People

Faculty
Core Faculty

Allison Macfarlane

Allison Macfarlane

Director, SPPGA

location_onLiu Institute for Global Issues

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources
Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane is Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs within the Faculty of Arts at UBC. Dr. Macfarlane has held both academic and government positions in the field of energy and environmental policy, especially nuclear policy. Most recently, she direc...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources

Candis Callison

Candis Callison

Associate Professor

Candis Callison is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous journalism, media, and public discourse, and an Associate Professor jointly appointed in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is also an associate faculty in the School of Jo...Read more

David Boyd

David Boyd

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Environment | Sustainability
Associate Professor David Boyd is jointly appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia. He is one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy and an...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Environment | Sustainability

George Hoberg

George Hoberg

Professor

phone604 822 3728
location_onLiu Building 205

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources
George Hoberg is a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in environmental and natural resource policy and governance. His research interests include environmental policy, energy policy, forest policy, and more genera...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources

Heidi Tworek

Heidi Tworek

Associate Professor; Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Areas of Expertise

Democracy | Governance
Dr. Heidi Tworek is a Canada Research Chair and associate professor of international history and public policy at UBC. She directs the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Her work examines history and policy around communications, particularly the effects of new media technologies on de...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Democracy | Governance

Hugh Gusterson

Hugh Gusterson

Professor

Areas of Expertise

Governance | Security
Professor Hugh Gusterson (PhD, Stanford University, 1991) is jointly appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Before coming to UBC in 2020, he taught at MIT, George Mason University, George Washing...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Governance | Security

Julian Dierkes

Julian Dierkes

Associate Professor; Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research

location_onC.K. Choi Building-271

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Democracy | Development | Governance
Julian Dierkes is Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research, and Coordinator, Program on Inner Asia, at the University of British Columbia. He serves as an Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate + Postdoctoral Studie...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Democracy | Development | Governance

Juliet Lu

Juliet Lu

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Business | Development | Environment
Juliet Lu is an Assistant Professor in the School for Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. She is a political ecologist focused on the implications of China’s growing investments in land and other resources in Sou...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Business | Development | Environment

Kai Ostwald

Kai Ostwald

Associate Professor; Director, Institute of Asian Research

phone604 822 8723
location_onC.K. Choi Building-224

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Kai Ostwald is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is also Director of the Institute of Asian Research and the Centre for Southeast Asian Research (CSEAR). His work is broadly on...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Kristen Hopewell

Kristen Hopewell

Professor; Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues

phone604-822-4687
location_onLiu Institute, Room 212

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Development | Economics | Environment | Governance
Kristen Hopewell is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Policy in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. She is also a former Director of the Centre for Chinese Research. Her research specializes in international trade, global go...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Development | Economics | Environment | Governance

Kyung-Ae Park

Kyung-Ae Park

Associate Professor; Director, Knowledge Partnership Program

phone604 822 2483
location_onC.K. Choi Building-263

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Professor Kyung-Ae Park is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and holds the Korea Foundation Chair at the Institute of Asian Research, the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a former President of the Association of Korean Political Studies in North America....Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

M. V. Ramana

M. V. Ramana

Professor; Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security

location_onRoom 313, Liu Institute for Global Issues

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources | Security
M. V. Ramana is Professor and Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), University of British Columbia. He is also Graduate Program Director of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program. His research intere...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources | Security

Matias Margulis

Matias Margulis

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5783
location_onLiu Institute 213

Areas of Expertise

Development | Governance | Sustainability
Matias Margulis is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research and teaching interests are in global governance, development, human rights, international law and food policy. He has prev...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Development | Governance | Sustainability

Maxwell Cameron

Maxwell Cameron

Professor

Areas of Expertise

Democracy
Professor Maxwell A. Cameron (Ph.D., California, Berkeley, 1989) is  jointly appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and Political Science. He is the former Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) and the former Acting Director of t...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Democracy

Milind Kandlikar

Milind Kandlikar

Professor

phone604 822 5918
location_onLiu Building 101B

Areas of Expertise

Sustainability
Milind Kandlikar is Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES). He is the former Director of IRES and his work focuses on the intersection of technology innovation, human development and the global enviro...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Sustainability

Moura Quayle

Moura Quayle

Professor and Founding Director

phone604-827-5311
location_onRoom 101C, Liu Institute for Global Issues

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Design/Leadership
Moura is Professor and founding Director of UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (2017-2019), the former Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and teaches in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program. She was appointed Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, ...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Design/Leadership

Nadja Kunz

Nadja Kunz

Assistant Professor

phone604 822 9782
location_onLiu Building 210

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources
Nadja Kunz is Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship (NSERC, Tier 2), jointly appointed across the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering (NBK) at the University of British Columbia. T...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources

