Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of Economics have a wide variety of research interests and are engaged in cutting-edge theoretical advances and policy development in Canada, as well as other countries. Members of the Department of Economics have received research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the International Development Research Centre, Human Resources Development Canada, Status of Women Canada, and BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. Faculty members have also provided consulting services to the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Northern Health.

Department Chair

  • Safaei, Dr. Jalil
    PhD University of Manitoba, MA and BA University of Shiraz
    • Professor and Chair
    Phone:
    250-960-6698
    Cell:
    250-640-6855
    Office:
    3-3058

    Supervises in: PhD Health Sciences ; MA Development Economics ; MA International Studies

    He emigrated to Canada from Iran in 1993 to complete his graduate studies. He has mainly researched the social determinants of health, political economy of health and healthcare, social policy and welfare systems, health inequity, and human rights. His research interests spread to macroeconomics...

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Faculty

  • Amarjit Bhullar
    PhD Punjabi University Patiala
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6484
    Before joining UNBC, Amarjit taught at Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana India for 25 years. Amarjit has taught wide range of courses in UNBC including microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economic relations, Environmental Economics, Canadian economic history, Indian economy (special...

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  • Paul Bowles
    PhD, MA, BSc
    • Professor, Department of Economics
    Phone:
    250-960-6648

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  • Fredj, Dr. Karima
    PhD, MSc, BSc
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6686

    Supervises in: MA Development Economics ; MA International Studies ; MA NRES

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  • Leandro Freylejer
    PhD Economics (University of Toronto); MA Economics (Queen's University); BA Economics (University of Manitoba)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5302
    Office:
    ADM 3071
    Before joining UNBC, Dr. Freylejer taught at the University of Toronto and was a researcher on an SSHRC/CURA-funded research project focused on living standards. Dr. Freylejer teaches ECON 498/698 Special Topics: International Macroeconomics and ECON 101 Macroeconomics and Econ 311 Intermediate...

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  • Liam Kelly
    PhD and MSc Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (University of Guelph); BSc Economics (University of Victoria)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6489
    Office:
    10-4506

    Supervises in: MA Development Economics

    Dr. Kelly joined the Department of Economics at UNBC in September 2020. Prior to starting at UNBC, he completed a PhD and MSc in Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph, as well as a BSc in Economics from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Business...

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  • Dr. Fiona MacPhail
    PhD Dalhousie University; MA University of Guelph; MA University of Sussex; BA Honours University of Guelph
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6660
    Office:
    ADM 3055

    Supervises in: MA International Studies ; MA Development Economics

    I am a Professor of Economics with primary teaching areas in Labour Economics, Women and the Economy, and Poverty, Inequality and Development. In teaching economics, I strive to help students investigate contemporary issues using multiple economic perspectives and taking account of institutional...

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