Program Faculty

UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program, housed within the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, offers the opportunity to study alongside world-class professors who are recognized experts in their respective fields and have strong ties with the international policy community. Our faculty draws distinguished academics from each of the MPPGA program’s three founding partners: the Liu Institute for Global Issues (Liu), the Institute of Asian Research (IAR), and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), as well as experts from Political Science, the Vancouver School of Economics, Sauder School of Business, UBC Journalism, and Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Erin Baines

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). Her research interests include transitional justice, the politics of humanitarianism and forced displacement and the study of gender, youth and armed conflict. She sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and is the co-founder of the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) in Gulu, Uganda.

David Boyd

One of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy and an internationally renowned authority on the relationship between human rights and environmental degradation. He was co-chair of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative with Mayor Gregor Robertson. Boyd is also the award-winning author of over 100 articles and eight books including Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies and The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progress Towards a Greener Future. He is a member of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law.

Timothy Cheek

Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research and a Professor in the Department of History. His research, teaching and translating focus on Modern Chinese history and society especially the role of the Chinese intellectuals in the twentieth century and the history of the Chinese Communist Party.

Brian Copeland

Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC. Brian teaches and does research in the fields of Environmental Economics and International Trade. Most of his work has been on the interaction between globalization, the environment, and the sustainability of renewable resources.

Cesi Cruz

Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), jointly appointed with Political Science. She studies political economy, focusing on the interplay between electoral incentives and economic outcomes in consolidating democracies. Her research uses quantitative and qualitative methods, social network analysis, surveys, and field experiments. Cesi’s research is funded by the World Bank, USAID, and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Michael Devereux

Michael Devereux is currently a Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics and has been at UBC since 1992. He obtained his PhD from Queen’s University. His main area of interest is in International Macroeconomics and International Finance. Currently, his research activity is in the area of exchange rate determination, the link between exchange rates and prices, and international aspects of monetary and fiscal policy. Recently, he has also worked on international financial linkages and their role in the global financial crisis.

Julian Dierkes

Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research and an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). His research interests are focused on contemporary Japan and Mongolia, including comparative political sociology and sociology of education in Japanese, Mongolian and German historical education. Also, he is interested in economic sociology and organizational behavior in mining regulations, especially in Mongolia and natural resource regulation.

Hadi Dowlatabadi

Professor at the Liu Institute and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), and Tier One Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics and Global Change. His current projects are looking at energy poverty and greening the energy infrastructure.

Shashi Enarth

Graduate Director for the MPPGA. He brings 27 years of experience with a mix of academia, policy research, advocacy and grassroots level development work with vulnerable segments of the communities across two continents and 3 countries. For fourteen of those years, he held leadership positions in two of the best known non-government development organizations in India. As a World Bank consultant, he analyzed public policies and designed agriculture development programs in India, Tanzania, Mozambique and Nigeria.

Paul Evans

Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). His writing and activities includes contemporary political and security issues in the Asia Pacific region. Over the past eight years he has been co-CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (2005-08); Director of the Institute of Asian Research (2009-12); director of research and track-two dialogue program on “Emerging Issues in Canada-China Relations;” and director of a research cluster on ‘Global China and World Governance.”

Patrick Francois

Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics and a Senior Fellow of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Today his work focuses on problems in development economics, with a particular interest in Political Economy.

Robin Gregory

Robin Gregory is Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and Senior Research Scientist at the non-profit Decision Research. His research and applied work emphasizes collaborative decision-aiding approaches that help participants to understand their own and others’ responses to the consequences of actions characterized by multiple dimensions, substantial uncertainty, and often controversy.

Leila Harris

Associate Professor in the Institute on Resources Environment and Sustainability and in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She also serves as Co-Director for UBC’s Program on Water Governance. Dr. Harris’s work examines social, cultural and political-economic dimensions of environmental and developmental change, with particular focus on equity concerns. Current research focuses on the intersection of environmental issues and inequality, political ecologies of citizenship, and water politics and governance (including focus on participatory engagement and other recent governance shifts, as well as equity and sustainability challenges important for the Canadian context). Dr. Harris currently teaches a graduate seminar on Development Discourse and Practice as part of the MPPGA program.

George Hoberg

George Hoberg specializes in environmental and natural resource policy and governance at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). His research interests include environmental policy, energy policy, forest policy, and more generally the design of policies and institutions to promote sustainability. His current research focuses on the clean energy transformation. Dr. Hoberg taught public policy and American politics in the Department of Political Science for 13 years, and forest and energy policy in the Faculty of Forestry from 2001 to 2016.

Brian Job

Brian L. Job (PhD, Indiana University) is Professor of Political Science and a resident Faculty Associate of School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.  He joined the UBC faculty in 1989, having previously been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.  He has served as Director of the Centre of International Relations, Interim Director of the Liu Institute, and Associate Director of the Institute of Asian Research. His current teaching and research interests concern international security—more specifically, the evolving security order of the Asia Pacific, intrastate conflict, human security, and Canadian foreign and security policies. His current research concerns UN peacekeeping, the protection of civilians in conflict, Canadian security policy, and security relations among Asian states and peoples.  Job has been actively involved in Asia Pacific expert networks, particularly with the Council of Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).  He has been co-editor of International Studies Quarterly, and of Global Governance, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal and of International Relations of the Asia Pacific. Job is currently a Senior Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and has been a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo; Nanyang Technical University, Singapore; and the Australian National University.

Milind Kandlikar

Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and Professor and Director of the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability. His work focuses on the intersection of technology innovation, human development and the global environment. His current projects include cross-national comparisons of regulation of agricultural biotechnology; air quality in Indian cities; risks and benefits of nanotechnology; new technologies for sustainable transportation; and development and climate change.

