Ralph Matthews

Wall Associate


Professor Emeritus







Geographic Location


Ralph Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, currently focusses on issues of social capital, community resilience, and sustainable resource development. He is the Principal Investigator of the Resilient Communities Project. He studies issues of risk perception, social constructions of knowledge and the environment related to aquaculture and the social aspects of climate- change adaptation. He is involved in co-management of climate change in coastal communities and the City of Whitehorse Climate Change and Institutional Adaptive Capacity Project.

Primary Recipient Awards

Ralph Matthews – Catalyst Emeriti – 2022

The Wall Catalyst Emeriti cohort meets monthly to share research experience and engage with guest lecturers on the topic of the Climate and Nature Emergency. They will generate op-ed pieces and/or manifestos in the public media and, where possible, reinforce local initiatives relevant to ameliorating environmental change impacts.

The cohort also engages with the general membership of the UBC Emeritus College by contributing to the College’s general programming which is also open to the general public.