SPPGA Newsletter




In this October edition of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) newsletter, we invite you to meet our MPPGA students, consider our calls for applications, learn about our commitments to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and join our next events, including a discussion with Ambassador Robert Rae.



SPPGA Practitioner Fellowship

Apply by November 14, 2021 to join our school as a Practitioner Fellow, in residence for periods of 4 or 8 months with start dates in September and January. Appointed as an Adjunct Professor, SPPGA Practitioner Fellows are professionals with leadership experience in public policy, international development, global affairs and/or government, across a variety of issue areas and sectors.
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2021 Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Scholarship in Indian Studies

The Centre for India and South Asia Research invites submissions for the 2021 Nehru Humanitarian Graduate Scholarship in Indian Studies by Oct. 28.

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Assistant Professor Position in Climate and Energy Policy

SPPGA invites applications for the President’s Academic Excellence Initiative tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Climate and Energy Policy to begin on July 1, 2022. Apply by November 25, 2021.
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UN Recognition of Human Right to Healthy Environment Gives Hope for Planet’s Future
The Human Rights Council’s recognition of the human right to a healthy environment, made on October 8, is a historic breakthrough that has the potential to improve the life of everyone on the planet, says David Boyd, UBC Professor at SPPGA and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and UN special rapporteur on human rights and environment.


Research Network on Women, Peace and Security Launches New Website

The Research Network on Women, Peace and Security, co-directed by Prof. Erin Baines, has launched a new website. Working together with the Government of Canada’s Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security program, the RN-WPS is a network of leading scholars and practitioners that will investigate the gendered impacts of defence.

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Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

SPPGA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and inequality. We take reports of discrimination, sexual assault, and bullying and harassment seriously, and recognize such incidents can have an emotional, psychological and/or physical impact. We have recently added our SPPGA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Terms of Reference, SPPGA Equity and Wellness Liaisons, pathways for filing a complaint of violations of UBC Policies, and additional resources to our website.

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UBC delegates on the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties

We are thrilled to announce that among the eight delegates selected to represent UBC as official observers at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November is Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA; Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries).

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MPPGA Spotlight

MPPGA Applications are Now Open

Applications to join the eighth cohort of our professional Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program are now open! We are looking for bright and ambitious applicants who are ready to navigate complex policy problems and drive positive global change.


Meet our MPPGA Students

A warm welcome to our new MPPGA students, Class of 2023! Get to know both MPPGA cohorts of global change makers and learn more about their backgrounds and passions that led them to study public policy and global affairs here at UBC.


Register and join us at our upcoming events!

OCT 26 | 7:00 PM PT
Gender Justice in Nepal: Political Power and Dignified Menstruation

Join us in conversation with trade unionist and member of the Federal Parliament of Nepal Binda Pandey, and reproductive health activist and civil society leader Radha Paudel, to discuss interconnected movements for gender justice in Nepal, co-sponsored by the UBC Himalaya Program and the Nepal Cultural Society of British Columbia.

OCT 27 | 12:00 PM PT
“Refugee Archives across the Transpacific: Activating Anecdotes and Family Photography – A Conversation”
The Social Justice Institute and SPPGA present Dr. Y-Dang Troeung and Dr. Thy Phu in a virtual conversation to shed light on the resources that refugees draw on to activate their own, personal archives, to enrich, nuance, and even counter the seemingly objective reports associated with the so-called humanitarian regime.

OCT 27 | 12:30 PM PT
The Honourable Robert Rae in Conversation with the SPPGA: Reshaping the Multilateral Order

Join the Honourable Robert Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in discussion with Prof. Paul Evans on Canada’s role in renewing multilateralism and the future of multilateral institutions in a post-COVID world.

NOV 1 | 5:00 PM PT
Navigating the Age of Disruption: Where is Japan Going After the Election?
The Center for Japanese Research at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (University of British Columbia) and the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School (University of Toronto) will hold a joint event on the Japanese Cabinet and Lower House elections and their global impact.

NOV 3 | 3:00 PM PT
Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age with Alexander Heffner

PBS host and American author Alexander Heffner discusses the effects of divisiveness on discourse, media, and governance as well as the influence of social platforms and filter bubbles, mis- and disinformation, and bigotry that polarize and undermine civil society.

NOV 4 | 5:00 PM PT
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Join the Honourable Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, hosted by the School of Social Work in partnership with SPPGA. Dr. Buller will discuss the history and mandate of the Inquiry, including the research, collaborations, analysis and hearings they conducted.

