Up to three Research Assistantships for Masters students are available to work under the supervision of Professor Fiona MacPhail and/or Professor Paul Bowles (Department of Economics, University of Northern British Columbia) as part of the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP).
UNBC, in partnership with the University of Victoria, Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is conducting a multi-year research and engagement project called Mapping the power of the carbon-extractive corporate resource sector (short name: Corporate Mapping Project). Co-Directed by Professor William Carroll at the University of Victoria and Shannon Daub at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, this partnership brings academic researchers, civil society organizations, and Aboriginal participants together to study the power of the fossil fuel industry in Western Canada by investigating the ways corporate power is organized and exercised. For more information about the Corporate Mapping Project, please see www.corporatemapping.ca
As part of the CMP, Professors MacPhail and Bowles invite expressions of interest from potential graduate students to work on the CMP. Research will include mapping hydrocarbon commodity chains, identifying contentious "flashpoints" along those chains, examining corporate social responsibility documents, and interviewing groups within northern British Columbia affected by hydrocarbon development. Each Research Assistantship is tenable for two years at UNBC and is valued at $20,000. Preference will be given to students with a social science background; students applying for any graduate program at UNBC are eligible for consideration.