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Named after Dr. Jieh Jow Liou, the Liu Institute for Global Issues takes an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to explore new ideas and ways of learning to catalyze innovative thinking and positive societal change.

Founded in 1998 by Professor Ivan Head and opened in 2000, the Institute acts as a hub for global research and emerging issues at the University of British Columbia (UBC). A hallmark of the Liu Institute's approach is bridging the gap between academia and practitioners. As a result, faculty, students, and staff engage in both the policy development process and action on the ground. Through its publications, teaching, engagement in the policy process and links to practitioners, the Liu Institute seeks to improve knowledge, facilitate dialogue and information sharing, and act as a catalyst for change. 

Our Mission: The Liu Institute for Global Issues  conducts and facilitates research on global issues, striving to turn this into action and policy to advance sustainability, security, and social justice. This is understood as moving toward economic, social, and environmental interactions that promote the well-being of people in ways that are just, equitable, and sustainable. Liu faculty and students pursue policy-relevant research on emerging issues that demand innovative, interdisciplinary, and impact-oriented responses from the academic community.

Liu's Director is Moura Quayle and the Deputy Director is Julie Wagemakers. Please click here for a brief overview of the Liu Institute's activities, including current programs and research.

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Surrounded by lush forest, the Liu Institute is an award-winning, sustainable building designed by Arthur Erickson, located in the northwest corner of the UBC campus, across from the Museum of Anthropology (Map).

Liu Institute for Global Issues
The University of British Columbia 
6476 NW Marine Drive 
Vancouver, BC 
Canada V6T 1Z2

In the Area on the UBC Vancouver Campus:

There is plenty to do near the Liu Institute. Come for a visit to this northwest corner of campus!


Enjoy contemplation and exploration at the Museum of Anthropology, a place of unique architectural beauty, provocative programming and dynamic, contemporary exhibitions on world arts and cultures.

Relax at Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden.

Take in a concert in the gorgeous Chan Centre for Performing Arts or a play at the Frederic Wood Theatre.

Be amazed by contemporary art at the Belkin Art Gallery.

Grab lunch (free-range and organic meats, wherever possible!) with friends at Koerner’s Pub then head down to the beach.




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