Nadja Kunz

Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering. She works at the interface of research and practice to resolve private sector water challenges, with a focus on the mining and resources sector. Najda is driven by a passion for transitioning the private sector towards more sustainable water management practices.

Philippe Le Billon

Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and Geography. His research interests include the political economy and geography of war, extractive sector governance, and the geopolitics of the “global land grab.”

Kai Ostwald

Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), jointly appointed with Political Science. Ostwald’s area of specialization is comparative politics, focusing on ethnic politics, public policy, and politics of development.  His research is situated primarily in Southeast Asia. He has spent over five years on location in Asia in the private sector.  His research has been funded by major research agencies, including the NSF.

Taylor Owen

Assistant Professor, jointly appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the School of Journalism.  His current research focuses on the intersection of digital technology and international relations.  He is specifically interested in how this technology challenges the institutions, systems, and norms that define the space of international relations.  He coordinates (at the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, Columbia University) a large research program on the evolving space of digital media and journalism.

Kyung-Ae Park

Associate Professor, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), the Korea Foundation Chair at the Institute of Asian Research, and Director at the Centre for Korean Research. Her research interests include North and South Korean politics, US-Korea relations, and gender and development. She has been invited to speak at a variety of prestigious universities, research institutes, academic associations, government agencies and mass media events in Canada, US, China, Japan and South Korea.

Kilim Park

Kilim Park is a qualitiative, ethnographic researcher and practitioner of migration with over 10 years of international experience. She holds a PhD in interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. Her doctoral research examined the experience of reintegration and rebuilding in the life of Indonesian migrant women returnees living in the Greater Jakarta area with a focus on labour migration as a cultural and social experience. Kilim’s professional experience includes working in the field of migration for almost a decade in Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Korea.

Moura Quayle

Moura Quayle is the Director pro tem of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Professor, Strategic Design with the Sauder School of Business. Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her teaching and research focus is the Sauder and an emerging Policy Studio at the Liu Institute that help students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools.

M. V. Ramana

M. V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). His research interests are in the broad areas of international security and energy supply, with a particular focus on topics related to nuclear energy and fissile materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons. He combines technical skills and interdisciplinary methods to address policy relevant questions related to security and energy issues.

Navin Ramankutty

Professor and Canada Research Chair on Food Security, at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability.  Navin’s research concerns global land use change and its implications, focusing on agricultural practice and the implications for environmental change and food security.  He employs data and models to address the question of how to feed 9-10 billion people while reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint.

Terre Satterfield

Former Director of IRES and Professor of Culture, Risk and Environment. Her work concerns sustainable development in the context of debates about environmental values, risk and environmental health. Her studies include environmental conflicts such as logging disputes, biodiversity management and politics, First Nation land management and regulatory contexts  as well as the governance and perceived risk of new technologies and the social and cultural consequences on contamination.

Tsering Shakya

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and Asian Studies. He is a world renowned and widely published scholar, on both historic and contemporary Tibet. He has an unrivalled network of official and unofficial contacts in the government, academia, religious circles and the median in throughout Tibet and China, across Asia, Europe and the US which he draws off of for his many works.

Sara Shneiderman

Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Department of Anthropology. Her current research projects explore social transformation through the lenses of post-disaster reconstruction and post-conflict state restructuring; citizenship, borders and mobility; religiosity and secularisation; and infrastructure, land use change, and governance – across the Himalayas, South Asia, and Asia in general. Her previous work has focused on ethnicity and indigeneity; political movements, including Nepal’s Maoist insurgency; cross-border mobility; ritual, religious, and cultural practice; and gender identities. She regularly contributes to policy discussions about development, governance, and politics across South Asia and the Himalayas, and serves as advisor to several NGOs working in the region. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for India & South Asia Research, Co-Coordinator of the UBC Himalaya Program, and Associate Editor for South Asia and the Himalayas at Pacific Affairs.

Karen Snyder

Karen Snyder is a biocultural anthropologist, public health expert and professional evaluator with over 20 years’ experience improving policies and practices in anti-trafficking, health and the environment. She has expertise in strategic planning, project implementation and program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative methods, outreach and communication in the academic, non—profit, government and philanthropic sectors.

Stefan Storey

Stefan Storey, P.Eng., Ph.D. is a teaching Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) program within the the Clean Energy Engineering (CEEN) stream. Stefan’s teaching at MEL is focused on evidence-based global energy studies including technical aspects of renewable energy technologies, social impacts and human health, applied policy analysis and the political dynamics that both drive and impede change. Stefan is also a professional engineer, entrepreneur and consultant specializing in building performance evaluation, life cycle analysis and smart building controls.

Rashid Sumaila

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 analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries.

Yves Tiberghien

Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Institute of Asian Research. His research and teaching interests focus on G20, systemic risks and global public goods, financial regulations, corporate governance, genetically engineered foods and climate change in the regions of China, Japan, Korea and European Union.


Allan Tupper

Professor, Political Science and former Head of Department. His major teaching and research interests are Canadian Politics and Government, Comparative Public Management and Public Policy. He has published widely on these subjects. His current research interests are the politics of higher education, government ethics and the political economy of major world seaports. Professor Tupper has engaged in extensive public service. He chaired a review of Alberta’s Conflict of Interests Act that led to major reform. He also participated in a recent review of governance for the City of Vancouver and a further commission in Alberta that analyzed Alberta’s ‘agencies, boards and commissions’.

Anne Wittman

Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, where she teaches on corporate social responsibility. She has worked in a variety of legal and policy roles in Canada and internationally, and emphasizes practical skills, case studies and career options for her students.

Jiaying Zhao

Assistant Professor at IRES and Department of Psychology. Her interests include how environmental and financial resources influence thinking and behavior, and how cognitive factors lead to behavioral change that impacts the consumption and allocation of environmental resources.