Dana James

Dana is a PhD student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. She is also the co-founder of UBC’s Food Systems Network, supported by the Liu Institute and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. Broadly, her research interests center on pathways to sustainable agricultural development and food sovereignty. Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Hannah Wittman, will investigate the determinants of agroecological production in Brazil, as well as barriers and enabling factors that affect farmers’ uptake of agroecological management practices. Her studies are supported by a UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship and the International Tuition Award.

Dana graduated from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College in 2013 with dual degrees in Environmental Resource Management and Community, Environment, and Development and dual minors in International Agriculture and Water Resources. She was granted a 2013 US-UK Fulbright award to attend Newcastle University, where she completed her MPhil in Geography. Her prior experience includes consulting for the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to improve knowledge sharing amongst agricultural development practitioners; working as a Research Associate on a USAID-funded project assessing Cambodia’s agricultural training and education system; and conducting research on the effects of climate and land use change on a keystone tree species in Spain under a National Science Foundation grant.

Select Awards and Scholarships:

  • Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship, UBC (2016-2020)
  • International Tuition Award, UBC (2016)
  • Fulbright Scholar, US-UK Fulbright Commission (2013-2014)
  • Mobility Fund Award, Santander (2014)
  • Future Leader Award, Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (2013)
  • Reddy Mission Award, Schreyer Honors College (2013)

Email: dana.james@ubc.ca