Senior Fellows & Research Associates

Vidyut Aklujkar

Vidyut Aklujkar

vidyut.aklujkar (at) ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Indic belles lettres in general and saint poetry, particularly Marathi, Hindi, English, and Sanskrit; creative writing and translation of literature, religious studies/philosophy

Alison Bailey

Alison Bailey

alison.bailey (at) ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Intersections between the individual and the state in Chinese culture; soft power, media, film, CSR; Canada-China relations

Phil Calvert

Phil Calvert

calvert.phil (at) gmail.com

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

Dr. Phil Calvert was most recently the Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. He served as Deputy Head of Mission in the Canadian Embassy in Beijing (2004-2008). From 2008-2012, as Director General in Ottawa, he managed Canada’s overall trade and political relations with North Asia (China, Japan, Korean peninsula, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Taiwan).

Margaret Cornish

Margaret Cornish

margaret.cornish2 (at) gmail.com

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

Ms Cornish is planning to work on projects that will deepen the understanding of Canadians with respect to China especially with respect to our trade and investment relationship. She has been approached to work on sector-based trade studies in Canada. Her interests extend more broadly to explaining and deepening the knowledge and understanding of China’s rise as a regional and world power and its growing leadership role in global affairs.

Evan Due

Evan Due

evan.due (at) ubc.ca

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

Evan Due is a policy research and management consultant. He currently serves as senior advisor to the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing China. He has more than 25 years’ experience in international relations, development, and socio-economic analysis.

Ahmad Zahir Faqiri

Ahmad Zahir Faqiri

ahmad.faqiri (at) ubc.ca

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research
Lead, Greater Central Asia Initiative

Honorable Mr. Faqiri has held high positons of professional responsibility overseas, ranging from a General Directorate to Minister Plenipotentiary – Ambassadorial levels. During his career, Mr. Faqiri has successfully managed to enrich his knowledge and experience of the international affairs and to make the best out of it by dynamically taking part in all pertinent conferences and forums of the United Nations and other international organizations specializing in the fields of peace, security and international development.

Marc Foggin

Marc Foggin

marc.foggin (at) gmail.com

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Intersections between the individual and the state in Chinese culture; soft power, media, film, CSR; Canada-China relations

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg

michaelagoldberg (at) shaw.ca

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research
Professor and Dean Emeritus, Sauder School of Business

Mike Goldberg joined UBC in 1968, served as Sauder School Dean and AVP International. He studied cities and their transportation, housing, land use systems and global competitiveness. He is a Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Director, Liberty Living (UK); Director, Canadian Institute for Global Strategic Partnerships; Chair, Vankic China Fund; and Co-chair, WorkSafeBC’s Investment Committee.

Sanzida Habib

Sanzida Habib

habib_sanzida (at) yahoo.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Mental health among South Asian immigrants in Canada

Jack Hayes

Jack Hayes

jackhayes11 (at) msn.com

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

China Environmental Science and Sustainability

Vijaya Jammi

Vijaya Jammi

vijaya.jammi (at) ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Post Colonial Indian Drama, Canadian Drama, Performance Theory, Teaching English as Second Language. Technical and Academic Writing

Gordon Longmuir

Gordon Longmuir

dglongmuir (at) gmail.com

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Canada’s strategic interests in South (mainly India) and Southeast Asia (special expertise in Cambodia)

Stéphanie Martel

Stéphanie Martel

stephanie.martel.1 (at) umontreal.ca

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

Stéphanie Martel will be defending her PhD thesis in Political Science at the Université de Montréal in June 2017, and is now joining the Institute of Asian Research as a Research Fellow. Her research interests are at at the intersection of Southeast Asian studies, regional governance in the Asia-Pacific, and international security. Stéphanie’s post-doctoral research under the supervision of Paul Evans is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, and focuses on multilateral diplomacy in the Association of Southeast Asian Studies (ASEAN).

Richard Paisley

Richard Paisley

rpaisley (at) mail.ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Richard Paisley is a practicing lawyer and the Director of the Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative at UBC. Richard’s current research, teaching, graduate supervision and advisory interests include domestic and international water and energy law and policy, international business transactions, international negotiations and environmental mediation / conflict resolution. He is an avid downhill and cross-country skier, cyclist, backpacker, and kayaker.

