Director Quayle Office 301
Liu Institute for Global Issues
Tel: (604) 822-9958


Professor Moura Quayle is the Director pro tem of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Since 2014, Moura was the Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs professional graduate program. Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her teaching and research focus is the Sauder and an emerging Policy Studio at the Liu Institute that help students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools.

She has brought her education and professional background in urban design and landscape architecture to bear on a variety of leadership positions. Moura’s experience includes Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions including the research and innovation portfolio; leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative as the BC Commissioner reporting to the Premier, for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States; and transforming a faculty and diverse land and academic assets at the University of British Columbia, first as Dean to update UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and then as Associate VP, Academic Programs for the reorganization of UBC Okanagan. She has served on the Boards of Genome BC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Her community work has included developing and serving as chair of a City of Vancouver Urban Landscape Task Force, and her current service is as the Chair of the Boards of Genome Canada and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA, a Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley, and as an honorary Doctor of Science from The University of Guelph.

Her book, Designed Leadership, will be published by Columbia University Press in July 2017.