The Resource Economics Project is a special research desk staffed by award-winning journalist and researcher Ben Parfitt. This environmental justice initiative looks into the causes of economic and social insecurity in BC’s resource-dependent communities. It offers policy solutions aimed at meeting the joint challenges of environmental sustainability, jobs and social justice.
The project has focused on issues such as environmental tax shifting; the economics of fish farms, raw log exports and offshore oil development; Kyoto Accord implementation that provides transition supports for energy workers; BC's response to the pine beetle infestation; forestry agreements between the provincial government and First Nations; and more.
Ben is also a key contributor to the CCPA's Climate Justice Project.