Ekaterina Rhodes (née Petropavlova) is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable energy management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Management from St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics (Russia) and a Master’s degree with Distinction in International Business from Aston University (UK). Ekaterina’s research focuses on the design of acceptable and effective climate change policies in Canada. To assess the likely acceptance of climate policies, Ekaterina uses survey techniques that are capable of revealing the dynamics of how people might respond to different policies over time. To predict the environmental and economic effectiveness of climate policies, Ekaterina uses energy-economy models that take into account human preferences and risks perceptions associated with purchasing new technologies.
Ekaterina is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and a recipient of graduate awards from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), the Canadian Association for Energy Economics (CAEE), and Sustainable Prosperity. In addition to her academic life, Ekaterina is a member of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association, the International Association for Energy Economics, and an alumnus of the world’s biggest student-run organization, AIESEC, that helps gifted students become successful leaders. In her free time, Ekaterina likes to cook, run, and enjoy the outdoors with her husband, Graham, and her dog, Monty.