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.
Mission: The Liu Institute 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.
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 Institute is to provide innovative learning and research opportunities for UBC graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and community members that help to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners.
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
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!