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Julia Sterling

discourse analysis, ecofeminism, environmental justice, crisis response, interconnections between COVID 19 response and the climate crisis response

Degrees:MA Candidate

Before beginning your studies at the Institute of Political Economy where did you study and what program(s) were you enrolled in?

I was enrolled at Carleton University in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies program specializing in Globalization and the environment.

What is it specifically that attracted you to study Political Economy at Carleton?

The interdisciplinary approach to studying pressing world issues encourages a culture of collaboration, sharing and making connections between different systems, fields of research, and action. Specifically, this approach is, I believe most effective to discuss global environmental issues to reveal diverse intersections, interrogate effective solutions, and understand root causes and systems at the core of the issues.

My areas of research interest include…

discourse analysis, ecofeminism, environmental justice, crisis response, interconnections between COVID19 response and the climate crisis response.

What activities have you been involved in lately?

Species at risk public educator with the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island

What advice would you give to a prospective Political Economy graduate student?

Learn how to listen deeply and intently to the colleagues, friends, and faculty that surround you. The beauty of an interdisciplinary program is that there are diverse fields of interest, experiences, and personalities which make for unique forms of collaboration. Readings can be dense and long, but making friends early on within your cohort will allow you to divide up the readings and share notes with each other. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or clarification; the chances are that everyone you will meet has experienced a similar question or feeling while in their graduate studies. Finally and arguably most importantly, remind yourself often that you are where you are for a reason, that what you are doing matters, and that you have the power within you to do great things, even if this is just the first step.