Navin Ramankutty

Navin Ramankutty

Professor

phone604 827 1745
location_onLiu Building 201B
Navin Ramankutty is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Data Science for Sustainable Global Food Systems at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), University of British Columbia. He also serves as...Read more

Philippe Le Billon

Philippe Le Billon

Professor

phone604 822 9935
location_onLiu Building 207

Areas of Expertise

Development | Environment | Security
Philippe Le Billon is Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and at the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. His research engages with the environment-development-security nexus, including climate change, ocean governance, extractive sectors, and confli...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Development | Environment | Security

Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila

Professor

Rashid Sumaila is Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics, Tier 1 and Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). Dr. Sumaila specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the anal...Read more

Sara Shneiderman

Sara Shneiderman

Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director, MPPGA program; Co-Lead, Himalaya Program, IAR

location_onC.K. Choi Building 229
Sara Shneiderman is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Sara is a sociocultural anthropologist whose current research focuses on community resilience and disaster governance in the face ...Read more

Sheryl Lightfoot

Sheryl Lightfoot

Professor

phone604 827 0712
location_onLiu Institute 216B

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous Politics
Sheryl Lightfoot is Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and Professor with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science, and First Nations and Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. As one of the world’s experts in...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Indigenous Politics

Tara Cookson

Tara Cookson

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Development | Gender
Tara Patricia Cookson is Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Gender, Development, and Global Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia. Tara is also an Associate Member of UBC's Geography Department. She uses eth...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Development | Gender

Tarun Khanna

Tarun Khanna

Assistant Professor

Tarun M. Khanna is an Assistant Professor with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and a visiting researcher at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin. His research interests focus on energy and climate policy. Dr. Khanna studied economic...Read more

Timothy Cheek

Timothy Cheek

Professor; Co-Director, Centre for Chinese Research, IAR; Louis Cha Chair

phone604 822 4688
location_onC.K. Choi Building 254

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Timothy Cheek is a Professor with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of History, Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research, and C0-Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research (IAR). He has been a professor at UBC since 2002, teaching in the IAR...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Tricia Logan

Tricia Logan

She/Her

Assistant Professor

Tricia Logan is jointly appointed at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is also the interim Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC. Tricia is a Métis scholar with more than 20 years ...Read more

Tsering Shakya

Tsering Shakya

Associate Professor; Co-Lead, Himalaya Program, IAR

location_onC.K. Choi Building-281

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Tsering Shakya is Associate Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the Institute for Asian Research, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. He is co-lead of the Himalaya Program. Tsering is a widely publi...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Veena Sriram

Veena Sriram

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Global Health | Governance
Veena Sriram is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Global Health Policy, with a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia. Her research sits at the in...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Global Health | Governance
Affiliated Faculty

Antje Ellermann

Antje Ellermann

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Migration
Antje Ellermann is a member of the MPPGA Teaching Faculty, an Associate Professor of Political Science (Comparative Politics), and Director of the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is also the founder and Co-Director of the UBC Migration Resear...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Migration

Atieh Razavi Yekta

Atieh Razavi Yekta

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Migration
Atieh RAZAVI YEKTA has been actively involved in both research and teaching appointments within the Faculties of Arts and Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for the past seven years. She plays a role in co-supervising capstone projects in the Master of Occupational Therapy program ...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Migration

Chris Tenove

Chris Tenove

Assistant Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions; Research Associate and Instructor

Areas of Expertise

Democracy
Chris Tenove is a Research Associate and Instructor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the Assistant Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI). He has held teaching and research positions in UBC’s Political Science department and Global Reporting Ce...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Democracy

Don Baker

Don Baker

Co-Director, Centre for Korean Research

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Dr. Don Baker is Professor of Korean civilization in the UBC Department of Asian Studies and the Co-director of the Centre for Korean Research at SPPGA. He’s been involved with Korea since 1971, when he began three years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southwestern city of Gwangju. He...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Douglas Ober

Douglas Ober

Honorary Research Associate, Centre for India and South Asia Research, IAR

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Douglas Ober is an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He is a historian of South Asia, Buddhism, and colonialism. With more than ...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Emrul Hasan

Emrul Hasan

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Economics
Emrul Hasan is a member of the MPPGA Teaching Faculty and a Lecturer at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, where he teaches Macroeconomics, Econometrics, International Trade, and International Finance. He has also taught economics and finance courses at Simon Fraser University and the British...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Economics