NOV 9 | 1:00 PM PT
In Conversation with MLA David Eby

Save the date and join us in conversation with The Honourable David Eby, Attorney General, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, for this student-moderated event.

NOV 16 | 12:30 PM PT
Book Discussion: What Is the Path to “Common Prosperity” under Xi Jinping?

Join the online book talk hosted by UBC’s Centre for Chinese Research. The event will feature discussions with Professor Wei Cui on his soon to be published book— The Administrative Foundations of the Chinese Fiscal State.

NOV 17 | 5:30 PM PT
"Living resurgence: dreaming in dangerous times": A talk by Dian Million

Join this discussion with Dian Million, Associate Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies, University of Washington, part of a series co-sponsored by The Social Justice Institute and SPPGA.

NOV 18 | 9:30 AM PT
Virtual UBC MPPGA Info Session: Scholarships and Funding; International Students

Don’t miss this program info session to learn more about the scholarships and funding available as well as details for international applicants seeking to join the professional Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program in September 2022.

NOV 22 | 12:30 PM PT
China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy"

Save the date and attend this online talk with Peter Martin on his newly published book.


Chromatic: Ten Meditations on Crisis in Art and Letters
Read this new collection of essays and illustrations from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, offering 10 illustrated meditations on crisis from the 2020 Wall Scholars. Prof. Ramana writes on the nuclear crisis in Japan at a time of global upheaval.
Oct 12

Facebook’s America-Centrism Is Now Plain for All To See
In her first piece as new columnist for The Centre for International Governance Innovation, Prof. Heidi Tworek (SPPGA; History) discusses Facebook’s blatant America-centrism, and how while the vast majority of Facebook users live outside the United States, almost 90% of content moderation efforts are devoted to American posts.
Oct 1


Stakeholder Perspectives on Proposed Policies To Improve Distribution and Retention of Doctors in Rural Areas of Uttar Pradesh, India
Prof. Veena Sriram (SPPGA; SPPH) co-authored a paper for BMC Health Services Research, arguing that issues in retention and distribution of biomedical doctors in rural parts of India is negatively impacted by governance challenges and fragmentation within and outside of the health care sector.
Sept 29


Would China’s Move to Join This Transpacific Trade Pact Push the U.S. To Rejoin?

With China’s announcement that the country has officially applied to join one of the world’s largest free trade agreements, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Prof. Kristen Hopewell discusses whether the move will push the US to rejoin in order to counter China’s growing influence.
Sept 27

In the Media

Half of Canadian Parents Plan to Get Their Young Kids Vaccinated Against COVID-19

A new survey shows that half of Canadian parents intend to vaccinate their children ages 5 to 11 as soon as the vaccine is available to the age group. Prof. Heidi Tworek (SPPGA; History) urges for more information about COVID vaccinations in children to be provided to parents.
Oct 18


Ramana, Makhijani: Look Before You Leap on Nuclear

Prof. Ramana explains why the proposal to build a Natrium nuclear reactor in Wyoming is unlikely to be commercially viable, taking into account the long history of failed sodium cooled reactor projects around the world.
Oct 16


‘I Hope You Die’: How the COVID Pandemic Unleashed Attacks on Scientists

Dozens of scientists say they have received death threats and other forms of harassment after media interviews on Covid-19. Prof. Heidi Tworek (SPPGA; History) comments on this phenomenon.
Oct 13


Canada Urged to Join Allies in Tougher China Stance After Kovrig, Spavor Release

Following Canada’s long fight with China over the imprisonment of the Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, Prof. Paul Evans argues that Canada’s recent usage of the label “Indo-Pacific” rather than “Asia-Pacific” signifies Canada taking a tougher stance towards future relations with China.
Oct 11


Canada Must Oppose China’s Entry to Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

China officially applied to be a part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in September 2021 and is awaiting the members’ approval. In her article, Prof. Kristen Hopewell advises Canada to deny China’s entry due to their history of global trade rules violations under President Xi Jinping.
Oct 6


A US-UK Submarine Deal Triggers Nuclear Fears Down Under

The US, UK, and Australia agreed on a tripartite deal (AUKUS) to supply a nuclear-powered submarine to Australia. Prof. Ramana raises concerns about the partnership as it will increase tensions with China and can escalate the ongoing arms race.
Sept 25


Renewed WTO Talks on Subsidies Zero in on Overcapacity, Overfishing

The World Trade Organization is again negotiating an agreement to end harmful fishery subsidies after more than two decades on the matter. Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA; Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries) stresses that it is crucial for negotiators to continue working on the issues holding up the agreement.
Sept 24

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