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Nadja Kunz

Assistant Professor

School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Arts

Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship (NSERC, Tier 2), jointly appointed across the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering.

Nadja Kunz completed her undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of Queensland, where she specialized in chemical engineering, business management, and interdisciplinary engineering. After completing her PhD, Nadja spent 2 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eawag Aquatic Research Institute in Switzerland and she subsequently consulted as a Water Specialist for the International Finance Corporation where she worked with 10 mining companies in the South Gobi region of Mongolia to strengthen their water management and community engagement practices.

Nadja joined UBC in 2017. Within her research, she develops tools, frameworks and models to better conceptualize, measure, assess and communicate water-related risks to diverse stakeholders including companies, investors, indigenous rights-holders, communities and governments. She is also interested in how to improve the contribution of the global mining sector towards sustainable development. Nadja leads an interdisciplinary research team at UBC, bridging the fields of engineering, hydrology, social science and operations research. Within her research projects, Nadja frequently collaborates with representatives from beyond academe, including mining companies, investors, indigenous rights-holders and governments.