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Beyond Text Collective 

Beyond Text is a multi-disciplinary collective of scholars and artists housed at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. The group's practices are framed by the belief that the visual and sensorial realms of human cognition allow us to perceive and represent bodies, cities, and societies to communicate in ways that go beyond ‘the text.’ In going beyond ‘text’, sound and visual become ‘the subject’. The group encourages critical conversations and projects that use digital technologies and the audio-visual realm to creatively express and communicate issues concerning bodies, cities, and societies. In this pursuit our network hosts collaborations and exchanges between scholars, artists, and communities beyond the university. The collective includes, but is not limited to, scholars and artists from diverse disciplinary fields like visual arts, film, photography, journalism, anthropology, sociology, urban and regional studies, architecture, and engineering.

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Comparative Urban Studies Network

The Comparative Urban Studies Network is a multi-disciplinary network of scholars housed at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC. The Network engages in conversations around the emerging challenge of comparison in urban studies. This challenge has emerged in a context where we see a dismantling of older classifications – for instance, First, Second, Third World - through which the knowledge of the urban world was organized, and we are concerned with addressing the question: what can be compared, towards what ends, and in what ways? We hope to become a platform that encourages critical conversations around this issue with scholars from diverse disciplinary fields like, but not limited to, urban and regional studies, architecture, visual arts, geography, sociology, anthropology, history, engineering, and environmental studies.

For more information, please contact the Network Lead, Rohit Mujumdar at

Contemporary Conflict Group

The contemporary conflict group is a student-run platform for discussing the problems of quantitative and qualitative research on contemporary conflict. The group brings together students and faculty with an interdisciplinary background interested in and working on the issues of contemporary conflict, particularly, but not limited to, violent intra-state conflict. The overarching objective is to facilitate participants in the development and sharing of ideas and building a pool of knowledge and a support network around the challenging research on contemporary conflict.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Network

The CSR network is focused on sharing leading edge research and encouraging lively debate among academics and practitioners regarding corporations and global sustainability. The Network will sponsor a range of activities at the Liu Institute including panel discussions, guest speakers, film screenings, workshops, and conferences. For more information on CSR activities at the Liu Institute, please visit

Gender & Sexuality in Latin America

The Liu Research Group on Gender and Sexuality in Latin America aims to contribute to ongoing discussions about Latin American gender relations, sexual politics, and feminist theories by bringing together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty interested in these issues. Through a series of reading sessions and film screenings this group seeks to challenge essentialist gender ideologies, explore contemporary social movements organized around issues of gender and sexuality, consider alternative sexualities, and interrogate notions about Latin America as a homogeneous region in critical ways.

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Global Health Network

The Liu Global Health Network (GHN) seeks to enable the development of broad, transdisciplinary conceptions of global health - towards a more inclusive approach.  The Network will host a range of activities at the Liu Institute that:

  • Challenge established and taken-for-granted perspectives on global health;
  • Challenge established discourses for addressing global health related issues in local, national and global contexts and contributes to new ones;
  • Explore and puts forward transdisciplinary developments in global health (Forestry, Arts, Humanities, Sciences);
  • Address the implications of global health on the Liu themes of Sustainability, Security, and Social Justice.

Global health can be conceptualized as an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving well-being of people in ways that are just, equitable, and sustainable. It emphasizes transnational issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes transdisciplinary collaboration. The Global Health Network takes an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to explore new ideas and ways of learning to catalyze innovative thinking and positive societal change.

For more information, please contact Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, Associate Professor, Family Practice, Medicine at and visit:

International Development Research Network (IDRN)

The International Development Research Network (IDRN) is an initiative of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (LIGI), located at the Univeristy of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Its vision is to provide a vibrant, interactive hub for researchers, practitioners, and communities from around the globe to collaborate on issues of development. IDRN is an inclusive social web, designed to connect people working on a broad spectrum of issues. Discussions will encompass a wide range of topics, from sustainability, to technology transfer, to urbanization, to education. If you are interested in joining the IDRN and would like to be notified of upcoming events, please send us your contact information by e-mail (  We invite participation from all sectors including NGOs, government, business, and academia.

For more information, please visit or watch the video below.







Working Group on Labor in the Global Economy

This Working Group will bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary group of scholars working on issues related to the most vulnerable forms of labor in the global economy to share cutting edge research and encourage lively debate. Geared towards developing new ways of understanding, conceptualizing, measuring, and responding to the forces driving labor market insecurity, the Working Group will foster collaboration among scholars in this area as well as sponsor a range of activities at the Liu Institute including workshops and conferences. 

Working Group on Latin America and the Global

This working group will investigate the relation between Latin America and broader, global forces. The group will ask how large-scale processes have shaped and even constituted Latin America and consider how Latin America in turn has influenced or inspired events elsewhere in the world. 

For more information, please contact Coordinator Magdalena Ugarte or visit:

Migration Network

The Liu Migration Network is a network of approximately one hundred graduate students working in the field of migration studies at UBC. The network, formerly called the Graduate Student Migration Network (GSMN), has been in existence since 2004. It is now affiliated with the Liu Institute, an arrangement that will provide more resources and opportunities for all members.

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The Philippine Studies Series: Academics, Action, Art

The Philippine Studies Series: Academics, Action, Art aims to provide a venue for the discussion of Philippine issues within UBC; contribute to the promotion of multiculturalism, as well as the integration of the Filipino community in Canada; and help sustain a Vancouver-based network of scholars and community members interested in Philippine topics.

For more information, please visit:

Post/Colonial, Critical Race and Feminist Group 

The Post/Colonial, Critical Race and Feminist Theory group is an Interdisciplinary study group focusing on contemporary theoretical and methodological advances in the scholarship of the ‘global’ as it relates to the following key topics: violence, displacement and social suffering; empire, race and sex; neoliberalism, the state and trans/nationalisms; Orientalism, modernity and Islamophobia. The group meets on a monthly basis and includes UBC faculty, graduate students, Community College Instructors and community activists.  Meetings are organized around reading sessions, research presentations and film and video screenings.
For more information, pleaes contact Dr. Sunera Thobani at

Transitional Justice Network

The Transitional Justice Network (TJN) was founded in 2009 at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. TJN brings together a diverse group of scholars working on issues related to both formal and informal processes of social recovery and reconstruction, historical memory and transformation, and justice and the law to address the social, economic and political impact of organized violence and systematic deprivation.

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