Lisa Brunner is a Liu Scholar and PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research focuses on immigration and higher education policies, internationalization, and ethics. She is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, and active dreamer for possible futures.
Lisa has professional experience advising international university students, using geographic information systems (GIS) to map government-assisted refugee settlement, developing cultural orientation training materials, and teaching English as an additional language. She has worked on a variety of migration and settlement-related research and curriculum development projects with the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington DC, Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, and Continuing Studies programming at both UBC and SFU. She was a Radio Expeditions internship through a partnership with National Public Radio and National Geographic in Washington DC.
Lisa holds a BA in Literature and Political Science with Certificates in Women’s Studies and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Geography from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, and a Certificate in Immigration from the UBC. From 2007-2008 she held a Fulbright grant at Bilkent University in Ankara, studying in the Department of Communication and Design and teaching at the School of English Language.
Supervisor: Dr. Vanessa Andreotti
Selected doctoral awards: Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, Killam Doctoral Scholarship, Killam-Donald N. Byers Memorial Prize
Please get in touch if you are interested in collaborating, particularly on projects involving (1) Canadian immigration law/policy analysis, and (2) arts-based research (e.g. creative writing and radio/audio-recording/music).