Graduate Experience | PhD


Events, Workshops and Defences

Graduate and school events hosted by SFU School of Communication


Betty is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her principal research interest is ICTs in health interventions. She’s presently investigating the use of indigenous knowledge systems in ICT4D. She has research experience with diverse projects like IDRC’s Open Development evaluation, and the Tropical Disease Institute's research and intervention in Chagas affected rural communities in Ecuador. She's also worked with the UNICEF - Ohio University Communication for Development project. She has an MA in International Development Studies, and another in Spanish Language and Culture, both from Ohio University.



Alysha Bains is a Doctoral Student at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her current research focuses on second generation South Asian identities in Canada through exploring creative scenes. Alysha’s community and research work has focused on youth cultural production and the intersections between non-formal learning environments and literacy learning. Her SSHRC funded Masters Thesis focuses on the limitations of the ways that literacy is taken up in policy documents and how this is problematic for young people, particularly in vulnerable communities.This research was driven by her experiences as a literacy programmer in the non-formal learning sector in East Vancouver. She designed and executed multiliteracy programs for over 200 inner city youth and has experienced the critical importance of bridging academic research to community practice and social change. Alysha holds an MA in Education and an Undergraduate Honours degree in Communication.



Xiaoxing Zhang received his B.A. in Journalism from Nanjing University. He earned his double master's degrees from the MSc/MA Global Media and Communications program jointly offered by the London School of Economics and University of Southern California. His research interests are directed primarily toward global communication in a variety of interrelated areas. With particular interests in ethnic media and cultural politics, he will concentrate on consolidating and synthesizing the multiple theoretical and methodological approaches that address the issues of diaspora media consumption and civic engagement in the multicultural society.