Grace Jaramillo

Grace Jaramillo

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Grace Jaramillo is a sessional instructor with the UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program. Her research tackles one of the long-standing issues of development: industrial and trade policy in the Global South and its capacity to help or hinder vulnerable population out of poverty. Imm...Read more

Jack Hayes

Jack Hayes

Honorary Research Associate

Dr. Jack Patrick Hayes is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Chinese Research (CCR), the Institute of Asian Research at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Jack teaches in the History Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he teaches modern Chinese and Japa...Read more

John Roosa

John Roosa

Director, Centre for South East Asia Research

phone604 822 5175

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Dr. John Roosa is Professor at the Department of History and the Director of the Centre for South East Asia Research at UBC. His research centres around the themes of Nationalism, Imperialism, and Oral history. His most recent book project Buried Histories: The Anticommunist Massacres of 1965-66 in ...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Mark Turin

Mark Turin

Interim Editor Pacific Affairs; Co-Lead, Himalaya Program, IAR

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Mark Turin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, the Interim Editor of Pacific Affairs (2023-24) and Co-Lead of UBC’s Himalaya Program. He writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, language endangerment, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology, and is a regular BBC prese...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Michael Huenefeld

Michael Huenefeld

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

His professional experience encompasses a variety of roles, including work in post-secondary teaching, operations management, policy analysis, and financial services. He has taught business and management courses at several local universities and colleges, such as Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen P...Read more

Michael Small

Michael Small

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources | Governance
Michael Small is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty Lead for the Global Policy Project, and a member of the MPPGA Teaching Faculty at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. He spent 33 years as a career diplomat and senior executive in the Canadian Foreign Service. He joined the Department o...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Resources | Governance

Nathan Bennett

Nathan Bennett

Honorary Research Associate

Dr. Nathan Bennett (nathanbennett.ca) is an Honorary Research Associate at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. He is a researcher, a teacher, a facilitator and an independent consultant who works for various non-governmental, academic, and philanthropic organizations. He has pub...Read more

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Paul Evans (PhD with distinction Dalhousie University 1982) retired from UBC in June 2023 after 43 years of university teaching. He is currently Professor Emeritus. His academic appointments have been as follows: Assistant Professor, Acadia University, 1980-81 Assistant, Associate and P...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Peg Fong

Peg Fong

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Business
Peg Fong is a journalist and an instructor at Sauder where she teaches COMM courses. She is the Vancouver correspondent for The Economist and was a staff reporter at The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun and the CBC. She created and hosted the international podcast Alone Together: A Curiou...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Business

Priti Narayan

Priti Narayan

Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research; Asa and Kashmir (A&K) Johal Chair of Indian Research

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Urban Studies
Dr. Priti Narayan is Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) and the Asa and Kashmir (A&K) Johal Chair of Indian Research. Her home department is Geography. Her research and teaching interests center around urban processes and politics, particularly in India. Her long-te...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Urban Studies

Qiang Fu

Qiang Fu

Co-Director, Centre for Chinese Research

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Dr. Qiang Fu is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Co-Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the University of British Columbia. His research projects focus on a variety of topics including social and discursive construction of Chinese history, everyday life in Chinese cities, and poli...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Richard Paisley

Richard Paisley

Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Areas of Expertise

Development | Energy & Resources
Richard Paisley is an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. He is a practicing lawyer and the Director of the Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative at UBC. Richard’s current research, teaching, gra...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Development | Energy & Resources

Sean Darling

Sean Darling

MPPGA Teaching Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Economics
Dr. Sean Darling is a member of the MPPGA teaching faculty. He has over 28 years’ experience in the BC public service having worked in seventeen progressively senior positions from Research Officer to Executive Director across ten government agencies. Sean has been working for the past decade faci...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Economics

Seth Klein

Seth Klein

Honorary Research Associate

Seth is the Team Lead and Director of Strategy with the Climate Emergency Unit (a 5-year project of the David Suzuki Institute). Prior to that, he served for 22 years as the founding director of the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canada’s foremost so...Read more

Steven Lee

Steven Lee

Co-Director of Centre for Korean Research

Areas of Expertise

Asia
Steven Lee is co-director of the Centre for Korean Research at IAR. He is Associate Professor in the Department of History where he teaches courses on Twentieth Century Global History, Twentieth Century Korea, and the International Relations of the Great Powers. His research concentrates on inter...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia

Yves Tiberghien

Yves Tiberghien

Director, Centre for Japanese Research, IAR; Konwakai Chair

phone604-822-4688

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Governance
Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002; Harvard Academy Scholar 2006; Fulbright Scholar 1996) is a Professor of Political Science, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research (IAR), Faculty Associate with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Co-Director of the Center...Read more

Areas of Expertise

Asia | Governance