Jim Placzek

Jim Placzek

james.placzek (at) ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

South East Asian ethnic origins and culture history, Theravada Buddhism and Thai language

Yuko Shibata

Yuko Shibata

yuko.shibata (at) ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Overseas Japanese and immigrant experiences in Canada, i.e., language and culture, shifting identities, Nikkei (Japanese Canadian) women; adult socialization; and life narratives and writings

Raghavendra Karkala Vasudevaiah

Raghavendra Karkala Vasudevaiah

raghuraokarkala (at) gmail.com

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Contemporary visual art, visual and material culture, performance art, and performance studies

Yuen Pau Woo

Yuen Pau Woo

yuenpauwoo (at) gmail.com

Senior Fellow in Public Policy, Institute of Asian Research

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first picks for the Senate who has also been named leader of the growing bloc of Independent, soon to be Senate’s largest bloc. Distinguished East Asia Fellow and former CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Senior Resident Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. ‎

www.yuenpauwoo.com.

Gisele Yasmeen

Gisèle Yasmeen, Ph.D.

gisele.yasmeen (at) ubc.ca

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

Gisèle Yasmeen is a consultant to numerous Canadian and international organizations and is a former federal government executive. She served most recently as Vice-President of Research and Partnerships at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) from 2007-14. Her research and policy work is on food-systems, micro, small and medium enterprises, social protection, knowledge mobilization, program design and delivery, and futures/foresight. She serves on a number of boards and has lived and worked in South and Southeast Asia and has also engaged professionally in other regions.

http://giseleyasmeen.com/

Habiba Zaman

Habiba Zaman

hzaman (at) sfu.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Immigrants, settlement and work in Canada; Global south and social justice movements; Gender and development; Globalization and labour mobility; Race, gender and class; South Asia. She has published extensively in international journals.

Yushu Zhu

Yushu Zhu

yushu.zhu (at) ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

She is working at Asia Pacific Foundation as Program Manager, Surveys and Polling. Her research interests include community governance, civic participation, housing inequality and migration with geographical focus in China and Canada. Her publications appear at Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Environment and Behavior, Eurasian Geography and Economics, etc.

Dr. Wenran Jiang

wenran.jigang (at) gmail.com

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

Named by the Alberta Venture magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta for 2014, Dr. Wenran Jiang is Director of Canada-China Energy & Environment Forum and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC. Before taking early retirement as a tenured political science professor at the University of Alberta (1993-2017), Dr. Jiang was the Founding Director of its China Institute, and was Special Advisor on China to Alberta Department of Energy.

Stephen McGurk, Ph.D.

stephan.mcgurk (at) ubc.ca

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research

A trained economist and Sinologist, Stephen McGurk has spent more than three decades studying Asia’s rural development. McGurk was the Director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program. This program is dedicated to supporting research that seeks to increase agricultural productivity as well as food and water security while ensuring environmental sustainability. Previously, he served as IDRC Regional Director in IDRC’s South Asia and China Office in Delhi and in the Southeast and East Asia office in Singapore. McGurk has worked with the Ford Foundation in Beijing, where he was responsible for its economic security program in China. He has taught at the University of California and worked with the World Bank on a critical generation of investments in China’s rural development.

Raghavendra Karkala Vasudevaiah

Doug Ober

dfo (at) mail.ubc.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Douglas Ober specializes in the history of Buddhism in South Asia, especially the modern period (c. 1700 – present). His PhD dissertation focused on the discovery, revival and reinvention of Buddhism in nineteenth and twentieth century India (aspects of this research have been published in Contemporary Buddhism: an interdisciplinary journal and Modern Asian Studies). His broader research interests include the history of colonialism, transnational movements, globalization, ethnicity, caste, Dalit studies and cultural ecology. Since 2003, Douglas has studied, worked and/or conducted research in more than a dozen countries in Asia (but primarily India, Bhutan, Tibet and Myanmar).

Reeta Tremblay

reeta (at) uvic.ca

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay is Professor of Comparative Politics and Global South in the department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Her major areas of research are identity-based politics and secessionist movements (Kashmir) in South Asia, the politics of subaltern resistance and accommodation in post-colonial societies, democracy and governance, and comparative federalism. During her career, she has held several administrative positions including Vice President Academic and Provost at the University of Victoria; Vice President (Academic) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pro Tem) at Memorial University in Newfoundland ; Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Memorial; and, Chair, department of Political Science at Concordia University, Montreal.

Raghavendra Karkala Vasudevaiah

Konrad Kalicki

kkalicki (at) nus.edu.sg

Research Associate, Institute of Asian Research

Konrad Kalicki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies and Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. He specializes in international and comparative politics and public policy, focusing on Japan, immigration policy, and the politics of historical memory in East Asia and Europe.