Colin Dring

Agricultural Planning, Equity, Participation, Food Sovereignty
Hannah Wittman & Lenore Newman

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Being both innately driven to question and to mobilize change, a PhD offered the opportunity to combine these characteristics and to develop the skills, knowledges, connections and people to advance a more equitable and sustainable agri-food system.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

Having done my undergraduate degree in soil science at UBC and having worked closely with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems during my tenure as the Executive Director for the Richmond Food Security Society, UBC offered professional and academic opportunities embedded in the communities that I continue to work with.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems was appealing as it is an interdisciplinary program with a high degree of flexibility and connections across campus. It has allowed me to pursue a range of disciplinary avenues and networks that might not have been available in another program.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Being born and raised in the region, the greatest surprise about UBC is how much it continues to change at a rapid pace with an increasingly neoliberal agenda of growth and development over community engagement and modelling a more progressive and equitable university-city.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Pace yourselves, learn very quickly to establish clear boundaries between work and self-care, and establish strong networks of support both in academia and outside.