Within IISD's Climate Change and Energy Program, Jo-Ellen Parry utilizes her broad knowledge of climate change, natural resource management and community development in her various roles as researcher, project manager, network coordinator and program manager. Her recent research and project management work has focused on the intersection of developing countries, adaptation to the effects of climate change, and establishment of a post-2012 climate regime. She has also explored how the clean development mechanism can be altered to improve its contribution to the sustainable development of developing countries.
Within Canada, Ms. Parry coordinates activities of the KyotoSmart Network, an initiative that brings together Canadian industry, labor, NGO and provincial government representatives. She also undertakes selected policy research for the Manitoba government to foster efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in this province. As Program Manager, Ms. Parry also coordinate the activities of IISD’s ten member Climate Change and Energy team, including outreach, new project development and financial management.
She undertook a secondment from IISD to the Canadian International Development Agency’s Policy Branch in 2002. While there she primarily worked on climate change issue related to the least developed countries, including organization of the first workshop of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group and publication of the annotated NAPA guidelines.
Prior to joining IISD, Ms. Parry held several research positions with various academic, NGO and private organizations, and worked internationally in Ghana and Pakistan. She holds a Masters in Environmental Studies, specializing in Community-based Natural Resource Management, from York University, and a Bachelor Science in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba.