We foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary engagement with research partners and community stakeholders on a local, national and global scale to combat today’s complex environment of urgent threats to sustainability, massive shifts in technology and growing systemic risk.
In addition to our four institutes and centres that serve as catalysts for research and engagement with the policy community around the world, we support numerous other partnerships and initiatives at SPPGA.
As an interdisciplinary hub for innovation and learning, the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) draws on the expertise of University institutes, research centres and faculties, and invites collaboration with local and global communities.
The partnerships we foster across campus support mutual goals in pursuit of transformative student learning, research excellence, engagement with indigenous communities while we integrate UBC-wide themes of innovation, collaboration and inclusion.
A founding partner of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program, IRES continues to be a valued campus partner as a well-recognized interdisciplinary research institute with interest and expertise in the environment and sustainability.
Three SPPGA faculty members are jointly appointed between SPPGA and IRES. We also cross-list MPPGA courses with IRES, which offers interdisciplinary graduate studies through The Resources, Environment and Sustainability graduate program at both the Master and PhD levels.
We work closely with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office on matters relating to admission, awards, and marketing of SPPGA’s flagship program, the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program.
We have worked closely with the Allard School of Law to collaborate on events that benefit both SPPGA and Law students and faculty. One example was the Nowhere People project, a 10-year investigation that documents the lives of stateless individuals and communities around the world.
We regularly partner on sustainability-related events with PICS such as a discussion with Karen Mahon Carrington on "Hope vs Hopium – Is There a Role for Hope in the Climate Era?" and with Richard Kinley, former Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, on the Paris Agreement.
PICS is a dynamic knowledge network that brings together leading researchers from B.C. and around the world to study the impacts of climate change and to develop positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation.
SPPGA and the International Student Development office, along with the UBC WUSC Program, have been collaborating since 2016 in a working group of UBC and community partners to host an annual symposium on refugee and migration issues.
WUSC students have featured prominently in event planning, promotion, speaking and moderating discussions.
SPPGA and UBC’s Migration Research Excellence Cluster members have partnered together in a working group of UBC and community partners to host an annual symposium on refugee and migration issues.
Bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, the UBC Migration Cluster seeks to understand and engage in debate about the drivers and consequences of international migration through research, education, and outreach.
The City of Vancouver is renowned for its innovative programs in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity.
SPPGA and the City of Vancouver have partnered together in various ways: In a working group of UBC and community partners to host an annual symposium on refugee and migration since 2016; on the Resilient Cities Policy Challenge in 2017; as a MPPGA Global Policy Project client in 2018 and 2019; and as the host for municipal politics discussions and simulations as part of CSDI's annual Institute for Future Legislators.
SPPGA and MOSAIC have partnered together in a working group of UBC and community partners to host an annual symposium on refugee and migration issues.
Various UBC students have engaged in research projects to fill gaps identified by MOSAIC’s frontline staff and managers.
MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.
SPPGA and AMSSA have partnered together in a working group of UBC and community partners to host an annual symposium on refugee and migration issues.
AMSSA is a provincial association that strengthens its member agencies and stakeholders, who serve newcomers and build culturally inclusive communities, with the knowledge, resources and support they need to fulfill their mandates.
SPPGA and Options Community Services Society have partnered together in a working group of UBC and community partners to host an annual symposium on refugee and migration issues.
Options is a non-profit society and registered charity dedicated to making a difference.
SPPGA engages regularly with Global Affairs Canada. GAC is as a Co-op employer as part of our MPPGA Arts Co-op Program, an employer of our MPPGA graduates, and has acted as a client in the MPPGA program’s Global Policy Project.
GAC is the department in the Government of Canada that manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage the country's international trade, and to lead Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance.
The MPPGA program office has signed a three-year agreement with the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC) to send up to four first year MPPGA student interns to participate in the United Nations Association of Canada International Development and Diplomacy Internship program (IDDIP) during the summer between Year 1 and Year 2. Students work as Junior Professional Consultants with a UN agency in locations around the world.
Established in 1946, the United Nations Association in Canada aims to educate and engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical international issues that affect us all.
SPPGA established this network to bring together directors from the eight policy schools in Canada for the first time.
Directors have discussed a range of topics including policy program offerings, student recruitment, student demographics, school priorities, and other matters.
The schools represented include:
- School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University
- Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
- The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
- Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
- MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Dalhousie University
- Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
- School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University
Our SPPGA faculty engage communities globally in their research, initiatives, and policy work on a range of issues, from sustainable water management practices in Mongolia to transitional justice in Uganda to truly global issues such as environmental change and nuclear energy. These communities include non-profit, private sector institutions, government agencies and other research organizations.
In the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program, we have partnered with a number of non-profit agencies and employers as clients for our Global Policy Project (GP2), a course that matches students with a real-world client to develop innovative solutions for a complex policy challenge.