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- The Governance of Migration
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- Honours B.A., University of Oxford
- M.A., University of British Columbia
- Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Research and Supervision Fields
Status: NOT accepting new graduate students
- Human Rights
- Canadian Legal System
- Youth Engagement in the Political System
- Teaching Practice and Community Engagement
- Justice and Law
- Diversity & Migration
- Research Methods & Analysis
- Public Policy and Democratic Governance
My research explores why separatist parties engage in the political systems they want to leave. I examine this question using the Scottish National Party in the British Parliament, the Bloc Québécois in the Canadian Parliament and Catalan nationalist parties in the Spanish Parliament. I am also interested in the boundary between legal and political systems: when are some policy debates decided by the courts, rather than politicians? This question is inspired by my background in the criminal justice system. After my law degree, I worked for the UK National Audit Office. In that job, I reported to Parliament on English prisons and peacekeeping missions in the Balkans. After moving to Canada, I completed my doctorate at UBC. My post-doctoral fellowship at Quest University focused on teaching methods.
I've used these experiences to design courses on human rights, separatist movements, political participation, Canada’s constitution and qualitative methods. As a teaching faculty member, I run the Department training program for teaching assistants (with Dr. Sanjay Jeram) and also have several ongoing projects exploring innovation in teaching. These include a Teaching and Learning Grant on community partnerships for my first-year classes and the development of workshops to help graduate students work effectively with their research supervisors (with Dr. Mark Pickup).
Future courses may be subject to change.