Ashvin Ramasamy joined the Ecologic Institute from August 2014 until July 2015 as a Transatlantic Fellow. His academic interests included trans-border environmental assessment, arctic development, urban redevelopment, and sustainability policy. He speaks English, French, and Creole fluently.
Ashvin was associated with the project NETwork for GREEN Economy Indicators (NETGREEN). By creating a network of decision makers with scientists that are shaping the green economy, NETGREEN provides data resting on economic indicators to facilitate policy making. The project is supported by European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), a development tool for assessing the suitability of green economy and sustainable development indicators. In addition, Ashvin was assisting with the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Project, a research effort with the aim to refine and implement environmental monitoring for assessing the impacts veterinary pharmaceuticals have on environmental resources.
Through his graduate studies Ashvin had the opportunity to develop policy tools for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). He assisted survey efforts within a multi-partner project in tightening international regulation of invasive alien species (IAS). His Bachelor's internship focused on a comprehensive traffic impact assessment of the relocation of a medical service facility in Montreal. Later on, Ashvin undertook research assistant work at Concordia University (Canada) in various capacities, including the study of a potential international treaty for the protection of ecological resources against invasive alien species (IAS). Other research work drew from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), with the focus on evaluating the performance of national and sub-national initiatives to curb the unwanted effects of desertification.
Ashvin completed a Master of Environment in Environmental Assessment at Concordia University as well. The information gathered helped Ashvin frame his Master’s paper on three deleterious species having significant socioeconomic, ecological, and management consequences. He did a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning at Concordia University with an academic focus on urban redevelopment and barrier removal. Ashvin received distinction honours and ranked among top graduating students, in his undergraduate and graduate programs, respectively.