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Vanessa Banta
Liu Scholar, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Geography

Born and raised in the city of Metro Manila, Philippines, Vanessa is currently a PhD student in Geography at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Professor Geraldine Pratt. She hopes to embark on a dissertation project that will not only sit at the intersection of migration, tourism, and development studies, but also environment studies. She aims to analyze the Philippine government’s economic development strategy that relies heavily on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for remittances when away and tourist revenue when at home. Here in Vancouver, Vanessa in an active member of Migrante-BC, a community based organization committed to the protection of the rights and welfare of Filipino immigrants and migrants workers in British Columbia, Canada.

Before coming to UBC, Vanessa was faculty member of the Department of Theatre and Speech Communications of the University of the Philippines and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in theatre history, theory and dramaturgy. While teaching, she was part of the Congress of Teachers and Educators for National Democracy (CONTEND-UP), an organization committed to organizing teachers for a progressive education workers’ movement.

Vanessa has masters in arts degrees in Performance Studies and Theatre Studies and has also worked for several theatre productions in Manila, New York and Abu Dhabi as dramaturg and assistant stage manager. She hopes to make use of theatre performance as one way to share the results of her dissertation research with a wider audience.

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