Naomi Pope MA 2002

Current Work:  Director of Research & Analysis, BC Ministry of Advanced Education                                                                             

I chose SCARP for its strong international reputation, big-picture approach, and flexibility to explore both theoretical and applied concepts for a wide range of planning issues. After the completion of my thesis at SCARP, I was awarded several fellowships, as a Fulbright and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.  While completing my PhD dissertation, I lived in Hong Kong, and received several grants to conduct research in Australia, New Zealand the Czech Republic. After a brief period as an assistant professor at the University of Victoria, I joined BC Public Service in 2008, where I received a Pacific Leaders Scholarship to attend the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Currently, I serve as Director of Research and Analysis in the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. One of the key projects I initiated and implemented as part of a collaborative effort to spatialize BC’s economic assets is the BC Economic Atlas – a web-based mapping application that integrates and displays spatial economic and natural resource data to support business and investment opportunity identification, business case analysis and business and investment decision-making in BC. As part of the technology and innovation portfolio, I initiated and led a LEAN transformation of the BC Knowledge Development Fund to accelerate research investment and innovation in British Columbia.

My time at SCARP was pivotal in shaping my career trajectory. A consistent theme in my approach to research and policy analysis is how to cross-pollinate ideas with both academic and professional best practices for innovative strategies and solutions. SCARP gave me the critical thinking skills to ask the right questions, to identify and create opportunities that deliver public value.