on numerous local, national and international advisory committees.  His contributions to environmental health have been recognized by a number of career achievements and publication awards. 


Dr. Danielle Ignace                            

An enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, an ecophysiologist, and science communication enthusiast. She recently joined the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the UBC, is a Research Associate at Harvard Forest, and is an Associate Editor for the journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. From desert systems to temperate forests, she studies how climate change, landscape disturbance, and invasions impact ecosystem function and communities of color. Dr. Ignace wasrecently selected as a Science for Social Equity Fellow (funded by Fair Count) to create community-driven solutions to climate change and pollution in Houston, Texas. Always seeking new ways to be an advocate for underrepresented groups in STEM, she joined the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the American Society of Plant Biology. Fostering distinctive collaborations with faculty and students to understand and communicate pressing global change problems is the hallmark of her research, teaching, YouTube channel, and ArtSci projects. As an Indigenous woman in STEM, Dr. Ignace is deeply committed to developing Indigenous curriculum and her unique perspective bridges Indigenous communities, people of color, and scientists.