Professor of Communication
Dr. Bob Anderson has been a professor at SFU's School of Communication since 1977. Trained as an anthropologist at the University of Chicago (1971), he has developed expertise in historical analysis. His teaching focusses on the areas of international negotiation and dialogue, and conflict analysis, and is proud of his long supervision of excellent graduate students. He grew up in Africa and British Columbia, and from his late teens he has been studying and researching in Asia. He was the first director of the Dialogue Institute in the Centre for Dialogue 2000-2004 and had the privilege of drawing together—with others—an international network called the Dialogue Associates. He was responsible (with others) for initiating the foreign policy dialogues and the Afghanistan dialogues during the 2000s. With others, he helped found the “Devs-Group” at SFU in 2001, a cross-campus network of people interested in development and sustainability. And since 1999 he has been building a network of young environmentalists in Myanmar and encouraging formation of a graduate environmental studies program at the University of Yangon.