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MPPGA Professor Julian Dierkes analyzes political turmoil in Mongolia’s upcoming election caused by a high court decision to reject the use of party lists to determine the 28-seat portion of parliament to be elected by proportional representation. He also discusses the possible impact of various electoral challenges on the outcome of the parliamentary election.
MPPGA Professor Rashid Sumaila discusses fishing, its worldwide importance as a critical source of food and jobs, and how fish stocks are currently collapsing. Sumaila attempts to answer the question of whether it is still wise to use taxpayer money to fund fisheries subsidies or not, given that many governments support their local industries with subsidies.
MPPGA Professor Milind Kandlikar, UBC Professor Simon Donner, and graduate student Sophie Webber discuss climate change adaptation and the problems associated with its financing. By arguing that there is no clear definition of what separates adaptation aid from standard development aid, the authors use a historical database of overseas development projects to test the effect of different accounting assumptions.
MPPGA’s Sara Shneiderman, Assistant Professor in Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, says Nepal’s rule-of-law politics demand global attention. A year after the country’s devastating earthquakes, a series of arrests is raising important questions about freedom of expression and rule of law under the country’s 2015 constitution.
Liu Professor Milind Kandlikar, and co-authors Simon Harding and Sumeet Gulati, provide a starting point for discussion on how smartphone-based taxi apps have changed the market for taxi journeys and the resulting implications for taxi market regulation. Their research extends our understanding of taxi markets and the issues associated with the popularity of newly released apps, such as Uber.
Assistant Professor Hisham Zerriffi discussed Ending Energy Poverty on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Dr. Zerriffi explored the complexities of household energy choices and their subsequent health impacts. 4 million people die prematurely around the globe every year as a result of household air pollution from cooking. He also explored the social and technical strategies to enable energy access.