issues and experts
Updated: SFU experts available to discuss COVID-19
Interviews can be done through phone, email, or video.
Irene Pang, international studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene can speak to the state and societal responses to COVID-19 in China and Hong Kong.
She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Anis Rahman, communication, email@example.com
Can speak to race and media coverage, international communications, geopolitics and disinformation, cross-border platform regulations.
Caroline Colijn, Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak about the COVID-19 infection, mathematical models on effectiveness of physical distancing, role of data modeling in predicting disease spread.
Priyanka Mishra, Pio Lab, molecular biology and biochemistry, 210.454.1341, email@example.com
Can speak to boosting immune systems.
Fiona Brinkman, molecular biology and biochemistry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to what the average person can do to self-isolate and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Valorie Crooks, Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies, 604.417.9007, email@example.com
Can speak to health services issues, medical care at home and abroad, and Canadian snowbirds returning from abroad or staying abroad and accessing health services.
Jeremy Snyder, health sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to price-gouging during the pandemic, public health ethics e.g. the ethics of self-isolation, going out in public.
Jeff Reading, health sciences, email@example.com
Can speak to impacts of pandemic on Indigenous communities and Indigenous health.
Andrew Wister, gerontology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to how older adults/seniors are more vulnerable to viral diseases, such as COVID-19.
Education and Psychology
Tanya Broesch, psychology, 604.369.0128, email@example.com
Can speak to how parents can talk to their kids about COVID-19, social learning, child development and culture.
Lara Aknin, psychology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to prosocial behaviour, well-being, happiness and social relationships.
Yuthika Girme, psychology, email@example.com
Can speak to social support, social distancing, and relationships.
Carman Neustaedter, School of Interactive Arts & Technology, 604.754.1191, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to social distancing and staying connected.
Andrew Feenberg, communication, email@example.com
Can speak to online community, online education.
Working from Home
Lieke Ten Brummelhuis, Beedie School of Business, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to how to manage stress and stay focused while working remotely.
Scott Lear, Pfizer/Heart & Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research, health sciences, 604.454.8542, email@example.com
Can speak to maintaining personal and physical health while working from home.
Business and Economics
Marjorie Griffin Cohen, political science & gender, sexuality and women's studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to economic recovery and labour issues, notably the problem in B.C. of part-time and poorly paid care workers, particularly in the long-term care sector. Also on problems with the privatization of long-term care and the tremendous over-crowding in too many of these facilities, especially from the perspective of how B.C. funds these private facilities.
Anastasia Ufimtseva, Beedie School of Business, email@example.com
Can speak to global governance and the political economy of natural resources, and impact of sliding oil prices on the global and Canadian oil and gas sector.
She is fluent in Czech and Russian.
Jeremy Stone, director of SFU’s community economic development program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to economic recovery after disasters, economic resilience planning and economic development for community well-being.
Geoff Mann, geography, email@example.com
Can speak to economic impact of the pandemic, especially social assistance programs announced for at-risk/economically vulnerable sections.
Terri Griffith, Keith Beedie Chair in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can comment on online learning, remote work and the government's plan to mobilize industry to fight COVID-19.
Kendra Strauss, labour studies, email@example.com
Can speak to labour markets, wage labour, labour and regulation.
David Jacks, economics, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to the impacts of COVID-19 on international trade.
Andrey Pavlov, Beedie School of Business, 604.763.3696, email@example.com
Can speak to financial impacts, including stock markets and long-term economic prospects.
Sarah Lubik, director of entrepreneurship and innovation, Beedie School of Business, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to challenging innovative companies to develop solutions, technology and products to address COVID-19 issues.
Enda Brophy, communication, email@example.com
Can speak about gig economy workers, labour and collective organizing in the media and communication industries, digital and communicative dimensions of debt.
Politics and Misinformation
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, SFU’s Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak about disinformation, media use and online discourse related to the novel coronavirus.
Stewart Prest, political science, email@example.com
Can speak to political impacts and political responses to pandemic.
David Hannah, Beedie School of Business, 604.992.4516, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak about how people can cope with the onslaught of information about coronavirus and how to distinguish fact from statements that are made with a disregard for the truth.
Andy Yan, The City Program, email@example.com
Can speak to housing, rental market, government assistance announced for renters, urban planning and COVID-19's impact on cities.
Peter Chow-White, communication, 604.603.3794, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak about social media use during a crisis.
Brian Fisher, School of Interactive Arts & Technology, email@example.com
Can speak to visual analytics for safety and security, working with government and industry in data-based decision making, operational analysis for threats in general, advanced interactive technologies for planning and response to emergencies.
Ahmed-Al Rawi, communication, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to social media, news, global communication, disinformation.
Deborah Harford, executive director, adaptation to climate change team (ACT), email@example.com
Can speak to the impact of COVID-19 on environmental resilience, equity and sustainability.
Tom Gunton, director of resource and environmental planning program, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can speak to the impact of sliding oil prices on the Canadian oil and gas sector.
Mark Jaccard, director of resource and environmental management, email@example.com
Can speak to impact of falling oil prices on Canadian climate policy and clean energy sector.
He is fluent in French.
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