Nadja Kunz is an Assistant Professor and NSERC Tier II Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship at The University of British Columbia, where she is jointly appointed across the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs and the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering. Nadja is also the Water Stewardship theme leader for the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining.
The overarching goal of Nadja’s research program at UBC is to quantify and mitigate the risks associated with the mining sector’s use of water from the perspective of diverse actors including companies, investors, governments, Indigenous rights-holders and communities. Nadja adopts an interdisciplinary toolkit, ranging from the development of engineering and geospatial models to anticipate potential water-related risks, to qualitative field and interview research to identify the constraints and opportunities for transitioning the mining sector towards more sustainable water and waste management practices.
Prior to joining UBC, Nadja spent 2 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eawag Aquatic Research Institute in Switzerland and consulted as a Water Specialist for the International Finance Corporation within the World Bank Group. Nadja holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering (2013) and a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Management (2007) from The University of Queensland in Australia. She also has engineering experience across a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, and pulp and paper.