Research at the Liu Institute

The Liu Institute for Global Issues is a core part of UBC’s vision to prepare students to become exceptional global citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

With a mission to pursue interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research on global issues, the Liu Institute embraces issues related to:
• International relations
• Human security
• Peace and disarmament
• The environment
• Development
• Global health
• International justice

The Liu Institute currently organizes its research and outreach activities around 12 networks, which draw faculty from across UBC. These research efforts are complemented by postdoctoral fellows and more than 150 PhD students working on projects and fieldwork as Liu Scholars. These individuals come from a range of disciplines—including anthropology, environmental studies, geography, law, medicine, political science and sociology—to explore issues through multi- and interdisciplinary lenses.

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The Liu Institute for Global Issues is home to a dozen research networks that support interdisciplinary and collaborative exchange on pressing global issues. Created and managed by Liu Scholars, these networks strengthen ties between faculty and students, host conferences and events, and facilitate field research and dialogue on key themes. New members can join a network at any time, for any length of time, from anywhere in the world.

The Beyond Text Collective encourages critical conversations and projects that explore digital technologies and the audiovisual realm to creatively express issues related to bodies, cities and societies. The collective includes scholars and artists from diverse disciplinary fields such as visual arts, film, photography, journalism, anthropology, sociology, urban and regional studies, architecture and engineering.
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The Comparative Urban Studies Network critically examines the emerging challenge of comparison in urban studies, discussing what can be compared, in what ways and to what end. The network includes scholars from diverse disciplinary fields, including urban and regional studies, architecture, visual arts, geography, sociology, anthropology, history, engineering and environmental studies.
Contact Rohit Mujumdar

The Corporate Social Responsibility Network shares leading-edge research and encourages lively debate among academics and practitioners regarding corporations and global sustainability. The network sponsors a range of activities, including panel discussions, guest speakers, film screenings, workshops and conferences.
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The Global Health Network supports the development of a broad and inclusive conception of global health that improves individual well-being in ways that are just, equitable and sustainable. The network’s interdisciplinary approach looks within and beyond health sciences and emphasizes transnational issues, determinants and solutions.
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The International Development Research Network provides an inclusive and interactive hub for researchers, practitioners and communities from around the globe to collaborate on development issues. Discussions cover a wide range of topics, including sustainability, urbanization, technology transfer and education.
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The Working Group on Latin America and the Global explores the relationship between Latin America and broader global forces. In addition to examining how large-scale processes have shaped and even constituted Latin America, the group considers how Latin America has influenced and inspired events elsewhere in the world.
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The Liu Migration Network (formerly the Graduate Student Migration Network) is a group of approximately 100 graduate students who are working in the field of migration studies at UBC. In addition to organizing migration-related events, the network provides a space for scholars to discuss important issues related to migration theory, policy and methods.
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The Philippine Studies Series: Academics, Action, Art is a Vancouver-based network of scholars and community members who are interested in discussing Philippine issues, promoting multiculturalism and supporting the integration of the Filipino community into Canada.
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The Post/Colonial, Critical Race and Feminist Theory Group is a monthly interdisciplinary study group focused on contemporary theoretical and methodological advances in global scholarship as it relates to: violence, displacement and social suffering; empire, race and sex; neoliberalism, the state and trans/nationalisms; Orientalism, modernity and Islamophobia.
Contact Dr. Sunera Thobani