M.A. in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics


Dear Colleague:
We are writing to request your assistance in alerting your students to our program, a Master of Arts in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics (ERDE) at the University of Winnipeg, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In the ERDE program, all students take core courses in economic theory and quantitative methods, as well as field courses in the areas of environmental, resource and development economics.  The program is normally completed in one year. Small class sizes and close interaction with faculty are hallmarks of the program. More information on the ERDE program is available in the attached brochure and on our website:

Prospective students must apply online to the ERDE program by February 1st, 2017 at https://oa.uwinnipeg.ca/OnlineAdmissions/

This year students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program. Information on this program can be found at: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/graduate-studies/scholarships-and-awards/queen-elizabeth-ii-diamond-jubilee-scholarship-program.html  

Any queries can be directed to the Graduate Program Chair, Dr.  Melanie O’Gorman, at m.ogorman@uwinnipeg.ca, or to our Departmental Assistant, Ashley Moore, at econgrad@uwinnipeg.ca.
ERDE Graduate Program Committee, University of Winnipeg

MFRE Speaker – Nov 18th


Policing Loan Sharks: Evidence from the unlicensed money lending market in Singapore

Speakers: Kaiwen Leong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and  Haibo Xu, Fudan University, Shanghai


Friday, November 18, 2016, 2 – 4 pm
1001 – Orchard Commons, UBC (6363 Agronomy Rd)

Preliminary Draft.

Using a unique dataset, the speakers study the unlicensed money lending market in Singapore. In this market, borrowers search for loan sharks to borrow from and loan sharks decide how much money to extort from the borrowers. In equilibrium, they observe dispersion over the degree of extortion by different lenders. A sizable number of borrowers are the recurring customers of some loan sharks. As search friction increases due to heightened enforcement efforts to arrest unlicensed moneylenders, it becomes increasingly difficult for borrowers to find loan sharks in the market. Loan sharks who previously extorted heavily from borrowers and thus had difficulty retaining customers are now finding it easier to do so. Finally, they find that increasing enforcement efforts by the authorities, on average, have the following effects:

§  The initial interest rate attached to the loan agreed upon by both the lender and the borrowers increases,

§  the loan amount that the lender is willing to give out to the borrower decreases,

§  the amount of money the lender extorts from the borrower increases, and

§  harassment activities by the lenders directed against the borrower fell in terms of both severity and frequency.



Thesis Defense – MSc – ISLFS


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems Announces 

The Oral Examination for the Degree of  MSc in ISLFS


Looking to Vancouver’s elders: The 1960’s and 1970’s Food counterculture story and how it informs the contemporary incarnation of Vancouver’s food sustainability movement; an interdisciplinary qualitative study.

Friday, December 9th,  2016 at  10:00 am
Room 350 – MacMillan Building

Supervisory committee:
Dr. C. Thrush – Co-Supervisor
Dr. A. Rojas – Co-Supervisor
Dr. A. Bomke – Committee member 

Defense Committee Composition
Dr. S. Smukler – Chair
Dr. C. Thrush – Co-Supervisor
Dr. A. Rojas – Co-Supervisor
Dr. A. Bomke – Committee member
Dr. L. Paris  – External 

Everyone is welcome

Doctoral Examination Deadlines for Spring 2017 Graduation


 The first of four doctoral examination deadlines for students looking to graduate in the May 2017 Congregation is approaching. If there are students  who are aiming to complete their programs this spring then we ask that you make them aware of these upcoming deadlines: 

·         Friday, December 2, 2016 – Nominations for External Examiner form submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

·         Friday, January 27, 2017 – Doctoral dissertation and supporting documentation submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for external examination.

·         Friday, March 24, 2017 – Last day for final doctoral oral examinations.

·         Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Acceptance of final, approved doctoral dissertation by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 

Students who are hoping to graduate in the spring but are concerned about their ability to meet any of the above deadlines should contact the Doctoral Exams Office as soon as possible at graduate.doctoral@ubc.ca. 

There is still space available in next week’s Doctoral Exam Preparation sessions (see www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15462-doctoral-exam-preparation for in-person,

www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15456-doctoral-exam-preparation-webinar for webinar). Copies of the slides and a recording of the webinar will be available on our Tools for Planning page for anyone unable to attend. 

Students and supervisors looking for information on the doctoral examination process will find a number of additional tools and resources on our website: 

·         Final Doctoral Examination Guidehttps://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/final-doctoral-exam/final-doctoral-examination-guide

·         Doctoral Deadlineshttps://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/final-doctoral-exam/doctoral-deadlines

·         Doctoral Examination Planning Tool and Checklisthttps://www.grad.ubc.ca/forms/doctoral-examinations-planning-tool-checklist-candidates-supervisors 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Warm regards,

Jenn Fletcher

Doctoral Exams Coordinator | Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 822 3989 | Fax 604 822 5802

201 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2


Graduate Pathways to Success: Time Management (via webinar)


Considering 3MT in 2017? Start getting ready by partaking in the APSC 3MT Training Session “Strategies for Presenting your Thesis in 3 Minutes” next Thursday, November 24 from 11:00 AM to 12:30PM.  For information on 3MT see http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/.  To register see https://survey.ubc.ca/s/APSC-3MT-training/
Note: this event is specifically targeted at APSC students. If you are interested in hosting a coaching session in your department, contact us at
graduate.pathways@ubc.ca . 

Registration is now open for:
Time Management (via Webinar)

Wednesday, November 23 | 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

For further information or to register, visit www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15774-time-management-webinar 

There is still space in this week’s sessions:

Thesis Boot Camp with a Graduate Student “Getting your thesis written” panel discussion (panel is 1 hr, Tuesday, 1 – 2 PM)

Tuesday, Nov 15 and Wednesday, Nov 16 | 1:00PM to 5:00PM www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15784-thesis-boot-camp 

Submitting Your Thesis

Thursday, Nov 17 | 9:00AM to 10:15AM (in-person) www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15460-submitting-your-thesis

1:00PM to 2:15PM (webinar) www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15455-submitting-your-thesis-webinar 

Doctoral Exam Preparation
Thursday, Nov 17 | 10:30AM to 11:45AM (in-person) www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15462-doctoral-exam-preparation|

2:30PM to 3:45PM (webinar) www.grad.ubc.ca/about-us/events/15456-doctoral-exam-preparation-webinar 

Please visit the community.grad.ubc.ca forums for other graduate student opportunities including:

Post-graduation Work Permit Workshop, Nov 14, 4:30PM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/3010

Teaching Oral Communication in Science, Nov 17: 9:30AM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/3014

Program Completion and Your Student Finances, Nov 23, 10:00AM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/3007

Expanding Your Academic Profile Network, Nov 24, 1:30PM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/2996

Repaying Your Student Loans, Nov 24, 2:00PM https://community.grad.ubc.ca/event/2977 

Please let me know if you have questions,


Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program
Office of the Dean | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca | @ubcgradschool