John Hopeson Anku
John Hopeson Anku is a second year student of MA International Studies-International Development. He is originally from Ghana and holds degrees in Political Science and International Affairs from University of Ghana. John has interest in discussions around the equitable distribution of opportunities and resources that contributes to the realization of a just and equitable society. His current research work is focused on examining how farmers are experiencing and responding to processes of land grabs in selected agrarian communities in Ghana.
Abby is excited to begin her second year of the MA International Development Studies program at UNBC. Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Abby completed her Bachelor of Arts in both International Development Studies and Political Science at Saint Mary’s University. Her particular field of interest includes Environmental Guardianship Programs and Community Based Environmental Resource monitoring. In previous years Abby has travelled internationally to learn about Fair Trade Coffee and has coordinated awareness campaigns to educate her local communities on the various issues surrounding economic development and international trade. She has also travelled to the Model United Nations Conference in New York, Manhattan for three consecutive years in order to further her knowledge of sustainable development and international cooperation. Abby hopes to advocate for a healthy environment for all of the earth’s species and a more equitable world.
Nnamdi Reginald Ihekwaba
Nnamdi Reginald Ihekwaba is thrilled with his first-year academic experience in the International Development stream of the MA International studies program. Nnamdi grew up in Nigeria where he was awarded a BSc. degree on completion of the Business Economics program at Babcock University. Thereafter, he worked with an International NGO which conducts research, and delivers health solutions that improve lives, policies, and programs around the world. He has also done collaborative work with a reputable International advertising agency and is an APMG certified Project Management for development professional. His passion encircles the capability approach as it relates to innovation and inclusive economic development, equity in International cooperation, and the futures thinking approach to sustainable development solutions. Nnamdi loves music, soccer and networking.
Rachelle Munchinsky is a part-time student in the International Development stream of the MA International Studies program. Rachelle grew up in Prince George, receiving a joint bachelors from UNBC in English and History in 2012. She has worked at the College of New Caledonia since graduation in the International Education department. Her professional career inspired her to return to UNBC to pursue a Master's in International Studies. Her research interests include South-Asian immigration to northern British Columbia, gender, labour and international education. Rachelle is married and has two young boys that keep her busy in addition to her graduate work and professional career.
Fikayo Sipe is a graduate student in the International Development stream of the International Studies MA program. Fikayo is an international student from Nigeria, he completed his bachelor's degree in International law and Diplomacy at Babcock University Ogun State, Nigeria. His academic interests include the Political Economy of Natural Resource Extraction and Global Economy and Development. He is currently enrolled in his second year in the international development program. Fikayo is passionate about sustainable development and community building.
Sandra Amongin is in her first year of study in the International Development stream of the MA International Studies program. Sandra is from Uganda where she obtained a BSc in Forestry with a Major in Community Forestry at Makerere University. Thereafter she worked with a not-for-profit organisation which promoted sustainable environmental management alongside sustainable community livelihood enhancement strategies. Sandra is undertaking research that focuses on highlighting the role of climate change in the food security agenda in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. She is passionate about sustainable development that promotes integration of communities, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, gender considerations, and environmental management.
Ebunoluwa Elizabeth Adefowokan is a candidate of MA International Studies-Regional Relations’ from Nigeria. She is passionate about peacekeeping and peacebuilding in pre and post-conflict communities. She holds both a Diploma and B.A degree in History and International Studies from the Ekiti State University of Nigeria. Her current research work is focused on examining the United Nations’ incorporation of gender-based strategies and programmes in the reintegration of internally displaced persons in post-conflict North-east Nigeria and beyond. She is also a recipient of the Spring 2018 UNBC Research Project Award. Ebunoluwa Adefowokan loves to sing, cook, and meet people.
Jenny Lind is a student in the Development stream of the International Studies MA program. She grew up in Prince George and completed her BA in Community Development at Daystar University, Kenya. Her academic interests are entered around the participatory development, sustainability and women. After completing her BA she spent a year in London before pursuing her MA at UNBC. She is currently working on her MA thesis about community-based women’s organizations in Northern British Columbia.
Kate Van Dam
Hi! I am Kate Van Dam, and am currently starting my second year as a graduate student in International Studies, in the Global Environmental Policy stream at UNBC. I received my BA in International Development at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. Originally hailing from Ontario, I love the contrast of landscape to that of BC, and have fell in love with the West-- particularly the culture and lifestyle of Northern BC! For much of my employment I’ve worked with children and youth in a variety of contexts. After finishing my BA I worked at a leadership centre near Algonquin Park in Ontario, and was astonished by the rich experience and experiential learning that was facilitated there. The relationships and reflections developed between students, and the connections to place that transpired in this environment really started me on my journey to my thesis topic.
Since being at UNBC I've gotten to pursue my research interests through field schools around topics of extractive resources, communities and public participation, and youth engagement. Using a place-based approach in the context of watershed NGOs, I hope to uncover different practices used by NGOs in the Nechako and Skeena watersheds that engage youth from their communities.