Johannus (John) Janmaat

John Janmatt Profile

About Me

It took me a while to sort out my academic interests, wandering through a variety of sciences – physics, mathematics, ecology and genetics – before settling down in UBC’s agriculture program. Two degrees in Agricultural Economics followed by an MBA kept me out of the real world long enough that academia seemed like the right path. I earned my Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 2002, concentrating in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Econometrics. I moved to the Okanagan campus of UBC from Acadia University in 2007, and have held a research chair in Water Resources and Environmental Sustainability since January 2012. I spent my youth on a dairy farm in Chilliwack, with those agricultural roots continuing to influence my research and personal interests. I like to literally get my hands dirty, and my students, colleagues and friends have enjoyed(?) some of the surplus I grow as one of my hobbies. The rest of those hobbies typically involve trying to get an endorphin high in the outdoors – hiking, running, cycling, ski touring, mountaineering, … Fishing, bird watching and golf don’t (yet) seem to do it for me.

Research Interests

Seeking to understand how people and institutions make decisions in complex social ecological systems broadly captures my research interests. Within the Okanagan, we live with the highest concentration of rate and endangered species in Canada, one of Canada’s highest rates of per capita water use, in a watershed with one of Canada’s lowest per capita sustainable water supplies, with among the highest rates of population growth rates in our country. I am interested in finding ways protect and enhance the special things about this place that make it great to live here. That starts with understanding what drives individual and collective choices, and continues by investigating how to align those incentives with long term sustainability goals.

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Dr. Johannus (John) Janmaat
LEEF Chair in Water Resources and Environmental Sustainability
Associate Professor of Economics
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
University of British Columbia Okanagan
ART 231 - 3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

Tel: 250-807-8021