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Jordan Levine
Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: Liu Institute 101c

Jordan Levine is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues and at the Mountain Societies Research Institute ( at the University of Central Asia (UCA). 

He completed his doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC, where he was supported by the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture ( 

His thesis applied cognitive anthropological methods to the field of sustainable development. Specifically, he developed new techniques for eliciting and representing multiple stakeholders' mental models of contested spaces, in order to help indigenous communities, non-indigenous residents, and government officials better co-manage UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 

Jordan was co-supervised by Dr Terre Satterfield and Dr Kai Chan of IRES.

Dr Chan's lab blog is viewable here:


Jordan's current research project focuses on mountainous post-Soviet regions. He is working with local partners to test new technology and data-collection techniques that can help rural communities in Kyrgyzstan improve their pasture management systems. 

With UBC and UCA colleagues, Jordan is also co-developing a research agenda for the Mountain Societies Research Institute, which aims to address a range of development challenges in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the wider CIS region.

Jordan is supervised in this position by UBC's Dr Hisham Zerriffi.


Jordan is also co-founder of UBC's International Development Research Network (, and produces multimedia content for select educational and NGO partners:

See Jordan's latest UBC Centennial-funded media project with the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture, here:

RECENT PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS | in reverse chronological order

Levine, J., M. Muthukrishna, K. M. A. Chan and T. Satterfield. (2015) “Theories of the Deep: combining salience and network analyses to produce mental model visualizations of a coastal British Columbia foodweb.” Ecology and Society 20 (4).

Levine, J., K. M. A. Chan and T. Satterfield. (2015) “From Rational Actor to Efficient Complexity Manager: exorcising the ghost of Homo economicus with a unified synthesis of cognition research.” Ecological Economics 114: 22-32

Levine, J., T. Satterfield and K. M. A. Chan. (2015) “The Salient Moustache and the Silent Majority: cognition, culture and (un)sustainable development in the Mt. Carmel UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.” World Development; submitted.

Russell, R., A. D. Guerry, P. Balvanera, R. K. Gould, X. Basurto, K. M.A. Chan, S. Klain, J. Levine, J. Tam. (2013) “Humans and Nature: How Knowing and Experiencing Nature Affect Well-Being.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 38, 473-502.

Raymond, C. M., G. Singh, K. Benessaiah, J. R. Bernhardt, J. Levine, H. Nelson, N. J. Turner, B. Norton, J. Tam, K. M. A. Chan. (2013) “Ecosystem Services and Beyond: Using Multiple Metaphors to Understand Human-Environment Relationships.” BioScience 67 (7), 536-546.

Ban, N., M. Mills, J. Tam, C. Hicks, S. Klain, N. Stoeckl, M. Bottrill, J. Levine, R. Pressey, T. Satterfield, and K. M. A. Chan. (2013) “A social-ecological approach for conservation planning: embedding social considerations.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11, 194-202.

Satz, D., K. Chan, A. Guerry, S. Klain, P. Balvenera, T. Satterfield, X. Basurto, A. Bostrom, R. Chuenpagdee, R. Gould, B. Halpern, N. Hannahs, J. Levine, B. Norton, M. Ruckelshaus, R. Russell, J. Tam, and U. Woodside. (2013) “The Challenges of Incorporating Cultural Ecosystem Services into Environmental Assessment.” Ambio 42, 675-684.

Chan, K., A. Guerry, S. Klain, P. Balvenera, T. Satterfield, X. Basurto, A. Bostrom, R. Chuenpagdee, R. Gould, B. Halpern, N. Hannahs, J. Levine, B. Norton, M. Ruckelshaus, R. Russell, J. Tam, and U. Woodside. (2012) “Where are 'Cultural' and 'Social' in Ecosystem Services? A Framework for Constructive Engagement.” BioScience. 62 (8), 744-756. 

Levine, J. and K. M. A. Chan. (2011) "Global human dependence on ecosystem services." in Ecosystem Services and Global Trade in Natural Resources: Ecology, economics and policies, ed. Thomas Koellner. Routledge: New York. 

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