History | Sociology | Latin American Studies | Urban Studies (Unit 6)

Graduate Students

PhD Candidate,

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RESEARCH: My dissertation research topic is Conflict prevention and human security approaches in Ecuadorian borders: Discourses and practices. I am interested in the question: Does human security discourse at the Ecuadorian borders implement public policy with a focus on its citizens or a focus on its national interests? I examine how National Security views accept the fact of a permanent state of war where the state's own interests are seen as the main issues for international relations. Thus, not enough attention is given to the well-being of citizens. In contrast, human security can be defined as an instrument of conflict prevention in developing countries where public policy is directed at the good of the people.

Sociology & Geography

Luis LM Aguiar,
Martin Blum (FCCS)

Tina Il Marten RESEARCH: My research investigates transnational migration, in particular the migration of high-skilled German workers to the Okanagan under auspices of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. My work’s focus is trans/bi-national, conducting research in Berlin, Germany, and the Okanagan. I hold a MA from the UBC Okanagan. My MA thesis, The reconfiguration of downtown Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 1980-2006: a case study of Kelowna's neoliberal downtown transformation (https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/11982) is an empirical case study of how neoliberalism manifests itself in a Western-Canadian mid-sized city. I hold a BA from the Okanagan University College (Double Major sociology/geography). I am a Pacific Century Scholar and hold a UBCO University Graduate Fellowship. I published and presented from my work at various Canadian and international conferences, most recently (summer 2012) in Cologne, Germany. I am also an active community member, volunteering at The Bridge Youth and Family Services (Kelowna) and with Board Voice (Kelowna/Vancouver).

MA Candidate, 

Ruth Frost
Julien Vernet

Michelle Stanley RESEARCH:  My research involves an analysis of the life and writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, an eighteenth-century British woman, in order to correct the omission of her contributions from the philosophical canon.  I synthesize her political ideas as found in A Vindication of the Rights of Men, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, View of the French Revolution, and Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, with her lifestyle choices to demonstrate that she is a forerunner of ideas of positive liberty and communitarianism, which is the idea that freedom requires more than the absence of restraint; there are certain actions that government and society need to take to ensure citizens’ freedom.  Her ideas for national public education and property reform are evidence that in many ways her political views were ahead of her time.  Thus, Wollstonecraft should be included in the canon of work that explores liberty and includes John Locke, J. S. Mill, and more recently, Charles Taylor.

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