Nora Angeles


Dipl., B.A.,M.A., PhD. (Queen's University)

Associate Professor, Admissions Chair, joint appointment with GRSJ

  • Office: WMAX 239

Leonora (Nora) C Angeles, in addition to her appointment at SCARP, is also:

  • An Associate Professor at UBC’s Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program
  • An Associate Professor and Director at UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • The Graduate Program Advisor of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • (Formerly) a Faculty research associate at the UBC Centre for Human Settlements, where she was involved in a number of applied research and capacity-building research projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries.

Nora's continuing research and interests are on community and international development studies and social policy, participatory planning and governance, participatory action research, and the politics of transnational feminist networks, women’s movements and agrarian issues, particularly in the Southeast Asian region. Her inquiries include:


gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the integration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work. 


conditions, factors and principles that contribute to the democratization of governance and planning processes; opportunities and constraints in civic engagement for deliberative local governance, including those that relate to the challenges of political decentralization, participatory budgeting and use of participatory planning tools such as Participatory Rural Appraisal; understanding the context of public participation and community organizing using the lenses of social identities and difference including class, gender, race, sexuality, (dis)ability and life cycle.


politics and planning practices of national and international women's organizations and other social movements from transnationalism studies perspectives.


principles, ethical considerations, and challenges in doing (feminist) Participatory Action Research within community-university partnerships and capacity-building projects in local and international contexts.

Nora Angeles


  • UBC Women’s and Gender Studies
  • UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies

Research and Specialties

  • Community development / social planning
  • EDI perspectives and practice
  • Participatory action research
  • Participatory planning
  • Planning institutions
  • Planning policy
  • Social movements
  • Southeast Asia
  • Transnational development
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