In the Media: Children of rich Chinese home alone in Canada face challenges

A new UBC study examines the experiences of “astronaut families” – finding there are downsides to young people living and studying in the West with their families back in Asia.

Justin Tse, a doctoral student at UBC’s school of geography, co-authored the study that found children of astronaut parents “often perceive [their parents] as inconsistent, fragmentary interruptions in their otherwise independent lives, [changing] the character of intra-family relations.”

Read full story from South China Morning Post HERE.

UBC Journal of International Affairs — Call for Submissions

The UBC Journal of International Affairs is excited to announce a call for papers for its 2014 edition!

The Journal of International Affairs is a student-run, peer- and faculty-reviewed, internationally-distributed undergraduate publication. Since 1985, the Journal has showcased distinguished papers written by students across a range of faculties and departments from the U21 research university network. Contributing to the Journal affords students an invaluable opportunity to have their work published early in their academic careers. The deadline for submissions is December 23rd, 2013.

We are looking for research papers written on global issues, from across disciplines. In recent years we have published papers on diverse subjects ranging from intrastate conflict and hybrid tribunals in post-conflict countries, to global indigenous politics and development.

Please note that submissions are not restricted to these topics, and students are encouraged to submit papers related to any issues they feel are relevant to the study of global politics. All papers will be considered on their merits, and the 5-10 top papers will be published.

All papers must meet the following requires in order to be considered for publication:

  • Must be the original, unpublished work of the author
  • Must include a title, the author’s name and year, and the course name for which the paper was written
  • Must have received a grade of 80% percent or higher
  • Must be in .doc format, 1500-3500 words in length, and include citations and a full bibliography in Chicago Style

Authors are strongly encouraged to review their papers, and to use any feedback they may have received to strengthen their submission. Staff editors will also work with authors to refine and improve their papers before publication. Each author may submit two papers for consideration. Past editions can be found on our website at

We look forward to your papers! Please send them to Kelsey Franks, Editor-in-Chief, UBC Journal of International Affairs at

Revolution and Erosion in China Talk

Sponsor: Centre for Chinese Research and China Environmental Science & Sustainability Research Group
Place: Seminar Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall
By: Professor Stevan Harrell, Anthropologist of China and Taiwan, University of Washington
Type: Seminar
Dates: Monday, Dec 09, 2013 to Monday, Dec 09, 2013
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

The PRC developmental state, in both its Maoist and its Reform incarnations, has altered the natural environment in a variety of ways.  One of these is soil erosion.  This presentation draws on theoretical frameworks from resilience ecology, ethnoecology, and development studies to analyze the relationship between revolution and erosion at large and small scales, including statistics and examples from all over the country and our own multidisciplinary study of soil transport in a mountain valley in southern Sichuan. 


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Call for Papers: Strange Worlds We Live In: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs

CÉPI-CIPS/CEPSI-CIPSS Graduate Student Conference
March 14-15, 2014
University of Ottawa – Ottawa, Canada


The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS; University of Ottawa) and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS; Université de Montreal and McGill University) are pleased to announce the 5th annual Graduate Student Conference, to take place March 14-15, 2014 at the University of Ottawa. The theme of this multidisciplinary and bilingual conference is Strange Worlds We Live In: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Affairs.  


Masters and doctoral students in a wide range of disciplines – including, but not limited to: political science, international relations, international development, law, peace and conflict studies, gender studies, geography, economics and sociology – are invited to present their research on the challenges and opportunities facing the international community in its pursuit of peace, security, and development. The conference aims to include both theoretical and policy-oriented research.


We are seeking to showcase student research covering a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to:
  • New Transnational Security issues: Climate Change, Finance, and Health
  • Rethinking the place of International Security, Human Security and Private Security
  • Defense in the 21st century: unconventional threats and new approaches
  • Transnational migration and citizenship
  • Post-conflict peacebuilding: Rethinking processes of Institutional Reform, Democratization, and Reconciliation
  • NGOs, International Organizations, and transnational networks in global affairs
  • Development, Technical Assistance and Democracy Promotion in Challenging Environments, as well as the role of emerging powers in these areas
  • Contemporary approaches to conflict resolution and diplomacy, including Track Two
This conference offers graduate students an excellent opportunity to gain feedback on their work and hone their presentation skills, as well as a vibrant atmosphere for networking with numerous scholars and practitioners representing a diverse array of fields.


Abstracts: Masters and doctoral students from any university may submit abstracts in English or French. Abstracts should be approximately 250 words. In addition, please include your name, program of study, department, and university. Abstracts should be sent to by January 15, 2014 at 5:00pm EST. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by January 31, 2014 and will be required to submit their final paper March 3, 2014 at 5:00pm EST



Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2014 at 5:00pm EST
Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2014
Paper Deadline: March 3, 2014 at 5:00pm EST
Publication: The “Best Paper” presented at the conference will be automatically eligible for publication in Potentia, the annual CIPS Graduate Student Journal.


Programming: Students will present their research in thematic panels, each moderated by a professor or researcher affiliated with CIPS or CIPSS. In addition, there will be numerous networking and social opportunities, as well as a high-level opening panel featuring speakers to be announced in the coming months.


Funding: CIPSS will cover transportation costs for a limited number of students from Montreal. Students from outside Montreal may apply for one of five travel bursaries, each worth a maximum of $400. Additional funding may become available. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for financial assistance when you submit your abstract.


Accommodation: Conference participants from the University of Ottawa will host visiting students.


For further information, please contact us at or visit
We look forward to receiving your submissions and to having you join us!


