News Compilation: September 2023


September 29, 2023
SOCIAL NORMS, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT: A Review of Research and Practice
Co-author and SPPGA Prof. Tara Cookson navigates the intricate landscape of social norms in global development. Learn why a diverse, nuanced approach is key and discover the challenges in measuring transformative change. via UN Women

September 29, 2023
UBC researcher awarded the prestigious Prince Albert I medal from the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco
Congratulations to Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries) for receiving the 2023 Albert I Grand Medal from the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco. His interdisciplinary approach to economics is shaping the future of ocean sustainability.

September 28, 2023
Hugh Gusterson: “We Have to Find A Way to Make the World Feel Secure”
Prof. Hugh Gusterson (SPPGA, Department of Anthropology) engages in a thought-provoking discussion in the PKU Financial Review, shedding light on the current global nuclear threat and the complexities of nuclear energy in the face of climate change.

September 27, 2023
Extreme heat, extreme inequality: Addressing climate justice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Explore the intersection of climate impacts and social vulnerability in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with Tim Linsell, MPPGA alum, in Conversation Canada. How can universities drive transformative climate policies? Take a read.

September 27, 2023
Associations, unions and everything in between: contextualising the role of representative health worker organisations in policy
How do health worker organizations influence global health policies? Co-author and Prof. Veena Sriram (SPPGA, School of Population and Public Health) delves into this critical inquiry in BMJ Global Health. Join the discourse on reshaping health workforce engagement.

September 22, 2023
Canada needs to accelerate its transition to renewable energy
“If we want to address climate change in an equitable way, countries such as Canada have to step up and reduce their emissions rapidly,” say co-authors Jixiang Wang (SPPGA) and Prof. M.V. Ramana (SPPGA). Discover how Canada can take the lead in clean energy solutions in their his thought-provoking piece. via Policy Options

September 21, 2023
Nuclear power and environmental justice
Co-author and Prof. M.V. Ramana (SPPGA) challenges the climate narrative surrounding nuclear energy in the WIREs. Dive into the complex relationship between nuclear power and environmental justice.

September 21, 2023
We Must Raise the Cost of Taking Americans Hostage: Opinion
Co-author and Prof. Vina Nadjibulla (SPPGA) sheds light on the complexities of state hostage-taking in her latest op-ed for Newsweek. Her insights into the need for collective action to address this global challenge are both enlightening and thought-provoking.

September 20, 2023
Women’s participation in the mining industry: Tracing the business case across APEC countries
Co-author and Prof. Nadja C. Kunz (SPPGA, N.B.K. Institute of Mining Engineering) sheds light on gender equity in the mining industry, going beyond the ‘business case’ approach. via ScienceDirect

September 19, 2023
Opinion: We need to strengthen democracy across all levels of government
Strengthening democracy begins with dialogue and collaboration. Co-author and Prof. Max Cameron (SPPGA, Department of Political Science) explore citizens’ concerns and potential solutions in this thought-provoking op-ed. via BIV News

September 14, 2023
Tumult in the Trading System: The China Paradox, Declining US Institutional Power, and the Crisis at the WTO from Part III – China and Global Trade Governance
SPPGA Prof. Kristen Hopewell unravels the complexities of China’s rise and its impact on the multilateral trading system. Dive into the insightful analysis in the Cambridge University Press.

September 11, 2023
Social media opposition to the 2022/2023 UK nurse strikes
Prof. Veena Sriram, (SPPGA, School of Population and Public Health) co-author of this groundbreaking research provides valuable insights into misconceptions about nursing and patient harm, shedding light on societal discourses influencing public opinion. via Wiley Online Library

Media Mentions

September 28, 2023
Human Rights Council Discusses Issues Concerning Indigenous Peoples with the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Prof. Sheryl Lightfoot’s (SPPGA, Department of Political Science, First Nations and Indigenous Studies) work at the Expert Mechanism is integral to understanding the impact of militarisation on Indigenous Peoples’ rights. via UNOHCHR

September 25, 2023
Joint action urged to protect fishing areas
Collaboration is the key to sustainable fishing. Prof. Rashid Sumaila’s (SPPGA, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries) insights in China Daily discusses how West Africa and China are working together to combat overfishing and pollution.

September 24, 2023
The West Block – Episode 2, Season 13
Join the conversation on international diplomacy as we navigate Canada’s diplomatic challenges with India. Prof. Vina Nadjibulla (SPPGA) provides valuable insights in this Global News article.

September 24, 2023
Explained: The Fukushima N-wastewater controversy
The release of Fukushima’s treated water raises significant concerns, according to Prof. M.V. Ramana (SPPGA). In The Hindu, he delves into the potential environmental impacts.

September 22, 2023
When two opposing B.C. MLAs were targeted with death threats, they worked together to stop it
Prof. Heidi Tworek’s (SPPGA, Department of History) insightful interview with Vancouver Sun sheds light on the pressing need for enhanced protections against online harassment.

September 21, 2023
ANALYSIS: Feds Just Putting on a ‘Show’ in Calling Out Grocers, Says Economist
Prof. Matias E. Margulis (SPPGA, Faculty of Land and Food Systems) joins the conversation on food prices and policies in The Epoch Times. Discover expert insights on this pressing issue.

September 20, 2023
Canada’s India allegation puts U.S. in ‘difficult’ spot as it seeks deeper ties
Exploring the nuances of international diplomacy, Prof. Vina Nadjibulla (SPPGA) offers insights into the evolving global landscape in this Global News piece.

September 19, 2023
Strained ties between India, Canada hit ‘new low’ after after accusation of Sikh leader’s murder
Explore the intricate backstory of Canada-India diplomatic tensions with insights from Prof. Vina Nadjibulla (SPPGA). An informed perspective on the evolving situation. via CNA

September 15, 2023
The Nuclear Option – Podcast
Explore insights from Dr. Allison Macfarlane, Director of UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, on the future of nuclear energy in a recent discussion hosted by Climate One.

September 14, 2023
Kim Jong-un’s Summit Diplomacy Season Two Begins… Knowledge Diplomacy Also Deserves Attention
Prof. Kyung-Ae Park comments on the resumption of Kim Jong-un’s summit diplomacy and the importance of knowledge diplomacy. via The JoongAng Ilbo

September 13, 2023
‘Interwar World’ examines how global extremism and cultural transformation of last century shaped today’s society
Delve into the history of “The Interwar World” by Prof. Heidi Tworek (SPPGA, Department of History) and Prof. Andrew Denning (University of Kansas). Explore its profound impact on today’s global challenges and gain insights into our interconnected world. via KU News

September 11, 2023
Can small modular reactors at chemical plants save nuclear energy?
Prof. M.V. Ramana (SPPGA) explores the potential of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in revolutionizing clean energy for chemical industry in a recent article by C&EN.

September 7, 2023
Greenpeace opposes nuclear energy. Young climate activists say that’s ‘old-fashioned’
Is nuclear energy a viable solution to the climate crisis? Prof. M.V. Ramana (SPPGA) shares his expertise in this CBC article, shedding light on the risks and rewards of this controversial energy source.

September 6, 2023
Making waste part of the nuclear discussion
The radioactive waste challenge demands attention. SPPGA Director Allison Macfarlane speaks to Axios to shed light on why addressing this issue is crucial for our sustainable energy future.

September 3, 2023
CHANGE MAKERS: The Global Race to Save Our Seas Trailer
Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries) urges us to join the race for ocean sustainability. The WTO has set the stage for history. “Change Makers: The Global Race to Save Our Seas” trailer is out now!