Dana James

PhD Student | Liu Scholar


Dana is a first-year PhD student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Broadly, her research interests include agroecology, food sovereignty, food systems sustainability, and international agricultural development. Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Hannah Wittman, will empirically investigate the relationship between farm size and various social, economic, and environmental outcomes in Brazil. Her studies are supported by a UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship and the International Tuition Award.

Dana graduated from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College in 2013 with dual degrees in Environmental Resource Management and Community, Environment, and Development and dual minors in International Agriculture and Water Resources. She was granted a US-UK Fulbright award to attend Newcastle University, where she carried out her MPhil research on native foods and nation branding in Peru. Her prior experience includes consulting for the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to improve knowledge sharing amongst agricultural development practitioners; working on a USAID-funded project assessing Cambodia’s agricultural training and education system; and conducting research on the effects of climate and land use change on a keystone tree species in Spain under a National Science Foundation grant.

Email: dana.m.james91 [at] gmail.com