Research Affiliates - University of Lethbridge

Dr. Wei Xu is a Professor of Geography, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Xu is a Distinguished Zijiang Visiting Chair Professor at the Centre for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai.  He obtained his B.Sc., M.A. from East China Normal, an M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph. As a China study specialist, Dr. Xu has conducted numerous researches on Chinese urban and regional development. His current research interests include food security, water resource management, Chinese labor market dynamics, land use change, impact of globalization on cities, and relations between development and environment. . Professor Xu is a GIS specialist and quantitative modeler.

Dr. Sharon Yanicki is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (University of Saskatchewan), a Master of Science (in Health Promotion, University of Alberta), and her doctoral in nursing at the University of Alberta. Dr. Yanicki is a registered nurse (CARNA), and a member of a variety of professional organizations including: the Canadian and Alberta Public Health Associations (CPHA & APHA), the Western & North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCSN), and the Community Health Nurses of Canada and Alberta (CHNC & CHNA).

Dr. Julie E.E. Young is an Assistant Professor of Geography, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Young holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies. She has a doctorate in Geography and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from York University. Her research program aims to better understand North America’s borders in the context of broader global processes as well as what local practices tell us about where, how, and for whom borders work. Dr. Young’s research examines local and regional impacts of Canadian border control policies with a view to further exploring how migrants and Indigenous communities interact.

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