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Sauder distinguished scholars

The Sauder Distinguished Scholar Program recognizes exceptional researchers in other Faculties who promote Sauder’s research mission through collaboration and engagement. This program is intended to enhance research collaboration between Sauder and researchers in other Faculties.

Sauder Distinguished Scholars are awarded an annual stipend of $15,000 that can be received as salary or research allowance. The appointment is a three-year term, renewable once.


  • Full-time, tenured or tenure-streamed UBC faculty a member.
  • Exceptional research record, relative to their peer group at a comparable career stage.
  • Ability to engage with the Sauder research community.

Sauder Distinguished Scholars (2017 - 2020):

Matilde Bombardini profile

Matilde Bombardini

Associate Professor
Vancouver School of Economics

“As an economist, I am naturally inclined to think about international trade issues through models. I’ve greatly benefitted from interacting with colleagues at UBC Sauder who have a more accurate view of how multinationals and businesses in general adapt to globalization.”

Steve Heine profile

Steve Heine

Faculty of Arts, Psychology Department

"Diversity in ideas is key for scientific progress. Cross-faculty collaboration allows people to gain exposure to different theories, different methods and different audiences. I think that universities should do all they can to encourage faculty to step outside of their disciplinary silos and to forge new connections with others with different points of view and expertise."

Victoria Lemieux profile

Victoria Lemieux

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies

“I find that cross-faculty research benefits my own research enormously by raising my awareness about theories and methodologies from other disciplines that may yield insights and breakthroughs in my own field. I also find that problem-centered research really can’t be done successfully in any other way, since solving complex problems requires the interconnection of many different types of expertise.”

Carol Liao profile

Carol Liao

Assistant Professor
Peter A. Allard School of Law

“The world rarely functions in tidy categories, so why would we limit our research in this manner? Real-life problems are complex, and often need interdisciplinary perspectives in order to be adequately understood. The benefits from cross-faculty collaborations are invaluable, and this challenges me to ensure my research is relevant and robust across law and business circles.”

Bruce Shepherd profile

Bruce Shepherd

Computer Science, UBC

"Even within a single department, let alone faculty, there can be numerous distinct schools of thought. Each school comes with its own methods and own biases as to how it evaluates the quality of solutions. I believe that stimulating cross-faculty dialogue strengthens everyone by lifting us out of our own vernacular to see how the important questions are being framed in other communities."

Jessica Tracy profile

Jessica Tracy

Faculty of Arts, Psychology Dept.

"Cross-faculty collaboration is so important for building a comprehensive, theoretically sound and applicable psychological science. By talking regularly, and even collaborating, with faculty members from other disciplines, we can integrate a much broader range of ideas and findings into our own work, making our theories that much more interesting and relevant."

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