International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable


Project Manager

Karla Zubrycki’s work in the Natural and Social Capital Program is focused on the topics of EcoHealth, water security, integrated water resources management, community sustainability indicators and the history of the Lake Winnipeg watershed.

She joined IISD after completing her Master’s thesis in which she explored the inclusion of civil society in news media coverage of Lake Winnipeg nutrient loading, and how patterns in coverage might affect good governance and democracy.

Ms. Zubrycki also uses skills gained during her time as a media practitioner to help develop outreach materials for the Natural and Social Capital Program. Prior to working at IISD, she was a communications assistant at Food Matters Manitoba, and a freelance writer for numerous publications, including various industry magazines, the Winnipeg Free Press and the Selkirk Journal.


  • Member, Manitoba Master Composter Network.


  • Degree in Communications (2006): University of Winnipeg/Red River Community College.
  • Master of Environmental Studies (2010): University of Waterloo.
Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Agricultural Investment: A sustainable development guidebook
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless, Darren Swanson, Avet Khachtryan, Carter Borden, Karla Zubrycki (March 28, 2014)
Water-Energy-Food Security: New Challenges and New Solutions for Water Management
Paper: Richard Lawford, Karla Zubrycki, Sina Marx, Henry David Venema (June 22, 2012)
EcoHealth: Health, Well-Being and Watersheds
Brochure: Karla Zubrycki, Henry David Venema (May 1, 2012)
Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project
Brochure: Richard Grosshans, Karla Zubrycki, Amanda Hope, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema (May 31, 2011)
Water Security in Canada: Responsibilities of the federal government
Paper: Karla Zubrycki, Dimple Roy, Henry David Venema, David B. Brooks (May 26, 2011)
Agricultural Participation in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Canada: Four case studies
Paper: Dimple Roy, Bryan Oborne, Karla Zubrycki, Rosemary Dohan, Henry David Venema (May 13, 2011)
Establishing a Foundation for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin
Paper: Vivek Voora, Robin Gislason, Karla Zubrycki, Sara Perlmutter (March 23, 2011)