For the last decade, she’s worked on environmental justice and sustainability issues related to climate change, extractive industries, Indigenous Peoples and communities in Sierra Leone, Peru, occupied Palestine, The Gambia, Europe and Canada.
Larissa holds an interdisciplinary Masters of Philosophy in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from the SUM Centre at the University of Oslo, where her work focused a political ecology lens on applications of indigenous consultation (FPIC) and deliberative-discursive democracy. While in Norway, she was on the Executive Council of the Arne Naess Chair, spoke at numerous Oslo Sustainability Symposia, and researched for The Lancet Commission on Global Governance (Political Determinants) of Health. She has written articles in French, Norwegian, and Swedish publications, was involved with a book on climate psychology and communications, and co-authored a chapter in FirstWorld Petro-Politics.
On returning to Canada, Larissa was conference coordinator and research manager for Parkland Institute (U of Alberta), and Energy and Climate Campaigner for Sierra Club BC.