Current Research Assistants & Interns

Renewable Cities employs research assistants from across Simon Fraser University’s various faculties and from local and international institutions. If you are interested in joining the Renewable Cities team as a research assistant, intern, or volunteer, contact info@renewablecities.ca.


 Former Research Assistants & Interns


Craig Busch

Research Assistant

Having spent many a year traveling the world and exploring its plethora of options, Craig has come to appreciate the wonder and majesty of all that life has to offer. From his diverse array of hobbies and interests–including, but not limited to cycling, hiking, urban exploration, and travel–to his exploits at home and abroad, Craig is ever-searching for the next adventure.

Craig is currently undertaking his fifth and final year at Simon Fraser University studying Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Applied Biology. While passionate for nature, Craig has several other research interests, including sustainability, community engagement, and the intersection of nature and humanity.

Craig’s prior work and volunteer experience has primarily focused upon the fields of communications and education. It is Craig’s hope to one day become a practicing Urban Planner, incorporating his expertise in the natural environment with a deep appreciation for and understanding of the built environment.

Alexandra Doran

Research Assistant

Alexandra is originally from Halifax and graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2014 with an interdisciplinary Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies (BES). She is currently pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University, focusing on urban community development and green infrastructure design.

At the present time, Alexandra is most focused on exploring the means to which we as a society can help create more livable and socially and environmentally equitable cities. By approaching urban planning and design from a holistic, environmentally inclusive perspective, she believes we can maximize the resiliency and sustainability of both our natural and built environments.

Alexandra looks forward to working with Renewable Cities and Carbon Talks to help grow the platform for which innovative, creative, and alternative ideas can be presented and discussed.

SASKIA HUESCH

Research Assistant

Saskia is originally from Germany and has spent much time abroad, gaining insights into the complex relation between environment, economy, and society. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Management from Jönköping International Business School in Jönköping, Sweden and is planning to continue her studies within the field of sustainable development. Through her previous studies and international experience, Saskia has developed a strong interest in social innovation and sustainability and is fascinated by the interdisciplinary approaches supporting the transition to a more resilient and socially just future.

Benita Kangas

BENITA KANGAS

Communications Assistant

Benita Kangas is an international student from Sweden, doing her internship with Carbon Talks as a Communication Assistant. She has a bachelor in linguistics from Uppsala University and find public communication really interesting. She wrote her thesis about media analysis and appreciates how important it is to project your message in an accurate way in order to get people to listen. Benita loves the outdoor and cares for the environment and accessibility in both urban and non-urban areas. She is passionate about traveling and has been studying, working and volunteering in a number of countries.

Madi Kennedy

Research Assistant

Madi Kennedy is a second year Masters of Public Policy student at Simon Fraser University with a keen interest in environmental policy. She is specifically interested in issues related to sustainable urban development, and the innovative policy tools that cities are using to address climate change.

Madi’s experience working in non-profit organizations has fostered her passion for community engagement and her belief that community organizations are powerful vehicles for change. When Madi is not studying she enjoys getting out of the city to enjoy all that BC has to offer. Madi is also an avid international traveler; she loves the experience of new cultures, foods, and ways of life.

Kristin Johansson

Research Assistant

Kristin Johansson has a keen interest in sustainable cities and the environmental challenges they face in becoming one. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship within Building Technology (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden). Most recently, she worked as a project manager in Sweden’s construction industry, certified as the Swedish equivalent of a LEED Coordinator. Kristin enjoys outdoor activities where she can enjoy Metro Vancouver’s natural beauty, such as skiing, hiking, and sailing.

Lindsay Mcalpine

Lindsay McAlpine

Research Assistant

Lindsay McAlpine is passionate about creating dialogue about the environment. She is a 4th year geography major at SFU, specializing in resource policy and the environment. She is interested in sustainability, ecotourism and creating a world where the environment and communities work together to create a livable future.

Viktor Willmar

Research Assistant

Viktor is an international student from Germany, currently in his 5th semester of a human geography undergraduate degree at Ludwig Maximilian University.  Throughout his university career he has found an interest in city planning and has learned about the large impact cities have on the environment, including through climate change. Viktor enjoys being in nature and enjoys skiing, hiking, and soccer. It is through these pursuits that he found a passion for the environment and the effect humans have on it.

Viktor loves to travel so he can see as much as possible of the Earth and learn about other cultures and landscapes.

Alexandra Willmes

Research Assistant

Alexandra Willmes is an international student from Germany, doing her internship with Renewable Cities as a Research Assistant. She is a second year masters student of business chemistry at Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf from where she also holds a bachelors degree in Business Chemistry. Before completing her masters she will spend a semester in France to study business economics.

During her stay in Vancouver she enjoyed hiking BC’s trails and spent lots of time at the beach.