SPPGA Newsletter




As the end of the year swiftly approaches, the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) wishes you a wonderful holiday season. In this edition, we celebrate Prof. Rashid Sumaila’s Impact award, invite you to learn about the Phil Lind Initiative on The Future of Media, and announce our call for applications to the 2022 Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship Program.



Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship Program

The Liu Institute for Global Issues welcomes applications to the 2022 Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship Program. The fellowship at Yale University is open to graduate students pursuing doctoral or master’s degrees. Yale-UBC Fox Fellows will have their program-related expenses covered by Yale for ten months.


Apply by Jan. 22


Prof. Rashid Sumaila Receives Prestigious SSHRC 2021 Impact Award

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is the recipient of the 2021 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Impact Award in the Partnership category, selected by a jury. As Scientific Director of the OceanCanada Partnership, Dr. Sumaila received the Impact Award on behalf of the team.

Key Takeaways from COP26

We spoke with Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA; IOF) and Temitope Onifade, PhD candidate at the Allard School of Law and Co-chair of the Liu Institute Network for Africa, about their participation in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) as part of the UBC delegation. We also spoke with MPPGA alum Denby McDonnell who participated in COP26 on behalf of her employer, Ecotrust Canada.


Reflections from Yale-UBC Fox International Fellow Jory Smallenberg

Jory Smallenberg reflects on her time as a fellow in the Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship, hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.


Congratulations to Simons Award Recipients

Congratulations to the seven UBC students, including three MPPGA students, who are the recipients of the 2021 Simons Award. The students are undertaking research on topics broadly related to nuclear disarmament, including nuclear energy and global security.

MPPGA Spotlight

Apply to the MPPGA Program

Enhance your career in policy in government, NGOs, multilateral organizations, or the private sector, anywhere in the world. Apply by January 20, 2022 to join our next Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs cohort and learn how to navigate complex policy problems and drive positive change.


MPPGA Students Working Towards Real Policy Impact through Global Policy Project

MPPGA student teams have been conducting virtual fieldwork with clients on projects in Canada, India, and Mongolia as part of the 2021-2022 Global Policy Project. Learn more about each project and read insights from the students themselves.


MPPGA Student Association Announces New 2021-22 Executive

UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs students appointed their 2021-22 Student Association executive members and set forth their strategic vision for this academic year.


MPPGA Students Engage in The Research Network on Women, Peace and Security

The Research Network on Women, Peace and Security (RN-WPS) welcomed three MPPGA students as members of the Youth Advisory Board. The network will give students opportunities to learn about the latest research and policy, interact with senior scholars, civil society activists and policy makers, and actively engage in setting the future of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.


Register and join us at our upcoming events!

JAN 13 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PT
UBC MPPGA Q&A Info Session

Looking to join the MPPGA program in fall 2022, but still have questions? Don’t miss this virtual Q&A Info Session to engage directly with program staff.

Register now

JAN 20 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PT
The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: Ed Yong

Join us in person or virtually as we host Ed Yong, Pulitzer Prize-winning science staff writer for The Atlantic, who will be speaking on “The Art of Science Journalism.”


Yong is the first speaker in our 2022 Phil Lind Initiative on The Future of Media, a series that will explore the future of media including how to restore trust, navigate the digital age, and, above all, reshape the media landscape to better society.


Get tickets


Canada’s Year of Action on Democracy

Prof. Maxwell Cameron (SPPGA; Poli Sci) co-authors this article discussing reasons why now may be the time for the Canadian government to fulfill commitments to democratic development.
Dec 9


Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

Prof. Ramana co-authors this article debunking myths surrounding renewable energy, and the argument that solar cannot be the foundation of a dependable electricity grid.
Dec 9


Primary Care Physician Involvement During Hospitalization: A Qualitative Analysis of Perspectives from Frequently Hospitalized Patients

Prof. Veena Sriram (SPPGA; SPPH) co-authored a study that examines frequently hospitalized patients’ preferences and experiences regarding primary care physician involvement during hospitalization.
Dec 1


Local procurement, shared value, and sustainable development: A case study from the mining sector in Mongolia

Prof. Nadja Kunz (SPPGA; Institute of Mining Engineering) co-authors this article examining a case study in Mongolia to see the challenges confronting mining, traditional livelihoods, and sustainable development.
Nov 23

In the Media

B.C. Food Prices in 2022 Forecast to be Above Already-High National Average

With the release of a news report detailing the 2022 national forecast for food prices, Prof. Matias Margulis (SPPGA; LFS) examines why B.C. prices are estimated to be above the already high national average.
Dec 13


Don’t Ignore Democracy’s Flaws

Ahead of Biden’s Summit for Democracy and the Ninth Summit of the Americas, Prof. Max Cameron (SPPGA; Poli Sci) proposes three key steps to strengthen democracy.
Dec 9


You’ll See More Carbon Labels in the Grocery Store Next Year. Here’s What They Mean

Prof. Navin Ramankutty (SPPGA; IRES) discusses the best ways to approach climate solutions, and whether attaching carbon labels to products at the grocery store is an effective method.
Dec 8


A Nuclear-Weapons-Free-Zone in the Middle East— & the Elephant in the Room

After nations gathered to discuss establishing a nuclear-weapon-free zones in the Middle East, Prof. Ramana reasons that such a zone will be a major challenge largely due to policies around Israel’s nuclear weapons program.
Dec 8


Eliminating Harmful Fishing Subsidies: Lessons from Regional Trade Agreements

Prof. Rashid Sumaila (SPPGA; IOF) breaks down how eliminating harmful fishing subsidies could save the planet’s oceans and ocean economy.
Nov 26


The ‘Penny Has Dropped’: Liberal Government Throne Speech Signals New Direction on China, Analysts Say

Prof. Paul Evans analyzes the Liberal government’s usage of the term “Indo-Pacific” in their crown speech, and what it indicates about the future direction of Canada-China relations.
Nov 25

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