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Our World This Week: September 26th – October 2nd 2014

Our World This Week: September 26th – October 2nd 2014 This week saw reports citing the expansion of Antarctic sea ice for a second straight year. Given the extent of climate change, this has left scientists baffled as to why Antarctic sea ice is expanding rather than shrinking. Read more about Antarctic sea ice expansion […]
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Guidelines for Underblog Submissions

Do you want to submit a post for one of our blog categories? Read on to see the guidelines for each category. Stories from the Field Do you have an interesting story from your time in the field that you want to share? This category is not limited to undergraduate students — professors and practitioners are […]
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20 Websites Every IDS Student Should Know About

You’ve probably seen Buzzfeed articles pop on your Facebook newsfeed. With titles like “17 Things Anyone Who Has Built Ikea Furniture Knows To Be True”, these articles are a great (and hilarious) way to put off writing that analysis on microcredit schemes in Bangladesh. On occasion, however, these articles can be quite useful. Here at the Undercurrent, we […]
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Our World This Week: September 19th – 25th 2014

Our World This Week: September 19th  – September 25th 2014 This week saw a flurry of action around the United Nations Climate Summit. The Annual UN Climate Summit spurred thousands of demonstrators around the world to march ahead of the actual summit in order to press for action on climate change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper […]
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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year from all of us at the Undercurrent! We hope you had a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, exploring, pleasure reading, farmer’s markets and of course, relaxing. While you may not be overly excited about getting back into the school grind already, here at the Undercurrent we’re very excited for […]
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Too Inexperienced To Know What You’re Good At

International development graduates occupy a purgatory in the development field: thoroughly trained to identify ethical problems, they can have a hard time producing imperfect solutions; thinkers on a systemic, global scale, they are best suited for the executive level but have little of the corresponding experience or skills to get there; possessing a broad social […]
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Story from the field: “The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development”

The Words of a Twelve Year Old Girl That Forced Me To Question My Role in Development By: Chelsey Acierno In January of 2013, I participated in an exchange through SFU to the University of Cape Town in South Africa in which I was fortunate enough to secure an internship with a grassroots HIV/AIDs organization. Having […]
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Story from the field: “Lessons Learned”

Non-Governmental Actors in Ibarra, Ecuador: “Lessons Learned”  By: Melissa L. Ball When I initially arrived to the city of my assigned research placement with a small migration office, named “the Pastoral Migratoria”, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Standing in the middle of a crowded bus station in downtown Ibarra – with its boisterous […]
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Story from the field: Impoverished Yes; Impotent No!

Impoverished Yes; Impotent No! By: Ellen Sparling I met Geza, a United Nations Peace Ambassador from Ethiopia in 2011. Naturally, though dealing with a language barrier, we hit it off over our passion for travel, culture, and social justice. Over time, we decided it was time to humbly approach the vast issue of water inequality […]
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Mentors Spring 2014

Mekala W. Education, Community Building Zack G. Public Engagement on Global Issues, Project Development and Delivery, Voluntourism, Culture & Social Change Beth T. Agricultural research for development, gender research, small-scale fisheries, food security, regional focus on East Africa (Uganda) Ellen Morgan health, humanitarian work, natural resources policy Lesley G. gender, public health, sexual and reproducti
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