August 15, 2017
Dr. Ken Wilkening joined the International Studies Department in 2000. He went on to become Chair of International Studies in 2007. As a researcher, Ken focused on questions of the science-policy interface of international/global environmental problems, especially related to the atmosphere. His book, Acid Rain Science and the Politics of Japan: A History of Knowledge and Action Toward Sustainability (MIT Press, 2004) is a key contribution to the field of global environmental politics. His commitment to sustainability was also expressed locally as he was actively involved in the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the Green University Committee, and the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable. He was an award winning teacher, having won the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, and was nominated an additional three times. And last but definitely not least, Ken was an outstanding colleague and department chair. Collaboration, kindness, balance and collegiality were the hallmarks of his leadership and he will be missed.