Janelle Lee from the University of Alberta was a Highly Commended Entrant in 2015 in the Social Sciences as well as the Earth & Environmental Sciences categories.
The last few years have been quite an adventure for Janelle! In 2015, she completed an eight-month internship with the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya, with her work focused on "using interactive theatre as a tool for urban youth engagement in East African cities and incorporating young people’s perspectives into policy development". She also travelled to Turkana County in northern Kenya to conduct stakeholder interviews on oil development in the region and to investigate challenges and opportunities associated with resource development.
After returning from Kenya, Janelle worked in the Boreal Forest near Peace River (located in northern Alberta) for four months doing field work, learning how to do basic moss identification and worked with a team to collect tree and shrub data to study forest management practices.
At the moment, Janelle is enjoying the freedom of grad school and being able to craft her own research, pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies in Planning at the University of Waterloo. Outside of school, most of her time is dedicated to rock climbing which she started taking up earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed the physical and mental challenge of it.
Talking about her future plan, Janelle said:
This summer, I will be traveling to Mexico City for an internship and to conduct my thesis research, both of which will deal with informal transportation systems and transportation planning in developing countries. For anyone in the UA community that is based in or near Mexico City, feel free to get in touch!
We wish Janelle all the best with her research and can't wait to read more of her works!