Policy Studio

Closely associated with the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program, the Policy Studio is a UBC-wide endeavour that engages expertise from the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and aims to bring multi-sectoral actors together and provide a clear process framework in order to achieve tangible results.

The Policy Studio:

  • Is public good oriented
  • Is solution oriented—emphasizing policy design, development and implementation
  • Enables knowledge mobilization and knowledge sharing
  • Has a global/international orientation
  • Encourages trans-disciplinary research
  • Uses strategic design methodology with a focus on policy design research, civic participation research, and the development of alternative methods of academic inquiry


Resilient Cities Policy Challenge

The idea for a Resilient Cities Policy Challenge was born in Paris, where the Director of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Moura Quayle, and the Dean of Sciences Po’s School of Public Affairs, Yann Algan, were discussing the respective Policy Studio and Policy Lab as places of learning and policy design at UBC and Sciences Po.

Through the French Embassy in Canada’s Saint-Simon Initiative, the implementation of the idea was made possible. In addition, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s friendship gave the idea momentum.

The policy challenge involved 15 students—eight students from the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at UBC and seven students from the School of Public Affairs and the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po—who were integrated into teams to address issues facing three groups in Vancouver: youth, resettled refugees, and seniors.

Enhancing Knowledge Mobilization at UBC

The Enhancing KMb@UBC is a project launched in 2016 and is now on its on its second research phase.

It has involved studio sessions and case studies with UBC faculty and stakeholders from diverse groups including industry, government and civil society in Vancouver and Kelowna.

This ongoing project is supported by UBC’s Vice-President, Research & Innovation Office and aims to co-create the set of services and programs that will allow UBC faculty and graduate students to maximize the impact of their research outside the academic realm.