Hema is a Liu Scholar and a PhD Candidate in Political Science majoring in International Relations. Supervised by Professor Michael Byers, her research focuses on the increasing use of soft law instruments and their influence on inter-state relations in regions such as the Arctic, Antarctic, and Outer Space. Her projects include the study of political processes translating scientific knowledge into international policy and cooperative management. Originally from Singapore, she also examines the role of the island city-state in the Arctic.
Hema has a Master of Environment from the Australian National University where she specialized in Climate Change Policy and Economics, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Geography and Geology. Prior to joining UBC, she worked from the Singapore government’s National Parks Board.