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Freya Kristensen, Secretary

Freya Kristensen is a researcher with a passion for sustainable community development and social justice. From 2008-2013 she was a PhD candidate in the department Geography at Simon Fraser University and a researcher with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development. Her research focused on how cities understand and operationalize the concept of ‘social sustainability’ in policy-making. During this time she was also a research assistant on the Meeting the Climate Change Challenge project, funded by the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions. This project examined best practices and innovations around climate change policy in eleven BC communities and how learnings from these communities can be transferred elsewhere.

Prior to her PhD work, Freya spent almost two years with the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, a non-profit organization that works to engage locally elected officials around social and environmental issues. Freya obtained her BA from the University of Western Ontario in International Comparative Studies and French in 2003 and a Master’s degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2005 in International Development Studies.

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