Elizabeth Cooper MA 2004

Current Work:  Assistant Professor, SFU School for International Studies                       

My MA at SCARP, which was earned between 2002 and 2004, proved to be a critical juncture in my career and life. Through the learning done in the SCARP classrooms and especially during my thesis research concerning the experiences of young refugees living in a protracted refugee settlement in Kenya, I realized the path I wanted to take would continue to combine people-centered research with political economy questions. Immediately following my MA in planning, I went on to study social and cultural anthropology at the University of Oxford in England. I obtained my PhD in anthropology from Oxford in 2011 and I am now an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University’s School for International Studies. I have spent the past ten years conducting research in Kenya and Uganda regarding refugees’ experiences, property rights and poverty dynamics, the broad social implications of wide-scale orphaning due to HIV/AIDS, and students’ protests. I currently teach about poverty, inequality, development practice and ethics, and I have published several academic articles and co-edited a book featuring my research in Kenya. In my research and teaching I continue to draw from planning theory and practice.