Kathleen Angers, Thomas Bernier-Villeneuve, Benjamin Foldy, Adam Moscoe,
Émilie Noël, and Sarah Saublet
CÉPI-CIPS/CEPSI-CIPSS Graduate Student Conference Committee

Call for Submissions: SCARP Symposium Poster Competition “Embracing ComplexCity”

Have you worked on a neat solution to a complex environmental, social, or economic problem? Do you want to share your idea with the Vancouver planning community?

The UBC School of Community and Regional Planning is excited to announce the first SCARP Student Symposium Poster Competition, which is now open for submissions. The competition is open to graduate students from across UBC who have worked on topics related to the theme of the Symposium (Embracing ComplexCity!) and wish to share their ideas.

Detailed information is available through the Symposium website<>, including judging criteria and deadlines.

Cash prizes available! Thanks to generous sponsorship from Urban Systems Ltd two prizes of $200 each will go to the winning posters judged by a team of faculty members and professionals and by popular vote the day of the Symposium.


Call for Papers: Politics of Place: A Journal for Postgraduates, Issue 02: Technology

Politics of Place: A Journal for Postgraduates, Issue 02: Technology
Politics of Place is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduates. It publishes exceptional research focusing on the relationship between culture and spatiality in works of literature, engaging particularly with issues of nationhood, community, class, marginality, and the self. The journal places specific emphasis on the complex interactions between physical environments and human activity.
Following the release of Issue 01, which developed the theme of “Maps and Margins”, we are now seeking submissions for the second issue which speak to the theme of “Technology”.
It is easy to think that technology now plays a larger part in our daily lives than ever before. Yet technology, mediating knowledge and purpose, has accompanied mankind in its development over a much longer term. In this themed issue, it is from the starting point of the humanities, complementing and free to problematise scientific enquiry, that we feel important questions about the nature, relations, philosophy, and future of technology can be posed. Such questions may include:
– What does technology help to articulate?
– What are the political and poetic spaces that technology opens?
– How does access to technology affect emotional, spiritual, physical, and economic lives?
– How does technology intercept, and even create, nature?
– What are the technologies of representation?
– What are the technologies of human contact and expression?
– What are the technologies of violence and oppression?
– What is uniquely compelling about technology?
We hope in this issue to facilitate a conversation that draws upon a diversity of approaches, texts, and ideas to examine the assemblages, the controversies, and the lived experience of technology in our world.
To be considered for this issue, papers must be received by 31 January 2014.
To find out more about the journal and how to submit, please visit<>

Neoliberal urbanism: artful alternatives? by Jamie Peck

Tuesday November 12, 7pm
Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s (149 West Hastings)

What does it mean to say that cities like Vancouver have taken a “neoliberal” turn, embracing market-oriented policies while paying little more than lip service to questions of social welfare, affordability, and environmental sustainability? Does the embrace of “creativity” really hold the promise of an alternative path, or does it threaten more of the same? Exploring these questions, Jamie Peck will chart the rise of the neoliberal city, calling attention to its mutations, its limits, and to its alternatives.

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at UBC. An economic geographer with interests in labour studies, urban theory, and the politics of globalization, his publications includeConstructions of Neoliberal Reason and the co-edited collection, Contesting Neoliberalism: Urban Frontiers.

Upcoming speakers include:  Urban Subjects (February 12), Stephen Collis (March 12), Kirsty Robertson (April)

Spaces of Contestation is a series of talks, performances, public actions, publications, and an exhibition that examines the collective walk/protest/public demonstration as both a performance and a social formation. The core of the project is in four collaborations between artists and community organizations, that initiate community engagement and democratic use of public space via the realization of site-specific participatory performances.

The project is co-presented with the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the SFU Institute for the Humanities, and is supported through the BC Arts Council’s Arts-Based Community Development Program.


For more information on the project:

Assistant / Associate Professor – Urban Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM

The Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Urban Geography at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2014.

The Department seeks a candidate with a strong background in quantitative research as well as a research and teaching program focused on critical urban issues including, for example, migration/immigration, health, urban sprawl, and transportation. The successful candidate must have a PhD in geography or a related discipline by time of appointment or shortly thereafter, as well as demonstrated excellence in scholarly research and teaching.

In addition to developing a strong research program and engaging in teaching at the University of Toronto, the successful candidate will be involved with the research and teaching activities of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a collaborative network involving New York University, the University of Toronto and other international universities and partners (


CUSP is a unique public-private research centre that focuses on research and developing technologies for the critical challenges facing the world’s cities, including infrastructure, transportation, public safety, and public health. The successful candidate will be one of a number of targeted CUSP faculty hires across the University of Toronto as part of this exciting initiative.

The appointment will be at UTM, which has a strong interdisciplinary commitment to teaching and research, a multicultural student body of 12,000 students, and a modern, spacious campus, where the appointee will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate faculty appointment in the tri-campus Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto, a department with strengths and interdisciplinary linkages in physical and human geography and the environment. Active participation in the UTM Geography and Environment undergraduate programs, as well as in the graduate program of the Department of Geography and Program in Planning is expected.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link: Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, examples of publications, and materials relevant to teaching experience. All materials must be received by January 10, 2014 (no email applications will be accepted). Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Kathi Wilson, at All application materials should be submitted online. The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:


Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the Department via email by the closing date. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

GPS Workshop

Registration is now open for:


GPS/SCARL Workshop II:  Exploring and Visualizing Data November 13, 2013; 10:00am to 12:00pm For a complete session description, please visit: .
To register, see:


Please note: Nov 4 – 8 is Thrive week at UBC.  Check out their events and workshops at .


For upcoming GPS workshops, visit