UBC Graduate Students

Dan Badulescu, Land and Food Systems

Born in Mexico, recipient of academic awards from Europe and Latin America, Dan Badulescu holds degrees from British and Mexican institutions. With a multifaceted career, from being a member of the Diplomatic Corps and UNICEF active in international negotiations, to holding executive positions at biotechnology/chemical firms, as a practitioner and academic, his perspective is unique due to the range of projects and institutions he has collaborated with. His involvement as industry strategist and government policy consultant in the Americas on environment, resources, food and indigenous governance has taken him to a myriad of fora and projects. Dan is an avid advocate of education and citizen’s rights. Currently engaged in H&A Columbus, a specialized consulting firm with offices in Mexico and Canada, he spends most of his time as a grad student, guest instructor and volunteer at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City.

Fabio Cabarcas, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology

Fabio Cabarcas has training in Medicine and Public Health and experience in evaluation of community based programs in health promotion. During his master’s program, he designed a methodology of evaluation of the community-based initiative ‘Healthy Municipalities’ supported by the World Health Organization. The emphasis was on developing participative initiatives for local health programs. The methodology was implemented later in 24 municipalities while working as a professor at the University of Antioquia in Colombia. In Canada, he collaborated with projects on Primary Attention of Health at the University of Toronto. For the past years, he has been research assistant to a University of British Columbia (UBC) led CIDA funded Tier 1 Project for Building Research Capacity in Environmental Health in Ecuador. He is also currently working on my PhD thesis at UBC on the challenges for local community organizations for dealing with problems of pesticide exposure in an indigenous community in Ecuador.

Wenhui Fan, Department of Economics

Wenhui Fan is a Ph.D. candidate of economics at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation examines poverty, trade and natural resources in developing countries. Focusing on the poverty reduction problem in China, Wenhui is interested in the sectoral decomposition of growth and the impact from opening up to trade on rural development. Her project also analyzes the mechanism of how trade affect the poorest cohort of rural households under credit constraints through the channel of physical and human capital accumulation. She is also working on the project of blood diamonds in African countries, which reveals that deposit types of diamonds, as well as the production modes determined by the country’s endowment endogenously, together decide the risk of civil conflicts in diamond production countries.

Kathryn Hill, Department of Geography

Kathryn Hill is an MA student in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. She came to Canada after graduating from the University of Nottingham, England in 2005. Ms Hill's present research interests encompass political ecology, international development, and feminist geography. Her thesis focuses broadly on the impacts of livelihood diversification and labor intensification in a farming community in the Philippines, and specifically on the gender politics implicit in livelihood change. After graduating this summer, Ms Hill will return to the UK to pursue a career in the development field.

Geraldina Polanco, Department of Sociology

Geraldina Polanco is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests lie in the area of gender, labour, and neoliberal restructuring, with particular focus on both Canada and Central America. In her doctoral project, she will be exploring the processes that shape the experiences of precariously employed Central Americans working in low-sector employment niches in Canada. She is the author of: a book review of Dana Sawchuck's The Costa Rican Catholic Church, Social Justice, and the Rights of Workers, 1979-1996, Reviewed in: Sociology of Religion vol. 68, no. 2, Summer 2007; a co-author of "Social Capital as Social Relations: The Contribution of Normative Structures" in Sociological Review, vol. 56, no. 2, May 2008, and the primary author of "Reconstruction from the Viewpoint of Precarious Labour" in A Common Interest. Human Rights, Human Welfare and Labour: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth, forthcoming, 2009.

Sanjeev Routray, Department of Sociology

Sanjeev Routray joined the Ph.D. program in Sociology in 2006. He studied at University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta before coming to UBC. He is looking at urban restructuring and politics of poverty in Delhi. He is also interested in Theories of Modernity, Marxism, and the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.

Leslie Shieh, School of Community and Regional Planning

Leslie Shieh is a doctoral candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation research examines the efforts in grassroots community building and state-led neighbourhood governing strategies to manage social issues that have accompanied China's rapid urbanization. She holds a BS in Urban Studies from Cornell University and a MCP in City Planning from University of California, Berkeley. In addition to research, her interests in rural urbanization come from working in mainland China and Taiwan on projects in participatory planning, community economic development, and resource management.

Sirijit Sunanta, Center for Women's and Gender Studies

Sirijit Sunanta is a PhD candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC. She received a BA in English from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC. Sirijit is currently working on her PhD thesis on transnational marriages between Northeastern Thai women and foreign men in the context of changing agrarian life in Thai Northeastern villages. A recipient of a Thai government scholarship, Sirijit intends to pursue an academic career in the area of Women’s and Gender Studies in Thailand. Sirijit is the author of the CCSEAS working paper "The Globalization of Thai Cuisine" and co-author of "'Exotic Love at Your Fingertips': Intermarriage Websites, Gender Representation, and the Transnational Migration of Filipino and Thai Women" in Kasarinlan: Philippines Journal of Third World Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2007.