Faculty

We are active researchers in diverse International Studies related academic fields, including International Studies, Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Forest Ecology and Management, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies. This enables us to offer graduate students a wealth of supervisory expertise and international experiences. In recent years, we have conducted and published research on economic development, political and environmental issues covering the following areas/regions:

  • International and global level (Kyoto Protocol, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, etc.);
  • Asia-Pacific region (China, Japan, Philippines, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan);
  • The Americas (Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina);
  • Africa (Zambia, Botswana);
  • Russia;
  • The Arctic, and;
  • Northern British Columbia.

We are involved in major international research projects supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)  and International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  In addition, we have considerable practical, real-world experience in economic development policy and human rights advocacy through our work/consultations with for human rights NGOs, the Reserve Bank of India, the World Bank, World Trade Organization, Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations system. Students will find that we are committed to mentoring inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty

  • Paul Bowles
    PhD, MA, BSc
    • Professor
    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... more

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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:
    10-4582

    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... more

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  • Dr. Fiona MacPhail
    PhD (Dalhousie University); MA (University of Guelph); MA (University of Sussex); BA Hons (University of Guelph)
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6660
    Office:
    CJMH-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... more

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  • Dr. Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville
    BA, MA, PhD
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5434

    Supervises in: MA International Studies

    Agnieszka (Agnes) Pawlowska-Mainville is an Associate Professor in First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She examines intangible cultural heritage within land-based practices such as customary governance, sustainable livelihoods, food systems, folklore, language... more

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  • Tristan Pearce
    PhD University of Guelph; MA University of Guelph; BA University of Northern British Columbia
    • Associate Professor, Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change
    Phone:
    250-960-5766
    Office:
    8-138

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography ; MSc NRES Geography ; MNRES

    Tristan Pearce is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change. His research examines the cumulative impacts of... more

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  • Safaei, Dr. Jalil
    PhD University of Manitoba, MA and BA University of Shiraz
    • Professor and Chair
    • MA INTS Co-Chair
    Phone:
    250-960-6698
    Office:
    10-4586

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

    Dr. Safaei's main research is on 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 and the chronic issues of poverty and inequality

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  • Angele Smith
    • Associate Professor (on sabbatical)
    Phone:
    250-960-6492

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  • Smith, Heather
    PhD & MA (Queen's University) BA (University of Alberta)
    • Professor
    Office:
    ADM 3080

    Supervises in: MA International Studies ; MA Gender Studies

    Heather A. Smith is Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. I am the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in... more

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  • Dr. Gary Wilson
    BA Hons, Political Science (Carleton), MA, Russian and East European Studies; PhD, Political Science (University of Toronto)
    • Professor
    • Program Coordinator, Northern Studies
    Phone:
    250-960-5514

    Supervises in: Political Science ; International Studies ; Interdisciplinary Studies

    Gary N. Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He is also the Coordinator of the Northern Studies Program. His research focuses on governance and politics in the Canadian and Circumpolar North, and on the impacts of globalization and political change on communities in... more

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